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Wednesday 08 April 2009

Stefano: "I gave up love for dancing"

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News Staff - 2nd April 2009

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TV's Dancing with the Stars gay professional dancer Stefano Olivieri has told Women's Day magazine about the relationship he sacrificed for his career.

"Let's get outta here!" Geraldine Brophy & Stefano Olivieri (pic: TVNZ)

His success on the popular Kiwi dancing show meant he was offered work on the Aussie version, meaning he had to try to make his partnership with an Auckland-based man work long-distance.

"When I came back we would renew and re-bond, but then he would really get upset when he had to drop me at the airport," the two-series winning dancer told the magazine.

Their relationship had to end because the trans-Tasman travelling became too much for the busy couple, he explained. Olivieri is now shortlisted for the American version of the show later this year.

Meanwhile, the dancer's appearance on the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars courted controversy when he made a comment which one judge labeled "inappropriate" and the TVNZ website says "simply cannot be repeated."

Transmitted live, viewers heard his dancing partner Geraldine Brophy explain she had "come as a bumblebee" in a black and yellow frock. Then Olivieri quipped: "if you've come as a bumblebee, I've come in my pants!"