Adam Peaty fears he won’t ‘ever’ be over ‘bittersweet’ Strictly Come Dancing exit

Strictly's Adam Peaty discusses being eliminated from show

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Adam Peaty had branded his exit from Strictly Come Dancing with partner Katya Jones as “bittersweet” and admitted the experience left him “mentally and physically” fatigued. The 26-year-old Olympian appeared on Friday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain to discuss the BBC ballroom dancing competition. However, he told hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Ben Shephard he doesn’t think he’ll get over his elimination. 

Charlotte asked the gold medalist: “It was interesting as you were talking about the physical impact [Strictly] had on your body because I would just assume, you being an Olympian, that you’d be able to cope with all that. 

“But, actually, you found it really tough physically as well.”

Adam replied: “Yes, and mentally because it’s so fatiguing when you’ve got to learn a dance in three days and perform on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday pretty much. 

“You’ve got to have it in the bag by Thursday, so yeah, you’re still not over it are you?

“I’m not over it, I don’t think I’ll ever be over it.” 

Charlotte, who has also appeared as a contestant on Strictly, asked Adam whether he’s now come to terms with his elimination.

Adam smiled and assured Charlotte he is “doing okay” but admitted the experience was “bittersweet”. 

He candidly said: “Honestly, it’s bittersweet because obviously I came out and I wanted to do the Paso [Doble], for example, but now I get to do other things.

“I get to spend more time at home with my family, and hopefully get to inspire more people with the book.

“I’m not a negative person, so I’m trying to find the positives.”

The host also asked Adam about his mum, Caroline, who made an outburst when he was kicked off the competition. 

At the time of his elimination, Caroline took to Twitter to accuse the show of being “a fix” after he was voted off.

Addressing the tweet, Adam explained: “I love my mum so much, she obviously loves me. She was just trying to have my back.

“But yeah, she was furious. She just wanted to see me do more dances.”

Adam was voted out of the competition alongside Katya after losing the dance-off to Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin a few weeks ago. 

After becoming the sixth contestant to be booted off the show, Adam shared with his fans on social media how grateful he was for his time in the competition. 

He penned in an Instagram post: “I didn’t know how much it meant to me until I got a bit emotional after my dance-off; however, I don’t think it was the dancing that pushed me over the edge, but the two years of the constant challenge with myself combined with the energy to win the Olympics and becoming a father at the same time. 

“My emotions are one of my strongest attributes and I’m not ashamed to show that I’m human.”

This weekend marks Musicals Week on Strictly, but judge Craig Revel Horwood is set to sit out of the competition after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, with results shows every Sunday. 

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