Brendan Cole slaps down former Strictly stars claims series is like a cult

Brendan Cole ‘heartbroken’ at Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Strictly views

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Earlier this week, pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor opened up about her time on Strictly Come Dancing, as she admitted the BBC series almost broke down her marriage. The Murder on the Dancefloor hitmaker took part in the show in 2013 and was partnered with Brendan Cole. However, in a recent interview with Mail Online, Sophie claimed she had to seek marriage counselling following her stint on the show. She also likened the show to that of a “cult”, after being asked questions ahead of the final that triggered responses about how much the show must mean to the finalists.

During Wednesday’s Loose Women, former Strictly star Brendan spoke with the panel via video link where he addressed Sophie’s claims.

When asked which of his dance partners was the easiest and hardest to train, he replied: “Easiest to train Kelly Brook or Sophie Ellis Bextor, most difficult, unquestionably Lulu.”

This led the panel to ask the professional dancer about Sophie’s recent claims about the show.

 “It was an interesting read, my heart broke reading it,” Brendan began.

He continued: “She didn’t let on anything that was going on behind closed doors, even though I had a great relationship with her, a very close relationship with her and Richard.

 “She said in the article on the first day we met, I went straight up to Richard, shook his hand and I told her she’s got to involve her family.

“You’ve got to have your family on board so they can go through the journey with you.

“If they don’t, they feel isolated, and the family member feels they’re not part of something special you’re going through.”

 

Brendan, who is set to take part in the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice, added: “I’m happy to say my wife is fully on board.”

The 45-year-old went on to praise his former dancer partner for being “brave” for speaking out.

“To read Sophie’s…it was heartbreaking, but at the same time, I thought she was brave to do it.

“[Being on the show] is life-changing, it’s exceptionally time-consuming and you are away from your family a great deal.”

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“It’s a really hard thing to do and if your family are not on board, you’re going to struggle,” he admitted.

Dancing on Ice won’t air until January 2022, although bosses have already started revealing which celebrities will be taking part in the series.

Brendan will be joined by the likes of Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor, who is best known for her role as Sally Webster.

Also joining the star-studded line-up is Happy Mondays’ singer Bez, Paralympian Stef Reid and S Club 7 singer, Rachel Stevens.

 

Speaking about his skating experience so far, Brendan said: “I’ve had one go and I’m a fairly confident person.

“I like to think I’m going to be good at whatever I put my hands or feet to.

“I was thinking, ‘I reckon I’ll be fine’, but I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly.

“I was hoping I was going to be better than I was, but I have time to learn. I’m going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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