Matt Goss has spoken out about living with Poland syndrome as he thanked the ‘discreet’ Strictly Come Dancing team for their support during his time on the show.
The singer became the third celebrity to leave the BBC1 show last night, breaking down in tears as he said goodbye.
He later spoke candidly about the disorder in which affected individuals are born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body.
Matt shared he has “one pectoral muscle on the right side instead of two. The lower one is missing, but the upper one is fine and strong.”
When Matt was the frontman of Bros, he says he used to “pose covering that side of his chest”.
He went on to praise Strictly’s costume team, who had been “kind and discreet” when it came to outfit fittings during his month on the programme.
“It has been one of my favourite things about the Strictly experience – the costume team were relative strangers at the beginning, but from the start, they’ve always been very kind and discreet – it has really touched me,” he told the Daily Mail.
“If I get a jacket made it will pull on the right side more. I have it tight on my right so it counterbalances my left side. Slim tailoring is good for me and my fashion is determined by my chest shape.”
He make it clear he was not “disadvantaged” on account of his condition.
Matt is determined to show children with Poland syndrome that they are still just as capable as anyone else.
“I’m not disadvantaged, and I want kids to know that,” he said. “I am going to look at creating some kind of charity to build confidence, to show kids with the syndrome they can achieve everything in life.”
Strictly Come Dancing aired the latest exit of the series last night, as Matt became the next to go.
Matt had found himself at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard on Saturday night, and his performance was praised slightly, but also met with critique.
Former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh was forced to dance again with her pro partner Graziano Di Prima, while Matt and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova had to do the same.
When asked by Tess Daly about his time on the show, Matt said: “It’s an extraordinary experience, I have been in America for 25 years.
“Thank you judges for your candour, you’ve helped me in many ways. This lovely lady beside me, a world champion with all the patience. I am very honoured.”
Nadiya then offered words for her partner, saying: “First I’m so grateful that I got to teach and dance with a music icon. But, more important than this, I got the privilege to get to know Matt, for who you really are.
“Not many people know you and you’re a beautiful soul, very kind human and a real gentleman.”