Boxer Nicola Adams has been confirmed to appear as a contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing, making history as the show's first ever same-sex pairing.
Rumours have been swirling for some time, and speaking this morning to BBC Breakfast Nicola confirmed she would be competing on the show.
"I have told probably three people, so not that many people knew I was going to be in this," Nicola told the BBC. "I was keeping it a secret, it’s really important, it’s a big step for the show and it’s nice to see that we are able to move on. I just can’t wait to get some dancing done."
When asked whether the same-sex pairing was her idea or the show's, Nicola said, "I asked the show about it. They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show but I said 'Yeah, I will do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.'"
"I know it’s going to be tough," she continued. "I know the training is going to be hard and I can’t dance at all so this is going to be a totally new challenge for me."
“It’s really important, it’s a big step for the show”— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) September 2, 2020
Newly revealed #Strictly contestant Nicola Adams tells #BBCBreakfast she’s can’t wait to start dancing as part of the show’s first same-sex couple ✨⤵️ pic.twitter.com/VXI9ljSxky
Since confirming her appearance Nicola has issued a statement saying, "I wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing; and it’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry."
Nicola became the first woman to win a gold medal in boxing at the 2012 London Olympics, she has since won another gold in Rio in 2016 and later became WBO flyweight world champion, retiring in 2019 at the age of 37 due to an existing eye injury.
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