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Entertainment Ian ‘H’ Watkins says complaints about his same-sex Dancing on Ice routine are a ‘dagger to the heart’

23:30  15 january  2020
23:30  15 january  2020 Source:   ok.co.uk

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' Dagger to the heart ': Ian ' H ' Watkins has branded homophobic criticism of his same - sex Dancing On Ice routine 'a dagger to the heart '. While the duo received an 'incredible' reaction from most viewers, the pop star said he is worried about a 'small minority breeding negativity' and 'bigots' coming into

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Former Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins has branded the 16 Dancing on Ice viewers who complained to Ofcom about his same-sex performance with Matt Evers on the show as "bigots".

The 43 year old Dancing on Ice star made TV history when he became the first contestant to compete with a professional partner of the same-sex, Matt Evers, and even had judge John Barrowman in tears.

While most of the feedback of the history-making performance was incredibly positive, some had complained to Ofcom and others had even shared homophobic abuse online about the same-sex routine, which H admitted felt like a “dagger in his heart”.

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Speaking to HuffPost UK he said: “The reaction was incredible – a lot of the comments were overwhelmingly supportive, but when people call you hideous names and say things like ‘it’s not natural’ or ‘you’re a f****t’, all of those awful names, for me, they’re a dagger in my heart.”

He added: “I think the world has progressed and changed so much, but those kinds of people still exist and will come into contact with my children.

“And those bigots will breed more bigots and we’re bigger and better than that now, as a society. It’s changed so much, but there’s still a small minority that breeds negativity and it’s hideous. ”

H’s professional DOI partner Matt, 43, clapped back at the repots of the Ofcom complaints earlier this week, with a simple tweet which read: “16 out of 5.5 million... the odds are in our favour.”

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But, the former Tragedy hit-singer said the complaints are still difficult to hear about, despite their volume.

He said: “It hurts, because 16 people were offended so much by two guys dancing on ice together – it’s not like we were ripping each other’s clothes off and snogging. It’s crazy!

a group of people posing for the camera: Ian is competing against Joe Swash, Perri Kiely and Maura Higgins on Dancing on Ice © ITV Ian is competing against Joe Swash, Perri Kiely and Maura Higgins on Dancing on Ice

“I thought what we did was very tasteful, it was strong, it was dynamic.”

Now the first performance is out the way, Ian said he wants to get on with the competition.

“I want my skating to do the talking, I want to be treated the same as any other couple who’s on the show – and I think we will be by the judges,” he said.

“The first one was to get the first skate out of the way and represent a whole different community. For the next one, I’d like to push the boundaries a little bit more and do a romantic song and portray it beautifully and delicately and just the same as a heterosexual couple – I want to tell a love story.

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