Gavin Henson exclusively reveals to BBC Wales his intention to leave Ospreys until end of season

Gavin Henson, Wales rugby superstar and current Strictly Come Dancing contestant, has revealed that he wants to move from the Ospreys until at least the end of the season to help him come to terms with the break up of his relationship with Charlotte Church, as part of an exclusive interview for a special edition of BBC Wales’ Scrum V flagship rugby programme.

In the special one-off BBC Two Wales programme, Strictly Gavin: A Scrum V Special (Thursday 16 September, 8pm) Henson speaks openly and candidly about his fitness, his rugby future for club and country, his painful break up with Charlotte Church, his new found reality TV fame and coming to terms with life in the celebrity spotlight.

Talking about his intention to move from the Ospreys till the end of the season Henson says: “It’s just tough. It’s because I know the Ospreys players so well and obviously there’ll be banter and obviously the personal relationship with Charlotte is all in the newspapers… I’m a bit raw, to be honest.

“I don’t want to face it. I want to be somewhere new where people are a little bit too respectful to ask about my business and just don’t know who I am… and just have a fresh club and see where I am rugby-wise.”

But asked if there was any way in which he might return to play for the Ospreys, Henson said: “I’ve just told you ideally what I’d like to happen. If that doesn’t happen I wouldn’t feel too awkward about it, I’d do it. I’d do it. It’s not the end of the world, crikey – you know, I have got friends there, it would be fine. I just think for the best it would have been this option.”

On the prospect of his return to international rugby, Henson says: “I really believe that I might only need one or two games to prove I’ve still got it and I think the Welsh team has slightly missed me a bit. So if I can come back and be as good or better than I was when I last played or back to the standards of 2004/2005, which I think I can now because my body’s feeling good, then yeah, I can get in that Six Nations squad.”

In the programme Henson reveals how events in his private life are weighing heavily on him. He says: “It’s the worst thing in the world to see your kids being brought up by another fella. It’s not nice at all. I don’t want people feeling sorry for me, it goes on and I’ve got to deal with it and I’m dealing with it.”

Exclusive highlights from the interview can also be heard in the Scrum V Radio programme presented by Gareth Lewis on BBC Radio Wales on Thursday, September 16 from 6.40pm. BBC Two Wales is available across the UK to digital satellite viewers on channel 991. The programme will be available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after broadcast.

Strictly Gavin: A Scrum V Special, Thursday, September 16, BBC Two Wales, 8pm

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