Strictly's John Whaite places his hand affectionately on partner Johannes Radebe's leg

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    Strictly’s John Whaite placed his hand affectionately on his partner Johannes Radebe’s leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night.

    The Bake Off star, 32, and his professional dancer, 34, looked cosy as they departed the TV studios in London together to head home. 

    John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes’ thigh before giving a cheerful thumbs up. 

    Close: Strictly's John Whaite placed his hand affectionately on his partner Johannes Radebe's leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night

    Close: Strictly’s John Whaite placed his hand affectionately on his partner Johannes Radebe’s leg as they left It Takes Two in the back of a taxi on Thursday night

    Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck. 

    The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle. 

    John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single.  

    Affectionate: The Bake Off star, 32, and his professional dancer, 34, looked cosy as they departed the TV studios together to head home

    Affectionate: The Bake Off star, 32, and his professional dancer, 34, looked cosy as they departed the TV studios together to head home

    Partners: John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes' thigh

    Partners: John looked suave in a black leather jacket and jeans as he leant over to rest his hand on Johannes’ thigh

    Their outing comes after John and Johannes’ candid interview with Attitude magazine, where they discussed being the show’s first ever all-male pairing.  

    He told the publication he was ‘anxious’ about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are ‘conditioned’ to expect ‘hate and flack’, and he thought he would be targeted by trolls. 

    ‘As soon as I found out, I felt a little bit anxious. I think as gay people, we have to choose the places we go to, we have to choose the people we speak to, who we even look at, because we have been conditioned to kind of expect hate and flack.

    Style: Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck

    Style: Meanwhile Johannes looked smart in a black three-piece suit which he wore over a velvet roll neck

    Precautions: The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle

    Precautions: The pair both put safety first and donned surgical face masks as they sat in the back of the vehicle

    ‘So honestly, I was quite anxious about it. I knew that it was an important thing to do, that it was hopefully going to change the way TV is, change the way that children feel when they watch TV — it’s massive — but I was expecting to get a lot of hate, like [people] sliding into the DMs and saying, “You’re disgusting” and that kind of thing.’ 

    The baker explained that he feels uncomfortable with people calling him and Johannes ‘role models’ as they have people helping them behind the scenes from make-up artists to costume designers, insisting they are ‘lucky’ to be ‘representing for our people’. 

    Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police.   

    Spoken for: John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single

    Spoken for: John has been in a relationship with graphic designer Paul Atkins since 2008 while Johannes is thought to be single

    Dance partners: John looked over at Johannes as they left the studio together

    Dance partners: John looked over at Johannes as they left the studio together

    During an appearance on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch last month, the South African stressed that it is crucial it is to consider both his location and appearance when out and about. 

    Johannes recalled his ‘terrible’ experiences and admitted that he now avoids wearing a leather jacket and cap.

    He said: ‘I’m going to stop wearing a cap and a black leather jacket. 

    Scary: Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police

    Scary: Johannes recently revealed he feels the need to change how he dresses after he was accosted by the police

    Historic: They are the show's first all-male pairing

    Historic: They are the show’s first all-male pairing

    Out and about: The pair will perform a Samba on Saturday night's show

    Out and about: The pair will perform a Samba on Saturday night’s show 

    ‘I say that because I get stopped all the time, and they [the police] go, “Oh sorry, it’s not you.” 

    ‘I’m tall, I’m black it’s important who you are and what you do and where you hang around.’

    The talented dancer revealed how he has to make an effort to dress ‘civilised’ in a bid to prevent being stopped by the police.

    Scared: John recently told Attitude Magazine he was 'anxious' about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are 'conditioned' to expect 'hate and flack', and he thought he would be targeted by trolls

    Scared: John recently told Attitude Magazine he was ‘anxious’ about dancing with a male because he believes gay people are ‘conditioned’ to expect ‘hate and flack’, and he thought he would be targeted by trolls

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