Sophie Ellis Bextor says Strictly is like a cult which drove her into marriage therapy

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Sophie Ellis Bextor has described the depth of engaged on Strictly throughout her time on the hit present in 2013

Brendan Cole and Sophie Ellis-Bextor

She might have sung Homicide On The Dancefloor however nothing ready mum and pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor for the depth of Strictly.

The now mum-of-five, who took half within the BBC present again in 2013, has described the depth behind the scenes which drove her and her husband Richard Jones into marriage counselling.

Sophie, who was partnered with married Brendan Cole, has stated there have been counsellors on supply throughout her time on the present – which she described like being in a fog and entire completely different world.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Sophie says she was glad she was partnered with a married man



Writing in her new ebook Spinning Plates, which is serialised within the Mail On Sunday, she says: “A few of the present was pure pleasure and exhilaration. However a few of it was significantly intense and, even for a powerful marriage like now we have, it gave our foundations outdated shake.”

Throughout her time on the present Sophie, 42, stated there have been three marriage break ups and now two Strictly infants – and provides how her associate Brendan – a seasoned professional – informed her to contain her husband and associates within the expertise as it will possibly grow to be overwhelming.

Remarking how the present name the dancers and celebrities “{couples}” and the extent of bodily intimacy between dance companions – Sophie says it will possibly trigger actual rifts in relationships.

Sophie Ellis Bextor and husband Richard Jones have been married since 2005



Describing how distracted she was by complicated dance steps for weeks, Sophie stated her husband yearned for the present to be over so he may get his spouse again.

Sophie then provides the present was fantastic in so some ways – the train, the dancers physique and the enjoyable – however says it is aftermath took maintain on her marriage.

On the ultimate day as she was interviewed she writes: “We have been requested questions reminiscent of: ‘Is that this the perfect factor you’ve ever carried out?’ ‘How unbelievable has your dance associate been?’ ‘What is going to you do to fill the outlet after Strictly?’

“And I had the epiphany that, oh my God – it’s like a cult! Set off phrases and the fixed repetition of how a lot it should imply to you.”

Sophie – whose kids vary from two years outdated to 17, stated it took a really very long time for her husband to debate the present after it wrapped and says she is perpetually grateful their marriage is so robust.

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