Dance star Dell'Olio 'scares men off'
Published 26/09/2011 | 05:00
'Strictly Come Dancing' star Nancy Dell'Olio says she scares men off -- because she is so popular.
The Italian businesswoman believes her position in the public eye is too much for her suitors.
In an interview with 'Hello!' magazine, she also confirms she has put her relationship with theatre director Trevor Nunn on hold.
Dell'Olio will be slipping into a sparkling, figure-hugging gown later this week for her first live dance in the BBC1 ballroom contest.
But she reckons her high profile takes its toll on her relationships.
"I've had a few situations where men got scared of this, but this is my life," she said.
"My previous partner, he couldn't cope with my popularity. Men sometimes find it difficult to cope with a woman who is the centre of attention."
Dell'Olio rose to prominence as the girlfriend of former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, and earlier this year spent time with Nunn. But she said they have decided to cool things down.
"Trevor was busy doing 'The Tempest' and I was busy with different things, so we decided that we needed a bit of time to think about it.
"The problem was that we were in the public eye too much, which was not our decision, and it was running too fast," she added.
The dark-haired lawyer has no worries about the unforgiving outfits she will have to wear on 'Strictly'.
"I am quite confident about my body. I am much more confident than I was 10 or 20 years ago," she said.
"There has to be a reason why I've been the centre of attention for the past 10 years," she added.
"People probably find something very fascinating or interesting about me."