Nicola Adams has broken her silence after BBC bosses revealed it had received complaints about the first-ever same-sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing.
The boxing champion is set to make show history by dancing with a woman on the upcoming series and while the majority are thrilled, a handful of people hit out.
The BBC confirmed there have been more than 100 complaints ‘from some viewers’ about the same-sex couple.
Taking to Twitter, Nicola commented: ‘Just when you think 2020 can’t surprise you anymore. Something else happens.’
Whether or not Nicola was directly addressing the complaints isn’t clear.
The BBC released a statement on Wednesday addressing the complaints, that read: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.
‘Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate.
‘The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.’
Nicola requested she dances with a woman on Strictly and there are so many reasons as to why seeing two female dancers on the show is important.
‘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”,’ Nicola shared.
‘I know it’s going to be tough, I know the training is going to be hard and I can’t dance at all so this is going to be a totally new challenge for me.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
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