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Strictly Come Dancing star Matt Goss paid £20K to fly bulldog to UK

Strictly Come Dancing heart-throb Matt Goss paid £20,000 to fly his beloved bulldog ‘Reggie’ to Britain as he says the pooch is ‘everything to me’

  • Beloved pet endured a 6,000-mile journey from Los Angeles by plane and car
  • The 53-year-old star said: ‘He’s my furry son. We are inseparable and telepathic’
  • Goss said he was taking part in tribute to mum Carol, who died of cancer in 2014

Strictly heart-throb Matt Goss paid £20,000 to fly his pet dog to Britain to join him while he takes part in the dance show. 

Bulldog Reggie endured a 6,000-mile journey from Los Angeles to Frankfurt before being driven in a 4×4 to London. The trip took 24 hours. 

Former Bros singer Goss, 53, right with Reggie, said: ‘It’s a military operation trying to get Reggie back home, everything from shots to his own passport, handlers to get him to Frankfurt, then he’s got to drive from Frankfurt. It has been endless. 

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Matt Goss said he paid £20,000 to fly his pet dog – which he describes as his ‘furry son’ – to Britain to join him while he takes part in the dance show

Goss said his dog had to endure a 24-hour, 6,000-mile journey that 6,000-mile journey spanning from Los Angeles to Frankfurt before being driven in a 4×4 to London

‘The temperatures in LA and Germany both had to be below 80F (27C) at the time of departure because he is a bulldog. 

‘It’s all to do with his breathing. 

‘He is everything to me. I think he will make me feel a lot more settled. He’s my furry son. I love him with all my heart. 

‘We are inseparable and we are telepathic.’

Goss says he is taking part in Strictly in tribute to his mum Carol, who died of cancer in 2014. 

The singer, who has homes in the UK and the US, is dating jeweller Chantal Brown, ex-wife of EastEnders actor Paul Nicholls.

The former Bros singer, 53, made his debut on the show on Saturday with Nadiya Bychkova

One to watch: Goss, who found fame in 1980s pop group Bros, is one of the most anticipated stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, which began on Friday evening



Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’


Age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’


Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’


Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’



Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’


Age: 55 

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’



Age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’


 Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’


Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’


 Age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 


Age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’


Age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’


 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’


Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’


Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’



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