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Nicola Adams’ girlfriend Ella Baig struggled with panic attacks during boxer’s Strictly stint

‘It was one of the worst periods of my life’: Nicola Adams’ girlfriend Ella Baig admits she struggled with panic attacks and ‘dark thoughts’ during boxer’s short-lived Strictly stint

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Ella Baig has revealed she grew so lonely while girlfriend Nicola Adams was rehearsing for Strictly Come Dancing she decided to move back to Leeds to be near her mum for support.

The influencer, 22, admitted she massively struggled on her own during lockdown, and couldn’t cope with the isolation despite trying to keep busy.

She told The Sun: ‘I started feeling really down and having panic attacks, where my heart was racing and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I had dark thoughts.

Lonely: Ella Baig, 22, has revealed she massively struggled in isolation while girlfriend Nicola Adams was away rehearsing for Strictly Come Dancing

‘There was another national lockdown, restaurants and hair salons were all closed and as I was in a bubble with Nicki and Katya [Jones] I wasn’t allowed to go out and see anyone.

‘We were apart for two months and it was a hard decision not to see Nicki for that long but you have to put your health first. It was one of the worst periods of my life.’

Ella spoke candidly about struggling to get out of bed in the morning, completely losing her appetite, and quitting exercise—eventually leading her to move in with her nurse mum. 

Olympic boxing champ Nicola, 38, was an early favourite to win the BBC One competition, but was forced to quit after her dance partner Katya Jones, 31, tested positive for Covid-19.

And though they didn’t get a chance to vie for the trophy, the pair still made Strictly history as the show’s first same-sex couple.

Power couple: With Olympic boxing champ Nicola, 38, was constantly in the studio, Ella began to experience panic attacks and said she had 'dark thoughts' during the second lockdown

Power couple: With Olympic boxing champ Nicola, 38, was constantly in the studio, Ella began to experience panic attacks and said she had ‘dark thoughts’ during the second lockdown

While the ‘Strictly curse’ has become synonymous with a series of high-profile celebrity breakups over the seasons, Ella insisted it was never a concern.

In 2018, fans were shocked when it emerged that then-married Katya had been caught kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh.

But Ella remained fully confident in the strong tie she shared with ‘Nicki’, who she also considers to be her best friend.

She stressed the decision to relocate just weeks into the second lockdown was all about taking care of her mental health.

Early exit: Nicola and Katya Jones, 31, made history as Strictly's first same-sex couple. Sadly, the pair were forced to quit after Katya tested positive for coronavirus

Early exit: Nicola and Katya Jones, 31, made history as Strictly’s first same-sex couple. Sadly, the pair were forced to quit after Katya tested positive for coronavirus

The model was candid about battling with depression and anxiety since the age of 12, and knew being close to family was ultimately the best choice for her.

Now, Ella and Nicola are back under the same roof and are happier than ever.

Ella said the boxer even had a special Valentine’s Day planned—but she had no idea what to expect.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Reunited: The influencer and the Olympian are back under one roof and blissful as ever, with a special surprise planned for Valentine's Day

Reunited: The influencer and the Olympian are back under one roof and blissful as ever, with a special surprise planned for Valentine’s Day 

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