Peter Andre thinks the Strictly Come Dancing Covid-19 vaccine drama is "tricky and scary", but firmly believes the stars should have the right to choose whether they get the jab.
In his latest column for new! magazine, the singer and presenter spoke out about the recent developments on the BBC One show amid reports several stars have turned down the chance to get vaccinated.
There's been further drama as McFly’s Tom Fletcher and his partner Amy Dowden were forced to isolate after testing positive for the virus.
The shock news was announced on Sunday, with both Tom and Amy confirming they would be returning to dance on 9 October, and will miss this week’s show.
Peter touched upon the reports there are three Strictly professional dancers who have reportedly refused to have the vaccine, and the Mysterious Girl hitmaker, who is fully vaccinated, said they shouldn’t be forced to have it.
"It’s a tricky and scary thing as it puts the show in jeopardy, so I understand why it’s concerning," he wrote of the news that Tom and Amy had Covid.
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"At the same time, I don’t believe you should be forced to have the vaccine as we’re not forced to have any other jabs," Peter added.
However, the former I’m a Celeb star, who is married to NHS doctor Emily, said he has seen “first-hand the chaos it can cause" as he was affected by an unvaccinated person testing positive on his production of Grease The Musical.
Peter said everyone who wasn’t double vaccinated had to isolate for 10 days, with eight members of the crew having to temporarily leave the production because they didn’t have the jab.
Luckily, the father-of-four is fully jabbed, so was able to stay on and continue working.
Peter and wife Emily, who share children Amelia, seven, and Theo, four, both previously battled Covid.
Peter tested positive in January, while Emily contracted the virus in June 2020, and she revealed that it was “quite a stressful time for us”.
“I kept away from the children completely for two weeks and luckily, I recovered completely,” she said during an appearance on Loose Women in March.
She said Peter was “quite anxious” while ill with the virus, despite being fit and healthy and with no underlying health conditions.
“He’s healthy, he does a lot of exercise, but he was still really worried. I understand that,” Emily explained.
“We see so much in the media don’t we about the scary stories. I think that really impacted him. Other than that, he was quite a good patient, I have to say.”
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