Belfast Telegraph

Claudia Fragapane Strictly banned from dating until she is 25

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Claudia Fragapane has been banned from dating until the age of 25 by her father.

The Olympic gymnast, 18, will be swapping floor routines for the dance floor - but she has no plans to find romance with her dance partner.

In an interview in July, the Team GB competitor revealed she had put aside her love life to focus on her career.

She told The Mail: "My dad has banned any boyfriends until I'm 25. Gymnastics is a young sport, so I know I'll have time to do stuff when I'm older.

"I want to set up my own gym and go on Strictly."

Fragapane was announced as the 11th Strictly contestant on Saturday, joining a line-up which includes Ed Balls, Will Young and Louise Redknapp.

She said: "I am a really big fan of Strictly Come Dancing and am so excited to be chosen to take part this year.

"I am used to performing in front of big crowds but this is going to be so different to my floor routines in gymnastics - but I love a challenge and performing! I also love dressing up and wearing sparkly costumes!"

She will arrive on the dance floor fresh from competing in the Rio Olympic Games, where she earned her place in the UK squad by excelling at floor and vault routines.

The gymnast bagged four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and she won silver at the European Championships in 2015 and bronze in a team event at the World Championships.


From Belfast Telegraph