Strictly: Adam Peaty addresses his mum's 'fixed exit' claims
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Gold medalist Adam Peaty’s chances of lifting the Glitterball trophy were sadly snatched away on Sunday night following a shocking Strictly elimination. After the disappointing result, the star swimmer chatted to Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast on Thursday and finally addressed mum Caroline’s heated comments on Twitter.
Peaty suggested there could be another reason why his mum wanted him and partner Katya Jones to stay in the running.
The swimmer braced himself as BBC presenter Stayt addressed his mum’s recent claims.
“I agree with you that mums are always going to support their own,” he said.
“She wanted to see me every Saturday night. You know how mums get, bless her, I love her to bits, she loves me to bits.”
However, Peaty then admitted: “But I think she just wanted me to do a Paso! That’s all she wanted to see me do.”
Throughout the current series, Peaty and Katya have performed a Jive, Cha-Cha-Cha and Viennese Waltz, but sadly haven’t had the chance to tackle the Paso Doble.
Judge Shirley Ballas revealed she would have voted to save Peaty and Jones, but sadly that wasn’t enough to secure them a place in Week Eight.
Peaty’s mum Caroline took to Twitter shortly afterwards to slam the divisive result.
She called his elimination a “total fix” and said, “I’m not buying the public vote.”
However, she also thanked her son’s partner, adding: “@Mrs_katjones you have taught my baby boy how to dance, thank you x.”
The Olympian came ninth in the competition overall despite steadily improving over the past few weeks.
Even so, Peaty also admitted he’s happy to bow out as the competition starts to heat up.
He told Stayt and Munchetty: “I’m glad I’m out because I don’t deserve to be there.”
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The standard of dancers for this year’s series has certainly impressed the judges, who have already given out a number of 9s and 10s.
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are once again at the top after scoring a formidable 39 for their Charleston.
Peaty continued: “Some of the dancers there are just… my jaw is dropping.
“I will always get behind everyone on the show, and say, ‘You know what? That’s incredible.’”
Munchetty was impressed with how their guest had taken the loss and asked if Peaty had had words with his mother.
“Well, yeah,” he replied. “It is the way it is. I don’t want to censor anyone.
“My mum’s got her thoughts, I’ve got mine and my thought is the most important one to me.
“I had the most incredible time, and everyone on that show deserves to be there, and I don’t.”
Thankfully the loss hasn’t affected Peaty’s confidence in the pool, and he continues to swim for the London Roar swimming team in the 2021 International Swimming League.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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