Dr Ranj Singh says the prognosis for his personal life couldn’t be better after securing the acceptance of his family.
The Attitude TV Award winner has revealed that his parents fully came to terms with his sexuality during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing last year.
Ranj, who grew up in a traditional, relatively religious Indian household, was initially 'outed' to them following the breakdown of his marriage to a woman over a decade ago – but they hadn’t spoken about the subject since.
“I wasn’t ready to talk. I never felt as if it was the right time, and over the 10 years that it took me to deal with it and get to where I am now, I feel my parents had a bit of that as well,” he explains in the Attitude Awards issue, available to download and to order globally now.
The cha-cha-chance to have that long-overdue conversation arrived when Ranj, 40, whirled his way into the nation’s heart during the BBC One ballroom competition.
“It was only when something came out in the newspapers, somebody brought it to their attention that we had a chat,” he recalls.
See what happened in special behind-the-scenes film of his exclusive cover shoot below:
Read the full interview with Dr Ranj Singh in the Attitude Awards issue, out now.