‘I feel bad about what I did to him.’ According to Sophie Ellis-Bextor A marriage that was’shook’ to the core.
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR has spoken out about her time as a Strictly Come Dancing participant and how it “shook” her marriage to Richard Jones.
In 2013, Sophie Ellis-Bextor competed in Strictly Come Dancing, partnering with professional dancer Brendan Cole. The 42-year-old singer has now opened up about her time on the show and how it affected her personal life.
Sophie characterized it as a “intense” experience that was both good and bad for her.
She made it all the way to the final with her Strictly partner Brendan, and her time on the show lasted until three days before Christmas.
The singer has now said that being away from her family was difficult for her, and that her 42-year-old husband, Richard Jones, felt left out.
He was afraid he was going to lose his wife since she was so focused on the program and practicing the dances that she would be distracted at home.
“Some of the show was sheer ecstasy and exhilaration,” she writes in an excerpt from her book Spinning plates, which was serialized by the Daily Mail.
“However, some of it was truly intense, and it gave our foundations a good old shake, even for a strong marriage like ours.”
Brendan, who was married with a child at the time they were teamed together, was very understanding, according to Sophie, and made it a point to speak with Richard after the first show.
She did concede, though, that her husband had “struggled” from the start.
“When I got home, we’d argue about how preoccupied I was and whether I’d make it through the week,” Sophie explained.
“He just got the feeling I was going to start a new life away from our family.”
She went on to add that she didn’t want to stop their relationship, but that she didn’t have the energy to reassure him after a hard day in the training room and a hectic filming schedule.
She bemoaned, “I feel bad that I did that to him.”
Sophie stated that Richard liked Brendan and that she was not concerned about a romantic relationship developing between them.
The mother-of-five observed that he was more afraid that the show had awoken something within of her and that he would not be a part of her future.
She claimed that her time on the show had transformed her. “Brinkwire News Summary.”