Ben Cohen Really Wanted This Gay Stud as a Dance Partner

By: Brandon Voss

Pulling off lycra and sequins as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, former rugby superstar Ben Cohen admits that he'd hoped to be half of the show's first same-sex couple. The British gay ally and antibullying activist is strutting his stuff with Kristina Rihanoff on the U.K. reality competition, but he actually wanted to be paired with hunky gay pro Robin Windsor (pictured).

“I like to break down stereotypes,” Ben tells the Mirror. “I’ve no qualms dancing with a woman or a man. Kristina will be easier to pick up though.”

Robin confirms Ben's intentions: “He kept saying to me, ‘I hope they put me with you,' but it wasn’t to be. He’s amazing, the things he has done for the gay community. I adore him.”

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