Jason Bell has revealed that his ex-girlfriend Nadine Coyle expressed concern about his decision to join Strictly Come Dancing.
The former couple were together for over a decade, where they were engaged twice and gave birth to a daughter named Anaiya back in 2013, before calling it quits last year.
Jason joined the cast for the upcoming series of the popular dance show, and admitted that Nadine was worried when he told her.
Speaking to BBC, the former NFL star said: “She just kind of looked at me for a minute. She’s not very quick to tell you her opinion, she listens to all the facts.”
“So when I told her, she just was like, ‘Are you sure your back can do it?'”
Jason also revealed that the Girls Aloud star was helping him to prepare for the dance routines.
“I talk to her all the time about preparing for dance routines and stuff like that, and how long does it take and what do you need to do. She’s an expert, so I’m lucky because of that.”
“I wanted to take part because it made me nervous,” he continued.
“At some point, I’ve always challenged myself – sports has forced that – but when I retired and went off and did other ventures, everything I was scared of, I took that challenge on and I’ve learned something from it.
“I’ve learned about myself and how I operate. Having to learn a new skill and compete and be judged by the best; it’s a lot of pressure and I think I’m going to really hone in some skills that I didn’t know I have yet.”
“It’s going to be hard physically, it’s going to be hard mentally,” the 42-year-old continued.
“It’s going to be difficult, but thank goodness because of whoever your partner is, you have a teammate, somebody who’s teaching you, somebody with you and who cares about you having individual success as a team.”
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Jackie talks about her fight to get Coco’s Law brought into legislation in Ireland – a new law that will make online bullying a criminal offence.
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