Sophie Ellis-Bextor has spoken out about her experience on Strictly Come Dancing and the effect it had on her marriage, admitting she would have enjoyed it more if she had ‘emotional support’.
The singer, 42, previously revealed that the heavy training schedule put pressure on her relationship with her husband Richard Jones, bassist for The Feeling, as she was spending so much time with her professional partner Brendan Cole.
She told Lorraine Kelly on Friday’s episode of her show: ‘For us I think that was the first thing that made it a bit wobbly, was the separation.
‘We like doing things together and sharing experiences. And actually Brendan was brilliant because from day one that was his bit of advice, involve your friends and your family. So whenever I could, they would come along to rehearsals and all of that kind of stuff.
‘But you would know from speaking to people who do the show, it’s a very intense experience and for Richard, he did struggle with aspects of it, which obviously in turn made me struggle with aspects.
‘But he did get counselling and help and support which allowed us both to enjoy it a lot more.’
Sophie admitted that she would have enjoyed her experience in the competition far more if there had been more support in place for her too.
She explained: ‘I think Strictly has got so much about it that’s glorious and joyful, but I think if they just had a little but of emotional support it would have definitely improved my experience, but I only speak for myself obviously and it’s still a lot of happy memories for me.’
While the ‘Strictly curse’ has claimed many couples, who have split up following a turn on the show, Sophie and Richard, who have been married since 2005, remained together afterwards.
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.