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Colin Jackson hits back at claims he turned down same-sex Dancing On Ice partnership

Colin opened up about his sexuality for the first time in September 2017 during an appearance on a Swedish TV show.

During the interview, the retired athlete said he had to come out to his mum and dad in 2006 after a story emerged in the press.

He said: “I was waiting for them in the kitchen. They walked in and they sat down. My mother could see my face and I was quite distraught. It didn’t phase them at all.

“My mum went: ‘First of all, is the story true?’ And I said it’s true, so it’s not like I can deny it. And then she went: ‘Well, why are people so disgraceful?’ I just realised, I’ve got the best parents.”

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