‘I’m not OK’ Adam Peaty hits out as he breaks silence on emotional Strictly 2021 exit

Strictly: Adam Peaty says he had a 'challenging' day in the studio

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Adam Peaty, 26, became the sixth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021, and after having previously said that he “couldn’t care less” about critical comments, he has now called on people to “challenge themselves”. The star received online abuse after week four of this year’s series on BBC One, when he and his professional dance partner Katya Jones performed a sizzling Argentine Tango, ending their performance with what some viewers perceived to be an “almost kiss”.

Adam spoke out over the speculation at the time, emphasising the “real life consequences” that can follow, while his girlfriend Eiri Munro shared an hilarious reaction on social media, pretending to cry in a video captioned: “Watching your boyfriend almost kiss another woman on live TV.”

Now, after the Olympian was eliminated following a dance-off against Tilly Ramsay, he sent a message out, criticising those who mocked him. 

Posting pictures of himself with Katya, he wrote: “What an experience @bbcstrictly has been.

“I’m so grateful for my time on this show, from the highs of performing in front of millions and the extreme challenge of learning a new routine within three days every week, it’s been incredible.”

He continued: “I didn’t know how much it meant to me until I got a bit emotional after my dance-off; however, I don’t think it was the dancing that pushed me over the edge, but the two years of the constant challenge with myself combined with the energy to win the Olympics and becoming a father at the same time. 

“My emotions are one of my strongest attributes and I’m not ashamed to show that I’m human.

“It’s crazy to me because I thought I was ‘OK’ but I am not. We all have to wear a piece of armour to get the job done and it wasn’t until this week that I knew I could let it go. 

“I’m still healing from the trials and tribulations that elite sporting athletes go through but with that, I’m also adapting and learning from life. 

“Thank you Katya for being there every single day, you are incredible. I don’t have enough positive words for you and what an amazing person and dancer you are. 

“Thank you to everyone behind the scenes, you are brilliant. I’m so grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. @tillyramsay you were incredible and I’m so glad you get to show how much of an amazing dancer you are again next week!”

“For the people who tried to bring us down throughout the show, please challenge yourself to be better. The world needs much more positivity and truth,” he added.

When it comes to trolls, the swimming champion previously admitted that he has considered whether or not to respond when “someone with five followers on a fake account” targets him. 

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“They’ve obviously got more things going on in their life than I’ve got in mine, if that makes sense if they need to send hate to me.

“Cause I get a lot of hateful messages, especially on the Argentine Tango. But I actually realised, I’m just trying my best to be a dancer here,” he told Metro.co.uk.

Following the hotly debated routine he and Katya delivered a couple of weeks ago, Adam revealed he “didn’t think anything of it” until he saw Twitter, which erupted with reactions to what appeared to be an “almost kiss”.

He continued: “That is the honest truth because I was so in the moment and I loved the dance and we performed the dance, we did our best version on that night, and I think it was incredible.

“But people won’t understand that because they don’t know what it’s like to do three major lifts, they don’t know what it’s like to lead,” he said.

Adam is currently dating Eiri Munro, 23, with whom he shares a son, George, who just turned one year old.

Meanwhile, Katya is thought to be single after splitting from her husband Neil Jones, 39, back in 2019.

The pair performed a Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers one more time on Sunday after finding themselves in the bottom two, but sadly it wasn’t enough to get them through to next week.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all chose to save Tilly from going home, following her and Nikita Kuzmin’s Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max.

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