Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about his past struggles with homophobia and the trauma he faced as a teenager. The Strictly Come Dancing judge revealed that he had managed to escape the HIV epidemic that claimed the lives of many of his friends during the AIDS crisis.

In a candid interview, Horwood spoke about his experiences growing up in Australia and how he was subjected to homophobic abuse. He admitted that he had internalized some of the negativity directed towards him and had struggled with his own self-acceptance.

Horwood also shared how he witnessed the devastating impact of the AIDS crisis firsthand. He revealed that many of his friends had died from the disease, and he considers himself lucky to have escaped infection. He expressed gratitude for the advancements in medical science that have made it possible to live with HIV today.

The renowned choreographer credited his passion for dance and performing arts for helping him through difficult times. He acknowledged that the entertainment industry provided a safe haven for him to express himself and find acceptance.

Horwood emphasized the importance of education and awareness in combating homophobia and discrimination. He highlighted the need for society to continue working towards inclusivity and understanding for LGBTQ+ individuals.

The Strictly judge’s revelation comes as he promotes his new book, “In Strictest Confidence.” In the book, he delves into his personal journey and shares his experiences with bullying, abuse, and his sexuality.

Horwood’s honesty and vulnerability in discussing his past struggles have resonated with many fans. His story serves as a reminder of the progress made in LGBTQ+ rights and the ongoing work needed to create a more accepting and inclusive society.

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