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Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood opens up about his rent boy past

Nick Duffy October 31, 2016

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about trading sex for dance lessons as a teenager.

The out TV judge, now 51, revealed in his autobiography that he made money as a teen by performing as a drag queen and a sexual relationship with a ‘sugar daddy’.

Appearing on gay internet sketch show Here She Is, the dancer and choreographer opened up about his former line of work.

He said: “It is true… I sold my wares for dance lessons. That’s how I paid, that’s how I paid for my dance lessons.”

Asked what his going rate had been, he said: “It was a year of dance lessons, so add that up … and look at me now, darling!”

Speaking about it previously, he said: “I only had the one client – I do have certain morals! It was like the casting couch, so it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

“It was this man who was 43 and I was 17.

“He said I will pay for your classes but you come away with me and we do the dirty.

“I suppose that could be compared to a lady getting engaged and getting a great big sparkling Tiffany ring – and then breaking off the engagement but keeping the ring.”

The judge has been an outspoken supporter of permitting same-sex dance couples on the show, despite bosses’ insistence on a ‘traditional’ format.

Last year he conceded: “I was rather hoping for a same sex couple – I doubt that it’ll happen this year.

“But I’d love it to happen because that might put a spanner in the works.”

Former Strictly star James Jordan claimed that it would be “wrong” to feature same-sex dance couples on the show.

He insisted: “It’s wrong. I think they would lose so many viewers.

“I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions.

“But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman – that’s fact.

“It annoys me that people like Craig can say this because he’s gay. That’s the only reason he’s pushing it.”

More: Craig Revel Horwood, Dance, Dancing, Gay, protstitute, rent boy, Strictly, Strictly Come Dancing, Television

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