Jason Bell is joining Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing’s Jason Bell: Who is he and why is he famous?

The former NFL player has a child with Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle

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Strictly Come Dancing’s alpha male in 2020 comes in the form of US sports star Jason Bell, the now retired American footballer.

In the UK, though, the new Strictly star is perhaps best known for dating Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle, with whom he has a child.

So what’s his game plan?

Jason Bell takes part in Strictly 2020
Jason Bell will be taking part in Strictly 2020 (Credit: BBC)

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Who is Jason Bell?

Jason Bell is a former NFL player and American broadcaster. He is best known to us Brits as the former boyfriend of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle. The pair share custody of their six-year-old daughter Anaiya.

He will now be joining the line up of Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

Are Nadine and Jason Bell still friends?

Nadine and Jason split up in 2019, after 11 years together, but the pair appear to have remained good chums.

Speaking to OK! magazine earlier this year, the northern Irish singer revealed: “Co-parenting is working really well for us as we always put Anaiya first. Jason moved over here when I moved back from LA and he lives up the road. We still do lots of things together. We even go away together.”

Nadine said there was no drama between the pair and that their relationship ended naturally. “It can come to a situation where you’re almost (just) really, really good friends, so that can change the dynamic of a relationship,” she told The Sun.

Nadine Coyle
Nadine Coyle, pictured here in February, is Jason Bell’s famous ex (Credit: Splash)

She added” “Jason and I are very, very close in that way. We’re more friends than in a romantic sense. He was in our house for Christmas. We still take Anaiya out, we have dinners. She’s always the main priority.”

She also told The Sun: “I adore Jason. He’s great and he’s Anaiya’s daddy. He’s brilliant. Obviously Jason and I spent a long time together but we are very, very close. I see him, like, three times a day. We’re very close. Jason lives very nearby. Incredibly nearby.”

How old is Jason Bell?

He is 42-years-old and was born in Long Beach, California, where he went on to attend Robert A Millikan High School where he played quarter back.

Jason Bell podcast
Will Jason’s American football career help him on Strictly? (Credit: The Jason & Osi Podcast / Spotify)

How successful was Jason Bell at American football?

After completing a football scholarship at the University of California, he went on to play as a cornerback/safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He finished his professional career with the New York Giants in 2008.

Why did Jason give up American football?

After suffering a back injury in 2007, Jason was forced to to retire.

Now he hosts The Jason & Osi Podcast with fellow NFL alum Osi Umenyiora and hosts the NFL Show on BBC with Umenyiora.

Jason also pursued a career in private wealth management and was named as one of the ‘Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street’ by Business Insider in 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing is back on Saturday 17 October with a new line-up of celebrities hitting the dance floor

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