Strictly Come Dancing's Vito Coppola shares heartfelt message as he misses family in Italy

Vito Coppola, the Strictly Come Dancing star, has shared an emotional tribute to his loved ones as he spends more time away from his family in Italy. The dancer has had a whirlwind year since winning the show last year and things haven't slowed down for him.

Despite spending Christmas at home in Italy, Vito has been constantly on the move since the start of the year. He was reunited with his celeb dance partner Ellie Leach shortly after returning to the UK, and the reigning champs toured the country in the Strictly Come Dancing Live 2024 tour alongside several other couples from the 2023 series.

But Vito hasn't been too busy for friends as he still made the time to visit friend Fleur East who introduced her baby daughter to him just weeks after giving birth. The X Factor star became a mum for the first time when she and husband Marcel Badiane-Robin welcomed baby Nova into the world on Friday, 22 March.

Strictly Come Dancing's Vito Coppola
Strictly Come Dancing's Vito Coppola says 'I can't wait to see you again' in an emotional tribute to his family -Credit:Vito Coppola/ Instagram

After a short break, Vito was back in rehearsals with several of his Strictly co-stars - including Gorka Marquez, Karen Hauer, Carlos Gu and Neil Jones, who welcomed daughter Havana in October with Love Island star Chyna Mills - before they embarked on the Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals show.

But after the tour ended earlier this month (June), Vito took a moment to reflect on missing his family. In an Instagram post, the BBC star shared a video of himself travelling in the back of a car with the sun shining through the clear sunroof.

"Going home after another incredible tour," he captioned the heartfelt 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 in Italy that I miss so much. CHOOSE LOVE."

Vito and his dog
Vito and dis dog left fans cooing over the clip -Credit:Vito Coppola/ Instagram

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 for his fans and followers: "... And it is the night, before I go to bed, when I think of the one I love, I think of you too, daddy's little boy."

He went on to add: "I can't wait to see you again and make 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 over Aaron. Alongside it, he wrote at the time: "My little puppy. You have a kindness in 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."

Ellie Leech and Vito
Vito and Ellie recently reunited after the pair won the Strictly trophy -Credit:PA

And it melted fans' hearts. One said: "Vito this has made me feel so emotional, I loved my dog," as another commented: "This is beautiful @vitocoppola."

A third wrote: "Beautiful Vito. Unconditional love from our fur family, animals are so beautiful and so trusting," with a final adding: "Pure. Love can tell you love your doggy."