Alex Scott: Strictly Come Dancing star opens up about therapy after online trolls

Alex Scott, 35, who used to play football for England, has opened up about the difficulties she has endured in the past year following her stint on Strictly Come Dancing and how she decided to have therapy as a way of coping with some of the backlash after the BBC show.

I had the lot but I’m still standing.

Alex Scott

Alex made it to week 11 of the dancing competition before she was knocked out.

Following her success on the show, she has spoken out about the downsides of being thrust into the public eye; online trolling.

Speaking at an International Women’s Day event, she spoke about the hard time she’d been having.

She told The Sun: “The past year has been really hard in terms of trolling.”

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“It led me to go and seek therapy, to speak about it. And it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

The former footballer explained she is still undergoing therapy and is still on “the journey” to coping with her situation.

She continued: “I would say I’m still on a journey. I’m still in therapy so I’m still learning how to communicate with my emotions more,”

The former Arsenal striker previously told the Mirror she “had the lot” of abuse in the form of racist comments and remarks after landing her role as a BBC and Sky Sports pundit.

“I had all of it for being a woman on TV, for being a woman of colour on TV, that I’m ticking a box, death threats,” she explained.

“I had the lot but I’m still standing.”

The sports sensation who played in 2015’s World Cup became the first female pundit on Sky Sports’ for men’s Premier League matches in 2018.

On the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, Alex was partnered up with professional dancer, Neil Jones.

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The pair came fifth, while Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse won the Strictly glitterball.

Soon after the series came to an end, Alex featured on the Strictly Live! tour.

However, after the 33-date tour, the TV personality explained she needed some time away, and jetted off to Lisbon for a well-deserved break.

The sports pundit also explained how much of an honour it was to speak at the International Women’s Day event.

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She added: “I have to pinch myself because I used to watch Davina on Big Brother.”

Alex then added how she had always dreamt of going on Strictly as she said she used to watch the show.

“I was a huge fan of Strictly before I went on that and I used to watch Claudia. I used to have dreams — but I would never think that it would be me”, the footballer continued to tell The Sun.

The England football star was awarded an MBE in 2017’s New Year’s Honours list.

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