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Strictly’s JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden say their health battles forged their close bond

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JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden share a close bond (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing’s JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden have revealed that their health battles have resulted in an incredibly close bond as they begin training.

The pair, who were recently partnered up on the launch show, explained that they ‘completely understand each other’ because of their experiences in common.

JJ, 33, served as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan and was injured by a bomb blast in 2011.

Pro dancer Amy, 30, has suffered with Crohn’s disease – a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed – since she was a child.

Opening up on The One Show, Amy explained: ‘We totally understand each other in so many different ways,’ before adding: ‘The producers walked in the other day and we were talking about where we have our drips put in at the hospital.

‘I think we’ve both overcome a lot and [are] quite determined characters to both be where we are on Strictly Come Dancing today.’

JJ added: ‘It’s far more about the mindset.

‘Whenever I hear Amy speaking about what she’s had to put up with, about how she’s driven forward to just become the best at what she does, that’s entirely what I want to do with my life.

‘So it moves beyond everything that held me back and actually just look at the possibilities. And that’s what this whole process is about, doing what you can do rather what you can’t.’

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Amy and JJ were partnered up on the launch show (Picture: PA)

Amy added that she’s ‘inspired’ by her new dance partner, going on to say that he never lets anything hold him back.

‘That’s what I love about JJ, if there’s a movement that maybe he can’t do, he never says “I can’t”, he goes “I’ll find a way” and we find our way,’ she continued.

JJ, who is set to perform a Waltz for his first dance, previously revealed that his military pal Prince Harry will likely be watching his progress on the show.

The Invictus Games medallist revealed on The One Show: ‘Yeah, so I have heard back from him and like all my friends from the military, he thinks first and foremost that it is absolutely ridiculous of course, and it’s hilarious.

‘But at the same time, the Invictus Games was founded to give opportunities not just for us to recover physically – which obviously this is a physical test – but actually to have a life beyond injury and beyond our recovery. 

‘So he’s incredibly proud of anybody who goes on to succeed in whatever chosen field they are in and this is just a progression in my career and I think he will be looking on with pride.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7:25pm on BBC One.

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