Tristan MacManus worried love of dancing would brand him gay

Tristan MacManus
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I’m A Celebrity contestant  Tristan MacManus says he kept his youthful dancing career a secret for fear people would think him gay.

Tristan MacManus

  • born in Ireland.
  • Participated in ballroom dancing competitions in his youth.
  • also played football at the time.
  • later became a dancing partner on US Dancing With the Stars before featuring on Strictly Come Dancing UK.
  • Married Australian actress Tahyna MacManus in 2013.
  • Judge on Australia’s Dancing With the Stars for two seasons.

Tristan MacManus is now a football reporter on Chanel 10.

(What does it say about I’m A Celebrity that we need to give you a biography of the stars?)

Tristan said people considered male ballroom dancers gay where he grew up.

“I finished competitive dancing because I hurt my knee, and I got to an age where I was embarrassed by it.

“I happened to be good at something that wasn’t a good thing to be good at. It just wasn’t what you did where I was from.

“The town I grew up in was very much a tough town. Manly men. So being a ballroom dancer in that scenario wasn’t a very comfortable situation to be in. I kept it a secret for an awful long time.

“A lot of the things people were saying about dancers, I believed a lot of that as well, [like] who you had to be, what type of person you were, if you were gay.”

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“And I knew the people I danced with, I really liked them and wanted to be around then, and I felt embarrassed that I didn’t defend my friends in that way.”
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