Ed Balls refuses to accept he's a sex symbol

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 November 2016
Ed Balls and Katya Jones

Ed Balls

Ed Balls has rejected claims that he's become a sex symbol since starring on 'Strictly'

Ed Balls doesn't see himself as a sex symbol.

The 49-year-old politician emerged as an unlikely object of desire during his stint on 'Strictly Come Dancing' - but Ed has downplayed his new-found status.

He said: "I don't think I've taken that [sex symbol] on board at all. I've taken the snake hips though.

"Weddings and family parties of the future, I'll definitely be doing the Charleston or a bit of the Cha-Cha-Cha and we're [me and Yvette are] going to learn a routine together."

Ed lost weight during his time on the programme, but has revealed that his wife, fellow politician Yvette Cooper, is worried how he will sustain his slimline figure.

He explained to 'Loose Women': "She thought I was overweight and she thought go and lose some pounds at dancing. I've lost a stone-and-a-half, which is not bad. Yvette is most worried about now is how I sustain this and keep going."

Ed has surprised the public with his performances on 'Strictly', but he has claimed he's always had an inner flamboyance just waiting to get out.

He said: "Oh definitely [I've always had that showbiz spark inside me]. People who do know me have said 'this is a revelation' but people who have known me for a long time have known I've always had this in me.

"What I didn't think I realised that I had an inner Beyonce. As [dancer partner Katya Jones] flew past me on live television she yelled at me, 'Give them more, give them more'."

Ed also admitted that he would like to do more reality TV but would not be able to mix that flamboyance with a return to politics, like America's 'The Apprentice' winner and President-elect Donald Trump.

He said: "[Being president] is also about people's lives and big decisions and my worry is Donald Trump is going to think he can be a reality TV President and that can be catastrophic.

"I know it's a different thing ... if you get them mixed up it can be dangerous and I'm not going to be foolish like that."

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