Going from fit to fat ruined our sex life because our bellies get in the way, say Strictly’s James and Ola Jordan

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THEY were known for having two of the hottest bodies on Strictly – so when ex-show dancers Ola and James Jordan flaunted noticeably fuller figures, it caused a storm.

The couple shared a filter-free picture last week of their “mum and dad bods”, with the pair having gone up a good few sizes since their TV days.

And speaking exclusively to The Sun about the viral snap, the outspoken duo didn’t hold back — with James admitting he wishes his wife was skinnier, and Ola revealing their sex life has ­suffered because their “bellies get in the way”.

James and Ola — who were on Strictly between 2006 and 2015 — say they are as shocked as the fans to see how their ­looks have changed.

Ola has gone from 8st to 11½st, while James has put on a whopping 5st and is now 16st.

But it didn’t stop them ­sharing the snap, which showed the once perfectly honed pair standing by the pool at their Kent home in their swimwear, captioned: “Couples That Eat Together Stay Together”.

James, 44, says of the picture: “We were like, ‘Oh my God, we look like fat old people’.

“I’ve just got this ­massive gut, I call it my overhang.

“And Ola has put on weight too. We’ve got in this position together.”

James admits it is his love of junk food that has led them both astray — and also put a dampener on their bedroom antics.

He says: “I admit it, I’m probably not the best influence on Ola. I love my crisps, my chocolate and junk food.

“I eat it all — Chinese, McDonald’s, Burger King, everything.

“Every night after eating it all, we’d go up to bed and I’m saying to Ola, ‘Oh my God, my stomach is so sore’, and then it’s like, ‘Well, see ya in the morning’.”

Ola, 39, continues: “The sex life is definitely different, if not worse, because we are so fat and don’t want to move after a bag of crisps and a Chinese.

“The bellies get in the way of us when it comes to sex. And I’m a bit heavy now. It’s not as exciting.”

The couple say there is certainly no Dirty Dancing any more — and they definitely could not pull off any of their sexy Strictly routines.

James says: “Sex is definitely not better with the mum and dad bods. I can’t throw her about any more like I am used to doing.

“So we realise we need to switch up our eating habits to get back in shape.

“I would love to hold Ola over my head again.”

Ola adds: “If we practised the Dirty Dancing lift in the pool, I’d make him sink right now.”

But the couple — who met in 1999 and have a two- year-old daughter, Ella — say they are not looking for sympathy, because their weight gain is all their own fault.

James says: “We know exactly why we’ve got bigger — we’ve eaten more and moved less.

“It’s bad that my gut just hangs over the top of my trousers, it’s like a proper old beer belly.

“And it’s annoying because I’m quite hairy, and sometimes my belly hair gets stuck in my belt, which is really weird.

“It’s bad lifestyle choices we’ve made because of different reasons, like lockdown, we both grieved very heavily with my dad’s death, and I stopped smoking.

“But I’m very honest about it.”

So what of that most taboo ­question in any relationship — does James fancy Ola less now that she’s piled on the pounds?

As usual, he doesn’t hold back, ­saying: “I will say I prefer Ola smaller. Of course I still love her and fancy her. It is what it is.

“She’s the one now that has taken the steps to speak out about it, so if she then asked me, ‘Thinner or ­bigger?’ I would say thinner.

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