The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 42, was born in Christchurch and moved from New Zealand to the UK when he was 18-years-old. After the news that 49 people were killed and close to 50 thought to have been injured in the nation’s deadliest attack, Brendan Cole took to Instagram to share an emotional tribute. “With tears in my eyes I struggle to put into words the heartbreak I am feeling and the sadness for the people of my home city,” the progressional dancer said. “Stay strong, stand together and united people. “The world is sending you love and strength through our tears.”
The ex-Strictly star’s fans took to the comments section to share their own tributes, with one saying: “My heart goes out to you and all the people in New Zealand just terrible.”
“So devastating for you lovely, sending hugs and prayers to those in need,” another said, while a third wrote: “Such an atrocious attack on innocent people, thinking of you Brendan at this very sad time.”
Brendan’s statement comes after police said a man in his late 20s had been arrested and charged with murder.
The gunman live-streamed video footage of the attack on Facebook.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack one of the country’s “darkest days”.
“This can only be described as a terrorist attack,” she said. “While we do not have anything to believe at this stage that there were any other suspects, we are not assuming that at