Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli in tears during interview

So sad

Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli was in tears during a radio interview today as he recalled the deaths of several loved ones in a short space of time.

Appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the dancer became noticeably choked up as he spoke about a devastating period of saying goodbye to friends and family.

Bruno explained his “seven-year nightmare” began in 1994 with the death of his beloved mother.

It was an emotional interview for Bruno (Credit: BBC)

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“She was supposed to come to London in the summer and I spoke to her the week before on the phone,” he said.

“It was a Saturday afternoon and I got the phone call. It was brutal. ‘Your mother is dead’. I mean, what? Horrendous. I had to rush back to Italy in a totally distraught state. My father was bewildered.”

It was a wide-ranging interview (Credit: Twitter)

Bruno, 62, said he later found out his mother hadn’t told him the extent of her medical problems: he knew she had high blood pressure but after she passed away, he found medications in her home pointing to heart troubles.

“[She was protecting me],” he said. “But I would do the same. I’d be worried all the time, on the phone every day if I had known she wasn’t well.”

And Bruno’s heartbreak didn’t end there…

Bruno said he was lucky to have a good support network of friends (Credit: BBC)

“Between 1994 and 2000 everyone passed away,” he recalled. “Not just my mum, but my grandma, my grandfather, very close friends in London.

“It was a relentless period where you have knock after knock. It was seven years of nightmare. I was lucky to have a group of very close friends to support me.”

Bruno then became tearful as he introduced one of his chosen songs, Rod Stewart’s In My Life.

Bruno with his Strictly co-stars (Credit: BBC)

“This song is a poem,” said Bruno.

“I love Rod Stewart’s version because of his voice, he’s such a great performer. This song, for me, is dedicated to all those people who have passed away.

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“In spite of what happened in my life… I might have moved away but they are still part of me.”

Breaking off, he said: “I’m getting emotional…”

Kirsty Young then stepped in to suggest they just played the song, while Bruno composed himself.

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