The 37-year-old Olympic boxer has completely thrown herself into training and is spending 12 hours a day practising ahead of Saturday’s live show where she’ll be performing a high energy quickstep to Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald.
But, according to her girlfriend Ella Baig, Nicola’s long days mean she doesn’t have much energy in the evening.
‘We’re too tired!’ Ella shared when asked about how training is affecting their sex life. ‘We’re just watching a lot of Netflix and taking advantage of Deliveroo.
‘Where we live in Leeds we can’t get it. So to be able to have it here and order it whenever we like is great.’
Ella continued to The Sun: ‘Nicola is putting in such gruelling hours. She’s exhausted by the time she comes home.’
Nicola is making history on this year’s Strictly as she’s part of the show’s first-ever same-sex female pairing.
In a statement, Nicola enthused: ‘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.’
The sporting legend, who has been praised as an LGBT role model, also acknowledged it was a ‘big step for the show’.
Quizzed on whether she approached the show about being part of a same-sex pairing, she 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.”‘
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
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