Inside ‘Strictly Syndrome’ as curse sees Adam Peaty split from girlfriend Eiri

There’s just a few weeks to go until Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens and fans have already started the countdown.

But the question on everyone’s lips is, who will be the next to fall under the Strictly curse?

Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty was the focus of last year’s TV contest as viewers were left stunned over his ‘almost kiss’ with Katya during their routine. Now, one year on, the sportsman has split from his girlfriend Eiri Munro, with whom he shares a two-year-old son called George.

In a lengthy social media post Adam wrote: “Eiri and George, I’m sorry for letting you down.”

Countless celebrities have fallen foul of the Strictly curse since the show began in 2004. But what is it that’s made the curse linger on for so many years, and will it ever end?

Celebrity psychologist Dr Richard Reid, who's worked with A-listers, CEOs and royalty, thinks he has the answer…

“When we grow as a person it’s a fantastic feeling, but it also affects the dynamics of our relationships,” he reveals. “Often we connect with a person and enter a relationship based on how we are at that moment in time.”

The challenge within our love lives comes when we begin to grow and external factors come into play.

“Strictly sees these celebrities enter into a new situation, and not necessarily one that they’ve actually chosen [in terms of who they’re partnered with],” comments Richard. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new and the experience makes them feel empowered.”

Taking part in the show and connecting with people from all walks on life can have massive effects – both good and bad, he explains.

“It might make the stars realise new possibilities and capabilities they have that they weren’t aware of before. That realisation is really invigorating and opens our eyes to something new.”

There’s a term for this eye-opening experience – ‘self actualisation’ – which is when we start to realise the full extent of who we can be in life.

“Perhaps the contest makes the stars reflect on the structures we have in place like our careers, our homes and of course, our relationships,” muses Richard.

Adam Peaty’s not the only Strictly star to end their relationship after the show.

Four years ago comedian Seann Walsh was caught kissing dancer Katya Jones as the contest played out. His ex – actress Rebecca Humphries – wrote a memoir about self-worth following their split.

Back in 2013, Countdown co-host Rachel Riley split from her husband of just 15 months during the show and a year later was dating dance partner Pasha Kovalev. The pair married in 2019 and share two children.

That same year, runner-up Susanna Reid broke up with her partner Dominic Cotton. She denied the split was due to the Strictly curse, commenting to the Daily Mirror: “Obviously things have been challenging in my personal life but we are getting things sorted.”

2013 was a bumper year for the curse. Rugby star Ben Cohen ended his 11-year marriage to Abby and was forced to deny his romance with dancer partner Kristina Rhianoff. The pair have since welcomed a child together.

Richard adds: “Even if we don’t reflect on our lives, the knock-on effects of us changing can make other people feel challenged or concerned that we’re growing in a way that no longer aligns with what’s important to them.”

One of the most shocking post-Strictly splits occurred in 2017 when Louise and Jamie Redknapp confirmed they were divorcing after almost 20 years of marriage. The news came just months after she competed on the show with dance partner Kevin Clifton, but there were no signs of romance between the pair.

The following year however, Kevin partnered with documentary maker Stacey Dooley. The pair enjoyed a whirlwind romance and his marriage to Karen broke down.

Richard’s created a name for the stars’ big change during the show: Strictly Syndrome.

“People go into the show and may realise that life has more to offer. Perhaps they’ve compromised themselves or suddenly feel a new sense of invigoration. It affects us, and the people around us. And that’s Strictly Syndrome,” he explains.


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