Brendan Cole heartbroken after Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor spoke out

In her new book Spinning Plates Sophie, 42, reveals that Strictly caused problems for her and husband Richard Jones. She also likened the show to that of a “cult”.

Richard, 42, received counselling after Sophie said he was “unusually insistent knowing where I was all the time”.

Sophie and Brendan were partnered on the show in 2013, finishing in fourth place.

Brendan, 45, was axed from the show in 2018, is a contestant on the new series of Dancing On Ice.

He said: “It was an interesting read. She didn’t let on. I’m proud of Sophie for having the bravery to speak out.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is on BBC One on Saturday evenings.