Victoria Pendleton has described dancing steamy routines with partner Brendan Cole as a difficult experience, especially as she is not in love with him.
The Olympian, who is ranking second place on the Strictly Come Dancing scoreboard, has said that pretending to be in love with someone else apart from her fiancé can be very hard.
The former champion cyclist said: "As lovely as Brendan is, he's not my fiancé, so dancing the tango, which involves staying away from each other as opposed to pretending to be in love with each other, was really enjoyable for me.
"I'm not an actress, so pretending to be in love with someone for a week is actually quite hard."
Victoria, who will tie the knot with Scott Gardner next year, has said her husband-to-be has been incredibly supportive of her efforts.
She said: "It's a good thing Scott is very secure in our relationship, so there are no issues there. He has been very supportive of me during Strictly, running me a bath when I get home from training with sore feet, and coming to the studio every week."
She added: "He also gets upset for me when a performance doesn't go as well as I was hoping it would. He was particularly concerned when I nearly strangled myself with chiffon in the rumba a couple of weeks ago."
Image: © Getty