Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Louis Smith has Kimberley Walsh crush!

Louis Smith (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith has ditched his girlfriend, admitting to having a crush on Kimberley Walsh!

In an interview with The Sun, the gymnastic legend revealed he split from his current girlfriend who he met on holiday.

“I met Chantelle on holiday and we went for a meal. There was definitely something there but it was never serious," Louis told the newspaper. “That’s part of meeting someone, though, isn’t it? Thinking you have a connection and going out to get to know each other a bit more.

“But Chantelle is not my girlfriend. I’d like to get into a relationship but I don’t think I’ve got time at the minute, so it would be unfair on the girl.

“I try not to have flings but it’s tough when you’ve been single for 18 months. I’d like to think I maintain respect for any girl I get involved with, though."

And Louis, who walked away from the London 2012 games earlier this year with two medals, said: "I am single and free to talk to, text and meet other women — like Kimberley Walsh, who is beautiful.”

Louis added: “The thing about having a crush on a celebrity is that, if you’ve never met them, you are attracted to them but when you meet them it changes.

“Before I met Kimberley I was like, ‘Oh my God, Kimberley from Girls Aloud!’

“But now we’re on the same show, we get on well. We’re like mates. The show is brilliant because if you stick me in front of a camera I’m confident. But I do get shy when I’m talking to good-looking women. I need more practise.”

The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows start on Friday night on BBC One.

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