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Nicola Adams: Leaving Strictly Come Dancing was really tough

She said she felt ‘sorry’ for her professional partner Katya Jones.

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Nicola Adams says leaving Strictly was ‘really tough’ (Guy Levy/BBC)

Nicola Adams says leaving Strictly was ‘really tough’ (Guy Levy/BBC)

Nicola Adams says leaving Strictly was ‘really tough’ (Guy Levy/BBC)

Nicola Adams has said it was “really tough” to be forced out of Strictly Come Dancing and into self-isolation by coronavirus.

The Olympic boxer had to quit the competition after her professional partner Katya Jones tested positive for Covid-19.

Adams told BBC Two’s It Takes Two: “It’s been really tough.”

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(Ray Burmiston/BBC)

(Ray Burmiston/BBC)

(Ray Burmiston/BBC)

She added: “It was horrible, I just felt sorry for Katya because I knew she was going to blame herself and it’s one of those things.

“I didn’t want her to blame herself because it wasn’t her fault and I never saw it that way.”

Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal confirmed the pair would return to the programme to perform in the final, although they will not be competing for the glitterball trophy.

The pair were the first same-sex couple to compete in the BBC One celebrity dancing competition.

Jones told It Takes Two she did not feel ill after testing positive and she did not develop symptoms.

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Katya Jones (Ian West/PA)

Katya Jones (Ian West/PA)

Katya Jones (Ian West/PA)

She said she had tears “streaming down” her face after she knew she had contracted the virus.

“I just kept asking – ‘Can Nicola carry on?’ – because obviously that’s all I wanted for her,” Jones added.

The pair, whose Strictly performances included a routine inspired by the film Grease, self-isolated separately after Jones’s positive test.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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