John Fashanu treating the ice 'like his wife'

John Fashanu is skating with Alexandra Schauman credit:Bang Showbiz
John Fashanu is skating with Alexandra Schauman credit:Bang Showbiz

John Fashanu has been treating the ice like his "wife" while training for 'Dancing On Ice'.

The 60-year-old former footballer explained his professional partner Alexandra Schauman had given him some valuable advice to help him remember to be "gentle" on the rink, but the three-times married star joked his former spouses would see his antics differently.

He said: “Alex, my coach, she said something which has stayed with me all the time, ‘Treat the ice like you would treat your wife’, meaning softly, gently, be patient.

“So now when I go down I don’t act like I am in a tantrum – I just go down with a bit of composure and get up gently.

“My wife doesn’t agree – that’s why she left me.”

John is the oldest contestant on the show but insisted he's the picture of good health and relishing the challenge of trying something "completely new".

He told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “There is no other sport which is like this, this is a new thing completely.”

“They were stringent [with the medical checks]. They had to check that we were OK, and as a footballer I’m used to all these checks. Thank goodness there’s nothing wrong with me at all.”

The former 'Gladiators' host was among the first contestants to be announced for the show, and when his name was revealed in October, he admitted he found the idea of competing "scary", but he was in it to win it.

He said: “I'm so excited to be a part of 'Dancing on Ice'.

"I don't think it'll come as a surprise to people that I'm very competitive - I am definitely in it to win it. And this may be one of the scariest things I've ever signed up for but I couldn't be more ready for the challenge!"