The shy gymnast is having trouble meeting the one

He’s adored by ladies (and men) everywhere and tipped by many as an early contender to win Strictly Come Dancing, but Louis Smith, 23, is nursing a secret pain.

The Olympic gymnast can’t find a girl.

‘It might be pretty hard to believe because he’s so good-looking, but Louis is quiet and really shy compared to a lot of other people on the show,’ a Strictly insider tells Now.

‘He’s always checking out girls, but he doesn’t know how to approach them.’

Louis‘s even asked his dance partner Flavia Cacace, 33 – who’s dating her partner from two series ago Jimi Mistry – if she knows any nice single girls she can set him up with.

‘One of the problems is he doesn’t know who he can trust,’ says our source.

‘He’s afraid women might want to be with him for the wrong reasons and he’s been focused on his sport until now.

‘A lot of the other dancers think he has a good chance of winning, but what he would really like is a girlfriend.

‘He’s asked Flavia for help in that department.

‘She’s a kind person, so he trusts her.’

Louis was linked with model Chantelle Hole in September, but he insisted it was ‘never serious’.

Read more Strictly Come Dancing gossip in Now magazine dated 29 October 2012 – out now!

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