I would do anything to win Flavia back again ..but Matt's stolen the only woman I ever loved; EXCLUSIVE CHEATED STRICTLY VINCENT'S PAIN ..IN HIS OWN HEARTBREAKING WORDS WE WERE TWIN SOULS WE'D TALKED OF MARRIAGE I PRAY THEY'LL FIZZLE OUT.
HEARTBROKEN Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone last night blasted Matt di Angelo for stealing the only woman he ever loved.
Vincent, 29, speaking for the first time about the astonishing romance between Flavia Cacace and dance partner Matt that had millions of viewers hooked, told of his...
AGONY as he watched his girlfriend of 13 years cosy up with Matt on the sofa at the end-of-show party.
DESPAIR as Flavia, 27, confessed she had feelings for EastEnders star Matt, 20.
JEALOUSY as the couple hit it off in between smouldering dances on the hit BBC1 show.
FURY as host Tess Daly publicly fuelled the love tangle.
FEAR that he won't cope with next month's UK Strictly tour as the lovebirds get closer.
HOPE that the heady romance will fizzle out and Flavia will return to him.
World tango champion Vincent, speaking exclusively to The People, said:
'Matt has stolen the only woman I've ever loved. I feel empty and am beside myself. I've never felt like this before and all I want is to have her back.
She's the love of my life and I thought we'd be together forever and get married but now I don't know what's going on.
I didn't even want to go to the end-of-show wrap party but I forced myself. When she and Matt went off to cosy up on a sofa in the corner together, that was it.
I took her to one side and asked her again what was going on.
I told her I couldn't cope with doing the tour if I had to see them together. The thought just tears me apart inside.
She cried and told me she'd fallen for him. She should have told me before and the fact that she didn't upset me more. I was so angry and upset with her, disappointed too.
I'm suffering every single day that I'm not with her and to see her with Matt on and off the dancefloor will be unbearable.
I want her back and I'd do anything to make that happen but I don't think I can take any more heartache. We've been together for a long time so maybe she just needs to get this out of her system.
I know what we have is special and lasting so I just hope that if I give her some space, things will fizzle out between them.
When you do the show, it's easy to get carried away by it all and confuse feelings of friendship with something deeper.
The reality of normal life may just kill the passion that they think they feel now.
But realistically, she has broken my heart and ruined our relationship, so as much as I want to get back with her I know it wouldn't be easy. My emotions are too raw and wounds too fresh to think about anything like that.'
Vincent and Flavia, who met when they were teenagers, have been professional dance partners for 13 years and have lived together for 11 years.
Italian Vincent said: "We spoke about getting married. We knew we'd have to wait a couple of years because we were so busy but it was very much on the cards."
The couple's appearance on last year's Strictly Come Dancing was the first time they had experienced jealousy. Vincent, paired with Louisa Lytton, then 17, said: "Flavia got very jealous but there was never anything going on. I saw Louisa as a little sister."
Vincent, who this year partnered actress Stephanie Beacham, 60, was happy when Flavia was teamed up with Matt, EastEnders' Deano Wicks.
He thought the youngster would give her a better chance than last year's partner Jimmy Tarbuck, 66, who quit with heart trouble.
Vincent said:"For the first couple of weeks everything was fine and we were involved with helping each other at rehearsals.
"But after a few weeks she started becoming secretive with her mobile phone. Even if she had a bath at 11 or 12 at night, she would take it upstairs with her which she'd never done before.
"I started to get suspicious as she was acting so out of character. This went on for about 10 days and she'd pull away if I hugged her and was avoiding being intimate with me.
"We didn't make love once Strictly started but we never even seemed to be intimate like we used to be.
"It was obvious something was wrong but I was too scared to open up the can of worms.
"I'd always felt we were mad on each other, on a mental and physical level, on and off the dance floor. We had always thought the same and wanted the same things. It was like we had a twin soul."
But one night at their home in Guildford, Surrey, Flavia revealed she wasn't sure about their love any more.
Stunned Vincent said: "The last thing I wanted was to think about losing the only woman I've ever truly loved, my soul mate.
"I told her we shouldn't take any decisions during the show because it affects your way of thinking."
But a few days later during the first of the couple's tearful heart-to-hearts, Vincent asked Flavia: "There's nothing going on with you and Matt is there?"
Flavia looked embarrassed, laughed nervously and replied: "Of course not. He's only 20 - we're just friends."
But Vincent, who went out of the show in the second week, was not convinced.
He said: "When I was watching TV I could see that their body language said it all."
A few days later he pressed Flavia again. Vincent said: "She started crying and admitted there was something between them and that she DID fancy him.
"My heart stopped beating for about 10 seconds but it felt like forever. I found it so upsetting that she was crying so I started too.
"As deeply as I was hurt, I still hated to see her hurting too. That day I felt dead inside. I needed a couple of days on my own but it was hard with the show.
"She left me voice messages crying and saying that I'd pushed her to say how she felt about Matt.
"She said it was a stupid mistake and that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with me."
But at the wrap party celebrating the end of the series in which Matt and Flavia were runners-up to Alesha Dixon, 29, and Matthew Cutler, there was more bad news for Vincent.
He said: "I took her to one side when I saw her and Matt on their own getting cosy on a sofa in the corner and said 'What's going on and I want you to tell me the truth.
We've got the tour coming up and once I sign the contract there's no turning back. It will be too much for me to see you two together for all that time'.
"She told me 'I've got feelings for Matt. I don't know quite what yet but I've got feelings for him'.
At that point I felt like my whole world had collapsed.
"I asked herwhatwould happen now with us and what would happen next but I don't think I remember anything she said after that moment. I wanted the ground to swallow me up and those words were just spinning round my head."
Now Flavia has moved out of the couple's home and has gone back to her parents.
But distraught Vincent insists: "I stil lwant to dance with Flavia. I want to be her everything again - her lover, her dance partner and her friend."
I want her as lover, partner and friend
She denied an affair, but then I watched TV and saw their body language.. And I knewfor sure
Our private album HOT LOVE: Vincent and Flavia in Sardinia this summer; CUDDLY: At a friend's house and (above) on cruise ship; Picture: SIMEON FRANCIS; HUG OF LOVE: Millions watched Matt and Flavia's romance develop