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Strictly Come Dancing’s Laura Whitmore says she ‘cried every day’ on dance show

Survival of the Fittest presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing star, Laura Whitmore, has revealed that she “cried every day” on the BBC dance show after being placed with a professional she was “extremely uncomfortable with.”
Laura placed seventh with Giovanni Pernice in the 2016 series of the show. Giovanni had recently separated from another Strictly star, Corrie‘s Georgia May Foote.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Laura said: “I’m still not ready to talk in depth about my experience on the show.

I love dancing – I topped the leaderboard twice – but before it even began, I was thrown into the lion’s den and into the middle of someone’s break-up that had nothing to do with me. Once again, I was a ‘rumoured love interest’.
Giovanni Pernice and Georgia May Foote.

Image: Getty “I was placed with a dance partner I was extremely uncomfortable with – and in the end I felt broken. I cried every day.

And I really was broken, both mentally and physically, by the end,” she continued. “To the outside world I tried to suck it up and smile, and I did that to the best of my ability, but it affected me deeply. My friends and family knew that I was struggling.

And they were there for me. The media, however, saw me as blonde bait in a sequinned dress.” Strictly Come Dancing’s Laura Whitmore says she ‘cried every day’ on dance show
Image: BBC

Elsewhere in the frank blog post, Laura opened up about her sexual assault in a nightclub in London last year, along with a similar event in a nightclub when she was just sixteen years old. She wrote: “Last year I was in a club with my friends and I could feel a hand on the back of my leg. Initially I thought it was my boyfriend messing or a mate about to pinch my bottom – but the hand went under my skirt, between my legs, and firmly touched me.

As I turned, I saw it was a guy who I did not know. He was laughing.” The presenter added that she’s wanted to open up about these concerns for some time and feels that the #MeToo movement, which has seen scores of women open up about sexual harassment, is just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Good Housekeeping has contacted the BBC and representatives of Laura’s former dance partner Giovanni Pernice for comment. (Main image: BBC) Via Digital Spy

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