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Zoe Delaney

Strictly's Ola and James Jordan hit back at critics of divisive parenting decision

Former Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan have hit back at parent-shamers.

The two dancers have revealed critics have told them "it's wrong" for them to be sharing a bed with their three-year-old daughter Ella, who they welcomed into the world in February 2020.

James admits "so many people" have questioned their decision to co-sleep with their first born but he and Ola are determined to do what's right for them and Ella.

Ola added how "no one knows what they're doing" when it comes to parenting and echoes her husband's sentiments.

"So many people have questioned us about the fact we let Ella sleep in our bed, that was always the biggest thing and people said how wrong it is," James explains in the couple's latest interview.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professionals have defended sharing a bed with their daughter (Ola Jordan/Instagram)
Ola says Ella sleeps better when she's in bed with herself and James (Instagram/olajordan)

Ola continued: "You can never read the right book - you just deal with it and ask questions. No one is the same. We don’t really know what we’re doing, but no one does. Everyone has their opinions."

After confirmed Ella sleeps better when sharing a bed with her parents, Ola added to The Sun : "You have to do what is right for you. Whether she sleeps with you or whether she doesn’t. It’s about doing what is right for you."

Last year Ola, 39, shared how she hopes to have more children in the future after turning to IVF to help welcome Ella into the world three years ago.

"I would love to have more children if it happens naturally, if it doesn't I will go for another IVF, yes," the dancer explained on GB News in September.

Ola would like Ella to have a sibling (Instagram)

She continued to recall how hard it was to experience fertility issues before conceiving Ella and mused how IVF is still quite a taboo subject for many.

"It's really hard because you don't know who to turn to. Most of my friends used to get pregnant so easily," Ola remembered.

"I didn't understand why I wasn't getting pregnant. I was healthy, fit, I was a professional dancer. It's very hard and it's very hard to turn to someone because everyone was getting pregnant around me.

"But then when I went through IVF and I announced that I was going through IVF suddenly I found all those women coming up to me and going 'I did IVF', so suddenly there were a lot of women that I could talk to.

"It's still a subject that people don't want to talk about, unfortunately."

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