Nicola Adams’ girlfriend Ella Baig says the boxer is first ‘masculine lesbian’ she’s dated and claims she didn’t know she was bisexual until her pals told her
Ella Baig has opened up about her sexuality and her two-year relationship with Olympic boxer Nicola Adams in a candid new interview.
The model, 22, said that the Strictly star, 38, is the first ‘masculine lesbian’ she has ever dated, after initially believing she fancied women who ‘looked more like her’.
Ella also revealed that she had no idea she was bisexual and believed that ‘everyone’ was attracted to women, before her friends explained that wasn’t the case.
Candid: Ella Baig has opened up about her sexuality and her two-year relationship with Olympic boxer Nicola Adams in a candid new interview
Speaking to hosts Bobby Norris and First Dates waitress Cici Coleman on Fubar’s Access All Areas, Ella candidly detailed discovering her sexuality, and said:
‘Growing up and never seeing people with your sexuality on TV, any like celebrities that come out and things like that.
‘I had no clue about my sexuality when I was younger. For ages, I genuinely just thought that everyone thought that women were attractive, and it was normal, and I didn’t fancy them.
‘I just thought they were attractive and that’s what everyone thought.’
Love: The model, 22, said that the Strictly star, 38, is the first ‘masculine lesbian’ she has ever dated, after initially believing she fancied women who ‘looked more like her’ (pictured together in July 2019)
She continued: ‘It wasn’t till my friends were sort of like, ‘no Ella’. I was like, ‘oh well then I must be bisexual’ but even then I didn’t know my type. I didn’t know anything.’
The model shared more about her sexuality and the difficulties she faced when growing up: ‘Nikki is the first masculine lesbian that I’ve ever dated. I thought I liked girls that look like me and wondered why I always just wanted to be friends with them. So, like, you don’t see any different people growing up.
‘Especially like, when I started going to London, there was more diversity and there were so many different people. Whereas where I was living there were no different people. It’s so odd but when you don’t see different people you don’t know a lot about who you like and things like that.’
Finding her way: Ella also revealed that she had no idea she was bisexual and believed that ‘everyone’ was attracted to women, before her friends explained that wasn’t the case
Ella is now in a happy relationship with retired sports star Nicola, who she’s been dating for two years, having met on a night out in Leeds.
She took part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing as part of the first same sex couple on the show, something that Ella was very proud of: ‘The reason she does things like that are like what makes me proud, because she really does do it because she wants to help change and, you know, inspire other people to be themselves.’
Speaking about her partner making history on the show, Ella said: ‘It was definitely so long overdue. I mean, it is ridiculous when you even say to yourself that people complain about seeing two women dancing together on TV.
Open: Speaking to hosts Bobby Norris and First Dates waitress Cici Coleman on Fubar’s Access All Areas , Ella candidly detailed discovering her sexuality
‘It’s not hurting anyone, it’s not affecting anyone, no one is forcing other women to dance with other women, and it is completely their choice. But yeah, just the fact that it got such a mixed response just shows how necessary it was.’
Elsewhere during the interview, Ella discussed her passion for the body positivity movement, which she admitted she wished was around when she was younger.
When quizzed on why she is involved in the campaign, she said: There are so many different reasons. It’s just down to, being more open about your body is so beneficial to other women.
Sweet: Ella said she was ‘so proud’ of girlfriend Nicola for making history in the first all female partnership on Strictly Come Dancing (pictured with partner Katya Jones)
‘I know that the most horrible thing growing up is thinking that you are so different from everyone else. When, in reality, as you get older, you realise that everyone has the exact same issues.’
The blonde beauty went on to admit that she hasn’t always felt this way, explaining that it’s something she’s had to learn as she’s grown up: ‘I used to be so insecure when I was a teenager. I actually come from a Pakistani background so the light skin and the dark hair, it’s not a good mix.
‘So, growing up I had hairy arms and things like that and I was always super insecure about things like that. And as you grow up you realise that it is completely normal.’
She continued: ‘Even down to where you keep fat on your body as a woman and like different things like that, that you just don’t get taught about, so you don’t know about.
‘So I was always very insecure when I was growing up and it wasn’t until I got to my very late teens that I started to become more confident. And it wasn’t really till the past few years that I’ve been as confident as I am now.’
Ella is far from the shy teenager she recalled as she regularly posts racy pictures online as well as on her Only Fans account
Strong: Elsewhere during the interview, Ella discussed her passion for the body positivity movement, which she admitted she wished was around when she was younger
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