Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Bruno Tonioli admits he fancies Gary Lineker on tonight’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories!

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli is of course known for being flamboyant and outspoken, and during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories tonight, he’s no different as he reveals he fancies former footballer Gary Lineker.

The show, which airs at 9pm on ITV1, will also see Bruno talking about his life and his career as a dancer and choreographer who’s worked with some of the biggest names in showbusiness, including the Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury and Elton John. He even teaches Piers a few moves!

We’ll also see him speaking candidly about realising that he was gay during his childhood, and how his sexuality made him a target for bullies…

But with regard to his crush on Gary Lineker, The Sun’s TV Biz reports that he met the footballing legend when he was asked to teach him a “string of dance moves and fancy footwork” for a TV advert.

Bruno told Piers, “I did fancy him. I touched his bum immediately. That’s an Italian thing.”

He added, “There’s nothing dirty about it, there’s just a feeling of somebody close to you.

“But I don’t think Gary was feeling the same.”

However, of the end of his romance with partner Paul, who he was with for 20 years, Bruno said, “I don’t have anyone in my life now because I haven’t met the right person.

“But it’s always nice being with somebody, it’s wonderful.”

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And finally, of the realization that he’s gay, which occurred in his teenaged years, Bruno said, “I had lots of girlfriends but I didn’t feel that kind of tingly thing that you feel when you fancy somebody.

“It came to a point that I realised that I felt the tingle when I went swimming with the naked boys.”

Here’s a reminder of Bruno on Celebrity Juice recently…

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