Strictly Come Dancing’s Neil Jones has revealed that he had to sleep on the streets for a “short period” as a teenager.
The professional dancer shared the information in a social media post urging his fans to back a charity campaign against homelessness.
He wrote on Instagram: “Not many people know but as a teen I found myself at one point sleeping on the streets for a short period but because of a charity like Depaul I was able to find a place to stay.”
Jones added that during the lockdown, he has been “lucky to be able to move into my very own flat”.
He urged people to take part in Depaul’s campaign by sleeping somewhere other than their bed – such as on the floor, in the garden or on a balcony.
He also urged them to donate £5 to the charity and nominate three friends to do the same.
Coronavirus has put many of the charity’s services under strain, he added.
Jones has previously appeared on Strictly partnered with ex-footballer Alex Scott.