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Adam Peaty says his mother ‘just wanted him to do a paso’

Olympian Adam Peaty has commented on his mother’s reaction following his Strictly Come Dancing exit, saying: “I think she just wanted me to do a paso.”

The 26-year-old swimmer and professional partner Katya Jones were the sixth couple to leave the BBC One competition after ending up in the dance-off against Tilly Ramsay and her partner Nikita Kuzmin.

Following their exit, Peaty’s mother Caroline said on Twitter that she was proud of her son, but added: “Total fix and I’m not buying the public vote.”

Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Thursday, Peaty told presenter Charlie Stayt: “I agree with you, mums are always going to support their own. 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. I think she just wanted me to do a paso (doble), that’s all she wanted to see me do… for me, if anyone can lose well it’s me, and everyone in that competition, they are incredible people, and I’m glad I’m out because I don’t deserve to be there.

“Some of the dancers are just… my jaw is dropping and I will always get behind everyone on the show and so, you know what, that’s incredible, that’s different for me because normally I’m on my own and go, you know, ‘You’re not beating me today’, but this is different…”

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