BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Vito Coppola says 'I can't wait to see you again' in emotional tribute to 'one he loves'

Strictly Come Dancing's Vito Coppola
-Credit: (Image: Vito Coppola Instagram)

Vito Coppola has paid an emotional tribute to the 'one he loves' as he spends more time away from his family in Italy. The Strictly Come Dancing star has had a busy year so far with things rarely slowing down for the dancer since winning the show last year.

While he did get to go home to Italy over Christmas, Vito has pretty much spent his time travelling up and down the country since the start of the year. He was reunited with celebrity dance partner Ellie Leach shortly after his return to the UK and the show's reigning champs toured the country in the Strictly Come Dancing Live 2024 tour with a number of their fellow couples from the 2023 series.

After a brief break, Vito was then back in rehearsals with a number of his Strictly co-stars - including Gorka Marquez, Karen Hauer, Carlos Gu and Neil Jones - once again before they hit the road with the Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals show.

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But following the end of the tour at the start of this month (June), Vito was seen reflecting on not being with his family. Taking to Instagram, the BBC star shared a video of himself travelling in the back of a car as the sun shone through the clear sun roof. "Going home after another incredible tour," she started to type over the wholesome clip.

"Today is a sunny day and this brings a smile on my face. I want to wish you all a beautiful day..." He added: "I also want to wish the warmest hug to my family to Italy that I miss so much. CHOOSE LOVE."

Since then, Vito has returned to social media and reshared a previous video he posted of himself and his beloved dog, Aaron. Alongside it, he emotionally wrote in view of his fans and followers: "... And it is the night, before I go to be, when I think of the one I love, I think of you too, daddy's little boy."

Vito shared the sweet post on Instagram -Credit:Vito Coppola Instagram
Vito shared the sweet post on Instagram -Credit:Vito Coppola Instagram

He went on to add: "I can't wait to see you again and save new memories together. I promise that when I come to Italy I will take you to the beach."

The video Vito reshared was one of him cuddling, kissing and fussing Aaron. Alongside it, he wrote at the time: "My little puppy. You have a kindness of your heart that is unknown to human beings. You are innocent and you don’t know resentment or pride. This is why animals are better than us. Only those who really love them can understand and share my thoughts."

And it melted fans' hearts. @roycoyboyuk said: "Vito this has made me feel so emotional, I loved my dog." @susan.bailey.12 commented: "This is beautiful @vitocoppola." @egertonelaine wrote: "Beautiful Vito. Unconditional love from our fur family, animals are so beautiful and so trusting." @leisa.hunt.12 added: "Pure. Love can tell you love your doggy."