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We’re used to seeing Billie Faiers with her TOWIE pals or alongside sister Sam Faiers in The Mummy Diaries – but this time she’s going it alone.
The reality star, 30, who has kids Nelly, six, and Arthur, three, with hubby Greg, 35, admits she’s nervous about performing and that it’ll feel weird doing something without her sister.
But she is eager to show fans a new side of Billie…
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Hey, Billie! How are you feeling ahead of the live shows?
I’ve really enjoyed training, but I’m such a nervous person. My biggest challenge will be overcoming my fear of performing. I literally go to bed thinking about it every night. Performing in general is nerve-racking, but doing it on ice….
Have you found any tricks to calm your nerves?
My mum and sister are really good at calming me down.
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This is one of the first things you’ve done without Sam, right?
I think it’ll be nice for people to see a different side of me. I’ve always played it safe and done stuff with my sister. It’s like a security blanket. When I was given this opportunity, I knew it was now or never. It’s quite funny that I’m the one doing it. Sam’s always been sportier. Even when we went ice skating as kids, she’d be running off and I’d be holding onto the edge.
Has Gemma Collins been in touch?
When I post anything of us skating she sends me really lovely, supportive messages. It’s so nice to have that support.
Have you had any injuries?
I had a nasty fall in the early stages of training and hit the ice so hard I gave myself whiplash. I’m not an overly emotional person, so I was trying to hold back the tears – but I couldn’t.
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Have you managed to watch any of the other couples?
I’ve tried not to at this stage. I feel good about my skating at the moment, so I don’t want to be crushed after seeing other people and thinking I haven’t got a chance.
What’s Greg’s reaction been like?
He’s been so supportive. I feel very lucky because it’s a big commitment for us as a family. He’s been doing all the school runs and most of the food shopping. He’s set fire to the kitchen in the past, but he’s better now and is taking up a lot more
of the cooking.
Have the kids got into skating since you started?
They’ve both been to the rink and had a go, but Arthur is definitely better at it than Nelly. Nelly’s really clumsy and she even said, “I don’t think I’m an ice skating girl, Mummy.” Arthur is really into it though. He calls Mark (her pro skater partner Mark Hanretty) “Marky Mark” and asks him to spin him around.
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