Former Strictly Come Dancing star Reverend Richard Coles revealed that he was in hospital and recovering after undergoing spinal surgery.
The star first shared a snap on X, formally known as Twitter, of his legs stretched out in compression socks and later shared another picture of his hand with a cannula in it.
He captioned the photo of his hand: “Well I totally get the thing Michael Jackson had for Propofol. Felt a tad woozy next thing I knew I was in recovery with an upgraded spine (not illustrated) having a lovely dream about dirigibles.”
His followers sent through well wishes, as one penned: “Glad you’re well, sir. Keep up the good work, and listen to the nurses! Propofol is good stuff. I had it daily for a month during my ECT”, while another said: “Good luck, I hope everything goes well and you will soon be feeling much better”.
A third added: “Wishing you a speedy recovery. After my op they gave me morphine and I was dreaming that the thunderbirds were at the bottom of our garden and the horse in the paddock next door didn’t like them.”
Richard featured on the dancing show in 2017 and was the second celebrity to be eliminated from the show. He was partnered with Dianne Buswell who described him as a “friend for life” after his abrupt exit.
The star struck up a new romance this year after losing his partner Reverend David Coles four years ago, following a battle with alcoholism.
Earlier this year Richard announced that he and his new beau 58-year-old Dickie Cant had struck up a close relationship online, which later blossomed into something deeper after they met in-person.
Richard revealed to The Sunday Times that the pair had enjoyed their first date at the Royal Horticultural Society, where they both experienced a mutual attraction.
Richard, who previously worked at the BBC as a radio presenter and writer, added that his new man isn't bothered by his prominence in the on-screen showbiz industry, and, in turn, he is unfazed by Dickie's atheism.
Speaking to the publication, Richard also discussed the heartache of losing his husband, admitting: "I'm angry when people speak in a way that means they think you should be over it. It's not a cold.
Richard – who was in a celibate, civil partnership with his late husband – announced David's passing on Twitter, before writing about his loss in his own book, The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss.
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