Strictly Come Dancing star Nicola Adams says it’s been great to "push the boundaries" as the show’s first same-sex couple.
The Olympian, who is partnered with Katya Jones, hit back at critics who have trolled her over the pairing while appearing on The Graham Norton Show, which airs Friday night.
Nicola said: "It is really good to have that kind of diversity on TV.
"I didn’t think it would be such a big deal, but I guess it is for some people.
"You always have to push the boundaries and show it is just two girls dancing, and that the world didn’t end."
The boxer also revealed she has had many offers to take part before but stood firm on her demands to dance with a woman.
She added: "I’ve been asked every year, but I always had training commitments, and this is the first time I didn’t.
"I only had two conditions – I wanted to dance with another woman, and I wasn’t going to wear a dress."
Nicola added of Katya: "She matches my energy and she works hard."
She continued: "I have to ask if I want a break or some food – it’s worse than having a boxing coach!"
Nicola, 38, made history books after she became the first person to appear on the ballroom dancing competition as part of a same-sex coupling.
Professional dancer Katya Jones was selected to team up with Nicola as they compete in the hope of lifting the famous glitterball.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Katya and the boxer had to form a bubble in order to comply with government rules and to continue on the BBC favourite.
The close-knit bond led to early introductions between Katya and Nicole's girlfriend Ella, with Nicola wanting it to be a comfortable working environment for all.
Trying to avoid any tension, especially because the show is renowned for its dreaded "curse", it was reported that Nicola wanted a meeting early on.
A source revealed to The Sun: "Nicola wants Ella to be as happy as possible so a cosy meeting with Katya will smooth out any awkwardness.
"Nicola is confident in the relationship."