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Monday 23rd September 2019

Strictly Come Dancing star Alex Scott defiant in the face of death threats

Her mum and grandmother have been worried by the abuse

Strictly's Alex Scott has received death threats from racist trolls on social media.

The 34-year-old football pundit has revealed she's already faced a torrent of vile abuse since making the transition from being a player to a TV star.

She said: "I had all of it - for being a woman on TV, for being a woman of ­colour on TV, that I'm ticking a box, death threats.

"I had the lot. But I'm still standing."

I'm still standing.
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All Mellow Yellow and hand on hip sass 🤣 Official @bbcstrictly photos are out.. ekkkkk 🙊

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Alex confessed that her mother and grandmother have both been terrified by the abuse she's received online.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Alex - who has worked as a pundit on the BBC and Sky Sports - explained the last 12 months had been especially hard due to the abuse she has received.

Alex also admitted it was her mum's worrying about it that really affected her.

She continued: "I thought, 'What do I do?' I felt alone in the process. I didn't want to be that female that is seen to be complaining about my new role."

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Tomorrow is the day.. who is my @bbcstrictly partner going to be? #Arsenal #England #lionesses

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Alex, seen as an early favourite to win the BBC One dance series, has previously denied she has a Strictly advantage despite winning the Sport Relief special.

She said: "I only trained for a week for Strictly Sport Relief. I can’t remember any of the steps! I was just copying."

Alex added: "Strictly’s another world to me. In football, if something goes wrong I know how to correct it. But what happens if I forget the routine with millions watching? That fear keeps going through my head."

But don't mistake her modesty for a lack of ambition - Alex is in it to win it.

She continued: "I’ve always wanted to be a part of this so I’ll be devastated if I go home early on. Now I’m not in football any more I’m after a new trophy."

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Find a partner that you can just have fun with 😊 @mr_njonesofficial 💃🏽... @bbcstrictly

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