Dancing on Ice professional Matt Evers: Skating partner, boyfriend, age and career revealed
3 January 2020, 13:35
The professional skater is partnered up with Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins for the 2020 series – but who is he away from the ice? And is he married?
Dancing on Ice professional Matt Evers is making history this year as he's teamed up with Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins to create the show's first ever same-sex couple.
The American gold medallist, 43, will teach the Welsh pop star how to glide across the ice for the 2020 series, marking his twelfth spin on the rink.
A DOI original, we reveal all there is to know about Matt, from his age to whether he's married or not:
Who is Matt Evers?
Matt Evers is a figure skating professional from the USA.
He was born on 16th March, 1976, in St Paul, Minnesota but grew up in North Dakota.
The successful sportsman has won many titles at the US Championships, including a gold medal, as well as some prizes in international events.
He dabbled in showbiz before joining the UK cast of Dancing on Ice, having appeared on Broadway and the West End.
The skating pro has also worked as a model, spokesperson and actor, starring in panto performances including Beauty And The Beast and Cinderella.
Who are Matt's former Dancing on Ice partners?
Matt Evers joined Dancing on Ice's professional skating team for the competition's first ever series in 2006 and has remained on the show ever since.
He's been paired with many famous faces over the years, including TOWIE's Gemma Collins, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter and Bake Off winner Candice Brown.
Matt has also participated in the telly contest with Bonnie Langford, Heather Mills, Zoe Salmon, Pamela Anderson and Denise Welch.
Despite his long run on the skating competition, he has only won the show once – in 2008 with celeb partner and Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw.
Is Matt Evers married?
Matt keeps his private life away from the public eye but it is thought he is currently single.
The US sportsman was previously married to a woman, but ahead of the 2018 series of Dancing on Ice he came out as gay in an issue of Attitude Magazine.
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He opened up about the heartbreaking reason for not wanting to be honest about his sexuality, revealing it was to do with how his family treated his uncle – an openly gay man who sadly died from an AIDs related illness.
Matt chose to come out after his uncle's death and explained that Donald Trump's presidency contributed to his decision.
He said: "I live my life by example, and I want to show young people that what you feel or how you were born isn't something bad."
What is Matt's Instagram?
You can find skater Matt on Instagram @themattevers.
Matt will be taking to the ice with Ian 'H' Watkins for the 2020 series.