Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Opposites attract for Flavia

Flavia Cacace has said she was surprised when Jimi Mistry proposed to her

Strictly Come Dancing star Flavia Cacace says her romance with actor Jimi Mistry is a case of opposites attract.

The dancer said she was surprised when Jimi, who she met when they were paired up on the show in 2010, proposed during a romantic break in the new year.

She told Hello! Magazine: "I think we're still a little bit in shock."

Flavia, 34, said 40-year-old Jimi got down on one knee to present her with a square-shaped diamond engagement ring set in platinum.

She said: "I tend to laugh easily, whereas he was a bit more emotional. I was trying to calm him down. But it was so special and lovely."

The Italian-born star said the pair, whose romance began after Jimi was voted off the BBC ballroom show, complement each other because they are so different.

She said: "I've had a unique life with my dancing, my whole life has revolved around it, so I didn't go through a 'normal' adolescence. Whereas Jimi has had a more normal life - university, drama school.

"He's quite a chilled person whereas I'm disciplined and hard working - probably too much. He's more, 'Let's have a weekend away'. On the other hand he now goes to the gym, eats his greens and his vitamins. I appreciate him calming me down when I need to, and I get the whip out when it's gym time."

The couple have not set a date for their wedding - or worked out their first dance. "We'll have to find a song first," Flavia joked.

Read the full interview in Hello! Magazine, out now.

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