DOI’s Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu shares struggles away from show as she talks game plan

Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has opened up on the difficulties of balancing life away from Dancing on Ice while revealing her winning tactic.

The 28 year old, who was crowned the Love Island champion alongside her partner Davide Sanclimenti in 2022, is preparing to showcase her skating skills to the nation on Sunday night (January 15).

But when speaking about the challenges she had to overcome during rehearsals, Ekin-Su confessed she found it hard to switch off when faced with issues outside the ice rink.

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Sharing her thoughts exclusively with Daily Star at a round table event, she said: "Sometimes when you have a lot of things going on outside the training and you come into the ice rink and you know you've got to train and you have to switch off, sometimes at first I found that quite hard.

"It's like acting when you act you have to leave your problems on a hanger, leave it there, go into the room be this person act and deal with your problems and the ice rink is the same."

The star added that the moment she started worrying about other things her ability to skate well was also affected.

Ekin-Su expressed: "That was quite hard for me but I'm great now you know."

Talking about whether she wants to win Dancing on Ice, like she did Love Island she said: "I went in to Love Island not to win, I went in to find love.

"I didn't think I was going to stay that long and I had the mindset of knowing what I wanted and that was with a guy and when I won I was shocked.

"So I'm having the same mentality in this programme where I'm gonna have fun, I'm gonna have fun with everyone around me, use it take it all in and whatever happens I'm grateful."

She added: "So I don't actually have that mentality of 'Oh my God, I'm in it to win' because when that happens, you're not going to win. It's true."

This week Ekin-Su hit headlines after she revealed she had the flu.

Jumping onto Twitter, she wrote: "Had this flu for a month now! Not what you need for the live show Sunday! Need to rest."

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV1 on Sunday, January 15 at 6.30pm

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