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Strictlys Sophie Ellis-Bextor says show took heartbreaking toll on her marriage

Oct 3, 2021

Sophie Ellis-Bextor admits she paid "quite a heavy price" following her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2013.

The singer who went on to finish in fourth place alongside professional dancer Brendan Cole admits that her time on the show had a negative impact on her life away from the ballroom.

Her husband, Richard Jones is said to have sought counselling while Sophie showcased her best dancing skills in front of the nation.

In a new extract of her memoirs, Spinning Plates, the Murder on The Dancefloor singer, 42, detailed just how much Strictly impacted her happy marriage to Richard.

She said that Richard "became unusually insistent on knowing where I was all the time," before adding: "If I didn’t reply to a text, he'd spiral."

In an excerpt published by the Mail on Sunday, Sophie explained that Richard is arguably her biggest fan, supporting every career decision she makes but she believes he was "just waiting for it to end" while she was on Strictly.

The mum-of-five continued: "He'd message me all day when I was rehearsing, extra keen to know my schedule.

"We would argue when I was home about how distracted I was and about whether I'd get through to the next week, he just felt as if I might slip into a new life that left our family behind.

"I had no such desire but was too spent at the end of the day to give the reassurance he needed, I think the only real reassurance could come with the show finishing."

Sophie noted that after she had been in the competition for a month, her husband started seeing a counsellor, a move that helped him and wishes she had also decided to do.

The pop star continued: "We never doubted our love for each other but I think Richard worried that I just wouldn't want our life again.

"But of course I did, to me, my family is everything."

While appearing on the show had a huge impact on her personal life, Sophie admits she is "glad" she competed, saying it was "one of my favourite things I've ever done."

Sophie's memoirs, Spinning Plates, is released on October 7.

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