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Nicola Adams recalls being hit by her dad during childhood: ‘It was a really tough time for the family’

Nicola has opened up about ‘scary’ times as a child (Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Nicola Adams OBE has recalled the difficulties she faced during her childhood, recollecting how her mother would try to intervene when their home life became violent.

In 2012, Nicola, 38, became the first female boxer to become an Olympic champion after winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

The former professional boxer, who was born in Leeds in West Yorkshire, made history on the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing when she became the first celebrity to take part in a same-sex pairing with dancer Katya Jones.

In a new ITV programme Nicola participated in with Bear Grylls called Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure, the athlete opened up about her home life after the TV presenter asked her where her ‘resilience’ came from in her life.

Nicola explained that when she was growing up as a child, ‘the relationship with my mum and my dad was very abusive’.

‘It was violent and it’s not a stable environment for a child growing up,’ she said.

Nicola received her MBE in 2013 (pictured after ceremony with uncle, mother and brother), followed by an OBE in 2017 (Picture: David Parker – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Nicola added that she ‘remembered’ that time in her life, describing it as ‘scary’ and ‘traumatic’.

‘Yeah yeah, I remember that time. It was scary, it was sad, traumatic but I feel like I don’t know maybe being in all those situations are the things that made me the character and the person I am today and give me the fight and the will to survive and not to give up,’ she said.

‘I’ve never wanted to be a victim, I’ve always wanted to be “yeah it’s something that has happened but it’s not something that is going to define me”.’

When Bear questioned if it ‘involved’ her as well, Nicola explained that she was also hit as a child.

Nicola and Bear star in a new ITV programme together (Picture: ITV)

‘No no it wasn’t my mum. If I was getting hit and she tried to intervene then she’d get hit as well so it was a really tough time for the family back then. I guess when I look back now it shows me how far I’ve come,’ she said.

In an interview conducted with The Guardian in 2017, Nicola said that she ‘jumped in front of my mum and tried to protect her with a plastic sword’ as she ‘thought I could keep my dad away’.

‘My dad was hitting my mum when I was trying to hit him with my plastic sword to protect her,’ she stated, saying that while she sustained ‘the odd slap here and there’, she ‘was more concerned about my mum’.

‘I tried to fight back, but I was a bit small,’ she added.

Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure airs on Friday June 4 at 9.30pm on ITV.

Domestic abuse helpline

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Credit: Original article published here.

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