Ulrika Jonsson has addressed the ‘Strictly Curse’ after Sophie Ellis-Bextor revealed how her time on the present ‘took such a toll’ on her marriage that her husband ended up in counselling.
In a column penned for The Sun on Saturday, Ulrika, 54, stated she understands how work journeys and workplace events can create ‘insecurity and pleasure for each companions’.
The Swedish-British TV presenter, who hosted Gladiators from 1992, recalled how her time on the present finally led to her marriage breakdown with John Turnbull.
‘I got here house a much-changed spouse’: Ulrika Jonsson, 54, revealed in a column for The Solar on Saturday how her time internet hosting Gladiators contributed to her marriage breakdown and ‘subsequent unfaithfulness’. Pictured in a promo shot for Gladiators in 1994
Ulrika recalled how she ‘faltered’ through the second yr of the present’s recording (1993) when a digicam crew member ‘caught her eye’ at a celebration in the direction of the top of filming.
‘We ended up dancing collectively, albeit not Strictly-styley. Not intimate however sufficient for me to get a style of one thing engaging and forbidden,’ she wrote.
‘Nothing occurred however I developed emotions for this man and got here house a much-changed spouse. I did not need to be at house.’
Ulrika defined how the joy of the present made her really feel ‘greater than only a spouse’.
Sincere remarks: Ulrika recalled how she ‘faltered’ through the second yr of the present’s recording (1993) when a digicam crew member ‘caught her eye’ (Pictured in 2019 )
Over: Ulrika finally divorced John Turnbull in 1995. ‘My marriage broke down and I used to be subsequently untrue,’ she wrote. Pictured collectively in 1994
In contrast to Sophie, who was capable of restore her marriage, Ulrika finally divorced John in 1995.
‘My marriage broke down and I used to be subsequently untrue. Finally we did handle to reheat the wedding souffle, however I utterly perceive how going away on work journeys and workplace events creates an insecurity and pleasure for each companions,’ she stated.
In an abridged extract from Spinning Plates, by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, printed by The Mail On Sunday this month, the singer, 42, recalled how her time as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 was ‘the most effective of instances’ and likewise ‘the worst of instances’.
Marriage breakdown: Ulrika defined how the joy of the present made her really feel ‘greater than only a spouse’. The TV presenter finally divorced Richard in 1995. Pictured in 1991
‘A number of the present was pure pleasure and exhilaration. However a few of it was critically intense and, even for a powerful marriage like we now have, it gave our foundations a superb outdated shake,’ she wrote, referencing her marriage with Richard Jones.
‘Within the launch present the place we met our Strictly companions, I regarded completely terrified. It wasn’t that I used to be terrified to be paired with Brendan Cole – I appreciated Brendan.
‘We’d acquired on once we’d met to be taught the group dance for the launch and I secretly wished to be paired with him as he was the one skilled to be married and a dad, so I knew this may give us issues to speak about apart from footwork.’
Sophie stated she felt ‘uncomfortable that there was a slight weirdness in forming a brand new ‘couple’ if you’re each two married strangers.’
‘Within the present, I discovered that type of factor simply didn’t sit too simply with me – despite the fact that Brendan was an entire gentleman all through,’ she wrote.
‘Why do they fetishise the ‘couples’ side a lot? Dance companions, sure, however a pair has a special nod.
Examined: The singer, 42, recalled how her time on Strictly Come Dancing ‘took such a toll’ on her marriage with Richard Jones. Pictured collectively in 2017
‘I had discovered this actually harmless after I’d learn it within the newspapers, however when it was me, with one other man, and Richard watching on, I didn’t discover it fairly so harmless.’
Sophie recalled how Brendan shook Richard’s hand within the crowd once they have been first paired and was very a lot a gentleman.
‘He had good recommendation for me. ‘In order for you this to work effectively, contain your pals, contain your husband.’ I feel it did make a distinction,’ she wrote.
Whereas she loved the dance routines and ‘sparkly costumes’, Sophie revealed the ‘draw back’ of being on the present.
‘At house my head was distracted. I’d get in exhausted, and whereas listening to what had been happening with the youngsters, I may really feel my ideas getting foggy as I went again and again some step I used to be discovering onerous,’ she wrote.
‘I nonetheless really feel unhealthy that I used to be so absent. Particularly at Christmas time as the ultimate approached. The variety of individuals nonetheless within the present dwindled and the depth ramped up.
Challenges: Sophie revealed how husband Richard ended up in counselling. Pictured: Sophie on the present with dance accomplice Brendan Cole in 2013
‘I may see among the different contestants’ marriages and relationships have been below pressure. There have been three marriage break-ups in my yr and two Strictly infants have been born from fellow contestants and their dance companions.
‘That’s not meant to trivialise any of these incidents. I don’t know what was happening within the marriages that broke down, and hey, working collectively is usually the way you meet individuals.
‘However the concentric circles of those real-life conditions, adjustments and developments positively began to vary the ambiance of the programme. I can’t consider any phrase apart from ‘intense’.’
She continued: ‘By the ultimate week, I used to be carried out. I can keep in mind standing beside the dance ground with Abbey Clancy and we have been each saying how prepared we have been to return to our husbands and our regular lives.
‘All of the whereas, Richard was feeling not noted within the chilly. He was fearful he was dropping me. Not that I used to be going to run off with anybody – he appreciated Brendan and knew that nothing was going to occur there – however I feel he thought that one thing was awakening in me and he felt he wasn’t a part of my future.’
Sophie revealed how Richard ‘started seeing a counsellor’ after she had ‘been within the present a month or so’ and that ‘it actually helped’.
Repairing the wedding: Sophie revealed how Richard ‘started seeing a counsellor’ after she had ‘been within the present a month or so’ and that ‘it actually helped’. Pictured collectively in September