She took the world by storm after becoming the undefeated WBO female flyweight champion.
And Nicole Adams talks about life growing up and the challenges she faced during a difficult childhood in Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure which airs Friday on ITV.
The show follows the Strictly star, 38, who spends 48 hours with the survival expert, 46, in Dartmoor battling treacherous weather, a rugged climb to a high peak before rappelling off a 150-foot cliff.
Her Story: Nicole Adams talks about life growing up and the challenges she faced during a difficult childhood in Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure which airs Friday on ITV
And at some point during the trek, Bear sits down with Nicola and talks to her about her heritage and the journey she went through to become an Olympic gold medalist.
Nicola candidly reveals that the relationship between her mother and father had been “very violent,” which she says helped create her own resilience and strength.
She tells Bear: ‘It was violent and it is not a stable environment for a growing child.
Battle Scars: And at some point during the trek, Bear sits down with Nicola and talks to her about her heritage and the journey she went through to become an Olympic gold medalist
“It was scary, it was sad, traumatic, but I feel like I don’t know, maybe in all those situations the things that made me the character and the person I am today and that gave me the struggle and the wants to give to survive and don’t give up.
“I’ve never wanted to be a victim, I’ve always been ‘yes, it’s something that happened, but it’s not something that will define me’.”
Nicola candidly tells Bear that the physical abuse wasn’t just directed at her mother when she was a child.
She says: ‘If I was hit and she tried to intervene, she would be hit too, so it was a very difficult time for the family at the time. I think looking back now, it shows me how far I’ve come.’
Survival training: The show follows the strict star, 38, spending 48 hours with the survival expert, 46, in Dartmoor, where she battles treacherous weather
Nicola also reveals that in order to get through her difficult childhood, she clung to the little things that made her happy, such as playing outside with her friends or watching the stars.
The boxing champion also talks about the period in her life when she told her mother she was gay.
Nicola, who is in a relationship with model Ella Baig, describes the time prior to telling her mother as “super scary.”
“I’d been mulling it over in my head for weeks, like what I was going to say,” she says. “When I asked my friends what to say, what the approach should be, should I wait for her to watch her TV soaps or should I wait after the soaps, I didn’t know what to do.
“I didn’t know what her reaction would be, if she would get mad, I just had no idea how she would react.
“I remember one day I got the courage to go and tell her, I think I was about thirteen and fourteen at the time, she was in the kitchen, I just went up to her and I was like, ‘Look mommy’ i was so nervous and i was like “i’m gay” and she was like “oh it’s alright put the kettle on” and i was like “what?”
Motivated: Nicola candidly reveals that the relationship between her mother and father had been ‘very violent’, which she says helped create her own resilience and strength
Leading up to the final special with Nicola, Bear said it’s no surprise that Nicola became champion after seeing how she coped with the conditions in Dartmoor.
He said: ‘Her personal journey is a real testament to her attitude. She’s tough and honest – to me it’s her attitude that has made her such a champion in her life. She reminds me of that quote “I’ve never met a strong person who had an easy past.” She embodies that.
“She has broken barriers all the way through, even if it has been said by Strictly Come Dancing that I want a same-sex partner and am not going to wear a dress. She stands up for what she believes in, fights for what she knows is right and always protected her mother when she was a child.
‘During the trip she was quite afraid of heights, but that’s normal – life is more about how we overcome the things that scare us. Nicola was such an inspiration to hang out with and a ball of positivity.’
Honest Chat: ‘It was scary, it was sad, traumatic, but I feel like I don’t know it might be in all those situations that made me the character and person I am today’
It comes after Nicola shared the images from her trek on Instagram, revealing that the ‘amazing’ adventure pushed her limits and tested her limits.
Footage from the show, which airs Friday, sees the former Strictly star perched amid giant rocks as she prepares to climb down.
While the two also rappel off a cliff at a great height.
A source told The sun of the trip: ‘Nicola jumped at the opportunity to spend 48 hours in the wild with Bear. They filmed the show in Dartmoor and it was pretty rough considering the wet weather.
Coming out: The boxing champion also went on to discuss the period in her life when she told her mother she was gay (pictured with girlfriend Ella Baig last year)
“Nicola is a great sportswoman and was wild for everything Bear threw at her. The premise of the show is not just to teach the stars how to survive in the wild, but also to show them another side.
“Bear is both a great interviewer and an adventurer and he learned a lot from Nicola. It will be a really great watch.’
Bear recently shared how the duo were forced to boil an egg with hand sanitizer as he recounted their adventure during a performance on Good Morning Britain last month.
Describing how they got creative amid the harsh weather, he said, ‘Hand sanitizer has become a thing in all of our lives, hasn’t it? But so much of survival is about being resourceful and improvising.
“So while we were there we had some eggs, but it was pouring with rain, there was no chance of fire.
“So we wrapped it in a tissue, some hand sanitizer, lit it, and it cooked the boiled egg.”
Host Adhil Ray quickly added: ‘Kids at home, don’t try to boil an egg like that, please!’
Bear, real name Edward Michael Grylls, the sportswoman’s addition: ‘But [Nicola] was amazing, she is a true champion inside and out. We had some grim weather on Dartmoor over the winter for this adventure.
“We had the Johnny Wilkinson beforehand, but Nicola Adams is definitely a special one, and what a hero she is.”
Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure, airs Friday at 9.30pm on ITV and is available on the ITV Hub.
Improvise: Bear recently shared how the duo were forced to boil an egg with hand sanitizer as he recounted their adventure during a performance on Good Morning Britain last month