Strictly Come Dancing, Johannes Radebe recounted how his mother encouraged his ballroom dreams despite their financial difficulties.
The professional dancer, 33, was raised by his mother Jacobeth, 61, in the township of Sasolburg, South Africa, after the death of his father at the age of 12.
Radebe said hello! magazine: “We had financial difficulties, but all that we lacked, she made up for with love.
Proud: Strictly Come Dancing, Johannes Radebe spoke about how his mother encouraged his ballroom dreams despite their financial difficulties
“I learned that as long as you have a hot meal, a bed and a roof over your head, you should be thankful.
“Above all, mom taught me how to love and how people around you feel loved.
“I respect her and I applaud her. She has done a phenomenal job and she is unique, my best friend. ”
History: The dancer, who celebrated a same sex routine last year, suffered homophobic bullying when he was growing up
Radebe has been with his family in Sasolburg since the start of the foreclosure.
He said, “This is where I started my journey. Having mom with me now is so special. It is rare to find it dancing, but I know it can move.
“I watched her play her favorite music. She’s such an elegant woman, so I think the ballroom would be perfect for her.
His mother told the magazine about the homophobic bullying that his gay son experienced when he grew up.
Way to the top: the professional dancer, 33, was raised by his mother Jacobeth, 61, in the canton of Sasolburg, South Africa, after the death of his father at the age of 12.
She said: “I couldn’t fight the world for my son but I made sure he was loved and that he treated everyone with respect and kindness.
“Where are these brutes who made fun of the very thing that launched him into his destiny?”
“I am extremely proud and happy for him. When I watch him dance, it’s surreal. What blows me is that it’s real and he’s my son.
The BBC has confirmed that Strictly will return to screens later this year, but with a shorter series than usual due to the coronavirus.
In the newspaper: The BBC confirmed that Strictly will return to screens later this year, but with a shorter series than usual due to the coronavirus
“I’m as intrigued as anyone,” said Radebe.
“Fingers crossed, they find a solution because we cannot face winter without Strictly. People will not be able to cope.
Take your copy: Read the full interview in this week’s Hello! magazine
This comes after rumors that Mark Feehily of Westlife should be part of Strictly’s first gay couple.
Sources say the 40-year-old singer is in talks to appear on the dance competition show for her 2020 edition, and will be paired with Johannes.
A source told The Sun, “Mark is a big fan of Strictly. Almost all celebrities are registered, but the Beeb want it to work and get them involved.
Mark, who became gay in 2005, would have been invited to be part of the show’s 2019 series, but had to refuse it because Westlife was to go on tour at the time.
MailOnline contacted Strictly Come Dancing and Mark’s representatives for comments.
In November of last year, Mark expressed interest in signing up for Strictly to The Mirror, but only if he was paired with a man, otherwise it “would feel strange”.
Making history: Westlife’s Mark Feehily “should be in the first gay couple in Strictly Come Dancing with Johannes”, we learned on Saturday
Interested: In November of last year, Mark (pictured in 2019) expressed interest in signing up for Strictly, but only if he was associated with a man, otherwise it would feel strange.
Commenting on how he wanted to be part of the first same-sex couple in the series, he said, “It would have to be with a guy, because it would be strange for me to go with a girl.
“Well, it wouldn’t be strange, but why shouldn’t I do it with a guy?”
The Daily Star also reported that the show’s Christmas special would be suspended until 2021 because filming would be “too hard” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, even if stars were reserved for the show.
Put on hold: The Daily Star also reported that the show’s Christmas special would be suspended until 2021 because the shooting would be “too hard” (photo Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton)
A source speaking about the publication said: “Usually, the filming of the Christmas special only takes a few days.
“But doing it under current guidelines would mean quarantining celebrities two weeks in advance. It’s just not worth it for an episode.
“It was not an easy decision, but the producers did not feel they had a choice.”
Affirmation: Even if the stars were booked, a source said that it was not worth quarantining them for two weeks to film the special (photo Richard Arnold and Luba Mushtuk)
Johannes danced with Graziano Di Prima last year in a professional dance in the show, alongside Aljaž Škorjanec, 29, Luba Mushtuk, 29, while Emeli Sande crowned his latest single.
According to the BBC, the dance received the most complaints at the time, while 189 viewers protested the routine.
However, the channel rightly embraced its LGBTQ + audience, as they said in a statement: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano during the dance of the professionals.
“They are above all dancers and their gender has no bearing on their routine.”
Supporting the LGBTQ + audience: Johannes danced with Graziano last year in a professional dance on the show alongside Aljaž Škorjanec and Luba Mushtuk
After the dance, Johannes admitted that he felt “liberated” and honored to play with his best friend in the first all-male routine of the show, as he told Hello! Magazine that it made him feel really “accepted”.
From revolutionary routine, he said, “I have never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am.
“It says a lot about the people of this country. Being able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyful.
“There is a lot of bromance between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, chic and elegant. ”
Delighted: After the dance, Johannes admitted he felt “liberated” and honored to play with his best friend in the first all-male routine of the show