Strictly's Nicola Adams reveals why being in a same-sex couple is 'important'

Strictly Come Dancing star Nicola Adams believes that being in a same-sex pairing on the show will be ‘important’ for the younger generation.

The Olympic boxer is about to make show history for being the first celebrity to ever be part of a same-sex couple with a pro.

Speaking ahead of the BBC series, which starts on October 17, Nicola explained the main reason for wanting to dance with a woman was for ‘diversity’.

‘I guess I wanted to do something different,’ she told

‘I didn’t see what the big deal would be with them pairing me with another female.

‘You go to nightclubs, and girls dance with girls all the time, like professional dancers dance with girls all the time, so I don’t think it’s a big deal.’

The Olympian, who recently appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox with her girlfriend Ella, went on to add: ‘It’s really good to be able to show diversity for the younger generation, as well as to be able to see somebody from the LGBT community.’

When the Strictly line-up was first announced, bosses confirmed that there had been more than 100 complaints ‘from some viewers’ about their decision.

Addressing the messages at the time, the corporation said in a statement: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in the previous series.

‘We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.

‘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.’

As well as Nicola, Maisie Smith, Caroline Quentin, Clara Amfo, Jacqui Smith and Ranvir Singh will be all representing the girls on this year’s line-up.

Meanwhile Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Max George, Bill Bailey and HRVY are the guys about to jump and jive their way in an effort to win the glitterball.

Strictly Come Dancing kicks off on October 17 on BBC One.

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