Dan Walker consoled by Strictly partner amid claims he 'broke down' backstage

Dan Walker reportedly sobbed in his Strictly Come Dancing dressing room last Saturday remembering his friend Gary Speed. The former Wales manager took his own life in 2011, aged just 42.

Dan had a close friendship with Gary and interviewed him on Football Focus the day before he died.

After his Strictly performance, Dan apparently re-watched his last interview with Gary and broke down in tears.

He was comforted by his dance partner, Nadiya Bychkova, and the pair were seen hugging as Dan sobbed onto her shoulder.

A source told The Sun: “Dan was in bits because he had watched a re-run of his interview with Gary which took place the day before he died.

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“The two were very close, and it was a haunting, harrowing watch.

“Dan tried to hold it together, but the emotion of the evening became too much after their dance and he broke down in the dressing room.

“Nadiya consoled him. She was amazing, and basically let him cry it out on her shoulder.”

The source added that the exchange has prompted some “gossiping” behind the scenes about Dan and Nadiya’s relationship.

Last weekend, Dan paid an emotional tribute to Gary and said he believes his tragic death has opened up a conversation about mental health.

Dan recalled their final interview in a BBC video remembering the midfielder.

He said: “I remember the day really vividly and I do go over it in my mind quite a bit… The last thing I said to him was, ‘I’ll call you on Monday and we’ll organise a game of golf’. And that’s where we left it.

“The next morning, I remember being sat in church and my phone was going crazy. Phone call after phone call. Text, text, text…

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