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Strictly heart-throb Jonnie Peacock declares love for Northern Ireland woman

By Donna Deeney

He's been catching the eye of thousands on and off the dancefloor - but did you know his heart strictly belongs to long-term Northern Ireland girlfriend Sally Brown?

Paralympic Team GB star Jonnie Peacock has been hailed an "inspiration" as he wowed the judges when he danced wearing his blade during a lightning-paced jive to Chuck Berry's Johnny B Good in Week Two.

But his biggest support comes from his Limavady-born girlfriend and fellow Paralympian Sally Brown.

The couple have been dating for a number of years with 21-year-old Sally showing her loyalty and support for her man through social media, and even poking a bit of fun at him. As the series got underway, Sally took to Twitter saying: "Honestly really looking forward to seeing Jonnie Peacock in glitter and fake tan... will be hilarious."

The 24-year-old Cambridge-born athlete is the first disabled celebrity to take part in Strictly. A bout of meningitis when he was five led surgeons to amputate his right leg below the knee in a life-saving operation. Determined not to be hindered in life, Peacock rose through the echelons of Paralympics securing two gold medals - one in London 2012 and another in Rio 2016.

Paralympics participation is something Jonnie shares with girlfriend Sally who sadly missed out on the medals when she was part of Team GB during London 2012.

Peacock gushed about his Northern Ireland love in an interview with the Radio Times in 2016.

He said: "I'm not one of these people to jump into life when I'm not ready. I'll wait. Things are going well and let's just keep it that way. If people are going to stay together forever, then there's no need to rush and get it all signed and sealed before you're 24-years-old."

He went on to describe why she is the one for him. "I'm quite picky," he said. "There's always one thing, isn't there? Things just don't click. But they do with her. She's nice and fiery for me, which is fun and makes life interesting. No day is a bore."

The news that Jonnie is spoken for devastated viewers who have taken a keen interest in the athlete, with one woman tweeting: "Is Jonnie Peacock single? Asking for a friend. The friend is also me. #Strictly."

Jonnie and dancing partner Oti Mabuse will undoubtedly have put together a complicated routine for tonight's performance in line with previous weeks.

Ms Mabuse faced criticism from some viewers for the high impact routines she compiled for their performances including one who accused her of "selfish and inconsiderate" to the paralympian.

She retorted: "I'll be selfish 24/7 if it means challenging him will bring out the best in him & he has fun."

A sentiment, girlfriend Sally endorsed with a supportive reply.

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