Strictly's Johannes Radebe gushes that John Whaithe is 'perfect for him'


Strictly’s Johannes Radebe gushed on Friday’s episode of Lorraine that his partner John Whaithe is ‘perfect for him’ after the pair were sighted looking cosy as they left It Takes Two Filming the night before. 

The pro dancer, 34, who is one half of the first male same-sex couple on Strictly, said: ‘He’s perfect for me. It’s the first time I’ve ever had anyone match my strength.’

John, 34, – who has been lifting Johannes in the air for parts of their choreography – added: ‘I’ve never felt so trusted in my life. At first I felt overwhelmed. But we click, we click so perfectly.’  

Affectionate: Strictly's Johannes Radebe gushed that John Whaithe is 'perfect for him' as a dance partner  - after the pair were sighted looking cosy as they left It Takes Two Filming the night before

Affectionate: Strictly’s Johannes Radebe gushed that John Whaithe is ‘perfect for him’ as a dance partner  – after the pair were sighted looking cosy as they left It Takes Two Filming the night before

He continued: ‘We just have a lot of respect for each other, and we’ve maintained it throughout.’

‘It’s a risk. We could break each others’ necks spinning around. It is dangerous. We’ve bashed each others’ heads once or twice but we live to tell the tale.’ 

Of their success as dance partners, Johannes added: ‘I’ve never made it this far in the competition. And that’s the reality: He’s here and we’ve got this far.’

Referencing the potential controversy of an all-male couple, John said: ‘We’re conditioned as gay people to take flack. But we’ve had no flack. It just goes to show that the world is ready for this. People don’t see two men they see dance partners.’ 

Close: It comes after Bake Off star John placed his hand affectionately on his partner Johannes' leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night

Close: It comes after Bake Off star John placed his hand affectionately on his partner Johannes’ leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night 

‘Injustice has to be remedied with justice, and then that leads to equality. Next year there might be three all male couples,’ he added. 

The heartwarming chat comes after John placed his hand affectionately on his Johannes’ leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night.

The Bake Off starand his professional dancerlooked cosy as they departed the TV studios in London together to head home. 

Partners: John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes' thigh

Partners: John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes’ thigh

John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes’ thigh before giving a cheerful thumbs up. 

Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck. 

The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle. 

Style: Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck

Style: Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck

John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single.  

In a recent candid interview with Attitude magazine, they discussed being the show’s first ever all-male pairing.  

The Bake Off star told the publication he was ‘anxious’ about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are ‘conditioned’ to expect ‘hate and flack’, and he thought he would be targeted by trolls. 

‘As soon as I found out, I felt a little bit anxious. I think as gay people, we have to choose the places we go to, we have to choose the people we speak to, who we even look at, because we have been conditioned to kind of expect hate and flack.

Precautions: The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle

Precautions: The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle

‘So honestly, I was quite anxious about it. I knew that it was an important thing to do, that it was hopefully going to change the way TV is, change the way that children feel when they watch TV — it’s massive — but I was expecting to get a lot of hate, like [people] sliding into the DMs and saying, “You’re disgusting” and that kind of thing.’ 

The baker explained that he feels uncomfortable with people calling him and Johannes ‘role models’ as they have people helping them behind the scenes from make-up artists to costume designers, insisting they are ‘lucky’ to be ‘representing for our people’. 

Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police.   

Spoken for: John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single

Spoken for: John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single

Dance partners: John looked over at Johannes as they left the studio together

Dance partners: John looked over at Johannes as they left the studio together

During an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch last month, the South African stressed that it is crucial it is to consider both his location and appearance when out and about. 

Johannes recalled his ‘terrible’ experiences and admitted that he now avoids wearing a leather jacket and cap.

He said: ‘I’m going to stop wearing a cap and a black leather jacket. 

Scary: Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police

Scary: Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police

Historic: They are the show's first all-male pairing

Historic: They are the show’s first all-male pairing

Out and about: The pair will perform a Samba on Saturday night's show

Out and about: The pair will perform a Samba on Saturday night’s show 

‘I say that because I get stopped all the time, and they [the police] go, “Oh sorry, it’s not you.” 

‘I’m tall, I’m black it’s important who you are and what you do and where you hang around.’

The talented dancer revealed how he has to make an effort to dress ‘civilised’ in a bid to prevent being stopped by the police.

Scared: John recently told Attitude Magazine he was 'anxious' about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are 'conditioned' to expect 'hate and flack', and he thought he would be targeted by trolls

Scared: John recently told Attitude Magazine he was ‘anxious’ about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are ‘conditioned’ to expect ‘hate and flack’, and he thought he would be targeted by trolls

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