Jason Bell and his professional dance partner Luba Mushtuk are currently going from strength to strength in this year's Strictly Come Dancing, and former NFL football player Jason is grateful for the encouragement he's getting.
Speaking on the Lorraine show, Jason credited his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, for her support.
“She’s got the moves, she knows exactly how to get through these routines. She’s always been in my corner. Her support has been so special during this time," he said.
Jason and Nadine share a daughter named Anaiya, who was born in 2014. The Strictly star told Lorraine that his daughter's encouragement has also been key.
“That’s what it’s all about. Just listening to her comment on the dances after it’s over, she does the routines herself. I love her with all my heart and I’m really trying to impress her every time I’m out there," he said.
Of course, Jason also thanked his dance partner Luba for her hard work.
“It’s because of her compassion. She cares about our performance out there and really working hard to make sure I know exactly what I’m doing out there. Every time we’re on the dance floor, it is an unbelievable experience," he said.
“This is all new to me and this is what makes it so special for me - every day I’m learning a new skill and I’m going out there and facing my fears and trying to do my best.”
Elsewhere in the chat, dancer Luba reacted to the news that Strictly will have to lose its live studio audience.
“We always have the other couples to support us while we’re dancing… we’re all cheering for each other and we’re all really supportive," she said.
Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV from 9am.
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