Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Bruno Tonioli reveals cocaine use

Bruno Tonioli

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 judge Bruno Tonili has spoken out about his use of cocaine.

Writing in his autobiography, Bruno: My Story, Bruno reveals how he experimented with drugs before his career on Strictly and its US counterpart Dancing With The Stars took off.

“Yes, I tried cocaine, but these days I would say if you want to expand your mind just read a good book," he explains. “If you have a high-profile career you just can’t do drugs. You might manage for a short while, but it’s just not possible to keep down a career in those circumstances.

“It would be impossible to keep your life together.”

Recalling one incident in 2002, two years before Strictly's first series on BBC One, Bruno said: “I took cocaine at a party. The following morning I was struck down by the most incredible headache I had ever experienced.

“I was in agony. ‘Oh my God,’ I wailed, hiding my head under a pillow. I had a headache for three days, I was unable to get out of bed. I couldn’t function.

“I thought, ‘I’ve just paid for the world’s biggest migraine.’ But that wasn’t the half of it, darling. I was ill for days.

“In hindsight, I think that’s what really scared me the most."

Bruno: My Story is out this week.

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