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Nicola Adams is set to take part in Strictly Come Dancing as one half of the first ever all-female dancing partnership.
She is making history and banking on her skills as an Olympic champion boxer to be able to bring the rights steps to the ballroom floor and complete the impressive lifts needed to score high marks from the judges.
As the "Strictly curse" rumours rears its ugly head every year, Nicola, 37, isn't concerned about it ruining her relationship with 22 year old beauty blogger Ella Baig.
In fact the pair are so solid Nicola said that no one else even comes close to Ella, not even professional dancer Katya Jones, who she is rumoured to be partnered with.
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The retired sports star, who has an MBE for services to boxing in 2013 and an OBE, has two Olympic golds to her name and will no doubt be hoping to add the Strictly Glitterball Trophy to her list of accolades.
As Nicola gets stuck into intense training programme ahead of her debut, let's take a look inside her relationship with Ella.
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Who is Nicola Adams' girlfriend Ella Baig?
Ella Baig is a beauty blogger and fashion stylist, who Nicola started dating in 2018.
As well as posting pictures with her girlfriend, the model likes to flash the flesh and recently posed naked on her Instagram page.
She posted the racy image from her trip to Mykonos with the boxer writing in the caption: "Life is easier when you’re comfortable in your own skin."
The model, who is from Leeds like Nicola, isn't afraid of being a bit risqué as she proved on a night out with her other half wearing a very see-through dress.
The social media influencer left little to the imagination in her off-the-shoulder dress with polka dots and a long dark strip down the side, covering her modesty with nude underwear and added black heels to complete the look.
How did Nicola and Ella meet?
Nicola met Ella in a club two years ago after she had split from her fiancée and fellow boxer Marlen Esparza.
She told the Daily Mail: "I remember seeing her on the dance floor. It was her eyes. She’s got really, really beautiful eyes. They’re bright green. She totally took my breath away. I went over and said: 'Hey, do you want to dance?' We got talking and that was it."
And two years later with Nicola about to appear on Strictly, she said that Ella isn't worried about her partner dancing with a female pro: "She's cool with that."
The pair have faced abuse as a same-sex couple sharing during an appearance on Loose Women that they’re often asked who is “the man” in their relationship.
"We’re both really quite strong willed and comments don’t really affect us too much. We always ignore it [but] for a lot of people it’s hard to do that sometimes," Nicola explained.
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Do Nicola and Ella live together?
Nicola and Ella live in their home town of Leeds in a house which has a huge garden, hottub, a private gym and modern style decor inside.
The couple, who also appeared on Channel 4's Celebrity Gogglebox together, also share an American pitbull named Brooklyn who appeared on the programme with them.
They have even been filming TikTok videos during lockdown which also gave a glimpse inside their home, including their living room in one clip where Ella teaches Nicola how to twerk.
And even though she's retired from professional sports, Nicola hasn't let her athletic figure slip and has shown her rippling abs on her Instagram owing to the fact she has her own boxing gym at her home to keep in tip-top condition.
Baby plans for Nicola and Ella
Nicola has shared her hopes for a family in the future with Ella, telling the Daily Mail that the blogger would be carrying their first child.
The former boxer said she doesn't plan on carrying any children: "I don’t fancy going through all the hormone changes and everything. I’ve seen what the mood swings can do to friends.
"Anyway Ella’s more nurturing than I am. I’m the one who takes the bins out. She doesn’t like to do anything that will mess up her nails."
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