Boxing champion Nicola Adams will be spending less time the gorgeous home she shares with her girlfriend Ella Baig after signing up for Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
The Olympic gold medallist, who was on holiday in Greece when it was revealed she had joined this year’s line-up, will be going into training ahead of her appearance on the BBC dancing competition.
For many of the celebrity contestants it means hours in a studio away from their familiar home comforts, of which the Nicola has plenty of in her plush Leeds house which has a huge garden and modern decor.
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As well as signing up for Strictly 2020, the retired sporting legend, 37, is set to break yet another record as she has been announced as the first star to have a same-sex partner on Strictly.
Speaking about dancing with a female on the show Nicola told BBC Breakfast: “I think it’s really important. It’s definitely time for change.
“It’s definitely time to move on and be more diverse, and this is a brilliant step in the right direction.”
Nicola is joining a whole host of stars from Eastenders, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio 1 and beyond as they head to the ballroom this year.
She will have a lot of hard work on her hands getting up to Strictly standards, but she’s already been practising with the help of beauty blogger and fashion stylist Ella, 21, who she started dating back in 2018.
The pair have been filming TikTok videos during lockdown which has also given a glimpse inside their home, including their living room in one clip where Ella teaches Nicola how to twerk.
As the loved-up couple show off their impressive moves, in the background a large cream sofa with a circular end chair and matching foot stool can be seen, decorated with pastel coloured cushions.
When the couple appeared on Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox they gave a peek inside their home and were joined by their dog Brooklyn.
The dog certainly has plenty of space to run around in judging by the size of the well-kept garden attached to Nicola and Ella’s home, that also has a hottub.
In one snap of Nicola kneeling next to her pet pooch who was lounging around on the ground, she penned in the caption: “This is @brooklynbullylife Give me a treat face, would you give him 1 ? #americanbully #sundayfunday”
The dog features heavily on her Instagram feed, as well as videos of her and Ella who have been taking part in different trends, as well as also shining a light on their same-sex relationship during Pride month.
She wrote in early June: “There’s so much negativity in the world and it’s so sad to think how little it’s changed over the years. It’s so wrong that people discriminate against us for just being women, the colour of our skin or who we love.
“We wanted to make a video that shows some of the prejudice and hate we face on a daily basis for being ourselves but also that through it all we will never stop fighting for what we believe in or stop being who we are and neither should you.”
Even though she’s retired from professional sports, Nicola hasn’t let her athletic figure slip and has shown her rippling abs on her Instagram.
It probably helps that she has her own boxing gym at her home to keep in tip-top condition.