A close friend of Dale Winton has revealed that he enjoyed a top secret fling with a "very famous" actor who wasn’t openly gay.
Dale, who died earlier this week at the age of 62, would regularly sneak off during his lunch breaks to meet up with the star, who wanted to keep their relationship under wraps.
The man was a very big name at the time and wasn’t publicly out as gay.
Dale’s secret romance has been revealed by his close friend, LBC radio DJ Steve Allen.
As he talked about the sad news of the Supermarket Sweep host’s death, he shared tales from their years of friendship.
Steve said Dale enjoyed the secret fling during the 1970s when they were both working at UBN Radio.
He said Dale used to sneak out during his lunch breaks to meet the mystery fella.
But it wasn’t until after it had ended that Dale confided in Steve that he’d been seeing a very high profile man in secret.
He said: "Years later I said to Dale, ‘So, where did you go? And he said, ‘I was seeing someone’.
"I said, ‘Unlike you to keep that quiet. You usually tell me straight away’. Then he told me he was seeing a very famous actor."
Dale told his friend that the man, who has since died, had never gone public about his sexuality and therefore their relationship had to remain behind closed doors.
Steve added: "I discussed it with a mutual colleague and said I didn’t even know this (actor) guy was gay.
"Apparently he was bisexual.
"The person who worked with him said, ‘We always thought he was a bit camp’.
"Well he went out with Dale.
"You’d laugh if you heard who it is."
Police said yesterday they are investigating Dale’s "unexplained" death.
The star was found collapsed at his home in North London on Wednesday, with officers looking into what has happened.
However, detectives have told Mirror Online they are not treating the death as suspicious.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 16:10hrs on Wednesday, 18 April following the death of a man, aged in his 60s, at a residential address in Whetstone.
"The death remains unexplained although at this early stage the police are not treating it as suspicious.
"A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. Enquiries into the circumstances by officers from Barnet continue."
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