Dancing On Ice star Ricky Hatton reveals warning his children gave after signing up to skate on the ITV show following his battle with depression and addiction

Ricky Hatton will make his debut alongside 11 other celebs in the brand new series of Dancing On Ice on Sunday.

The boxer, 45, who was announced would be partnered with pro Robin Johnstone, has revealed the extra pressure he would be when taking to the rink thanks to his two children. 

Saying: ‘My kids Millie and Fearne, they went, ‘Oh my God, Dad. Don’t go embarrassing us’. That fills you with confidence, doesn’t it’. 

Ricky, who also shares son Campbell with ex-partner Jennifer Dooley, opened up about his battle with depression and addiction which would have previously stopped him skating in the series. 

‘A few years ago I wasn’t in a very good place. But since then everything’s moving forward and positive in my life’.

Ricky Hatton, 45, will make his debut alongside 11 other celebs in the brand new series of Dancing On Ice on Sunday

The boxer, who was announced would be partnered with pro Robin Johnstone , recently revealed the extra pressure he would be when taking to the rink thanks to his two children Millie and Fearne (pictured)

The boxer, who was announced would be partnered with pro Robin Johnstone , recently revealed the extra pressure he would be when taking to the rink thanks to his two children Millie and Fearne (pictured)

‘I’d have said no in the past. When it came forward this time, I jumped at the chance and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Ricky went on: ‘When people see me doing positive things like this, because I’m an ambassador for mental health, it’s inspiring a lot of people’.

He cheekily said of his chances in the competition: ‘I don’t think I’m in a position to win it but I think I’m in a good position that a lot of people will get a lot of laughs.

Ricky- who in 2010 confessed to a year-long addiction to cocaine – has been to rehab to deal with depression and kick alcohol and drug problems. 

In a recent Sky Documentary his he spoke candidly about his mental health as well as his  ‘depression, addiction and shame’ that followed his defeats by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

The film also revealed how Ricky’s estrangement from his family for nearly a decade and how the split from his coach pushed him to his absolute rock bottom and an attempted suicide.

It comes after Ricky reportedly split from his Playboy model girlfriend Chelsea Claire, 33.

He went public with their romance in October last year after sharing several loved-up photos of themselves on Instagram. 

Saying: 'My kids Millie and Fearne, they went, 'Oh my God, Dad. Don't go embarrassing us'. That fills you with confidence, doesn't it' (pictured with pro partner  Robin Johnstone)

Saying: ‘My kids Millie and Fearne, they went, ‘Oh my God, Dad. Don’t go embarrassing us’. That fills you with confidence, doesn’t it’ (pictured with pro partner  Robin Johnstone)

Ricky, who also shares son Campbell with ex-partner Jennifer Dooley, later opened up about his battle with depression and addiction which would have previously stopped him skating in the series

Ricky, who also shares son Campbell with ex-partner Jennifer Dooley, later opened up about his battle with depression and addiction which would have previously stopped him skating in the series 

The Hitman is lauded as one of the most beloved and popular British boxers of all time,

Ricky- who in 2010 confessed to a year-long addiction to cocaine – has been to rehab to deal with depression and kick alcohol and drug problems 

An insider told The Sun: ‘Ricky and Chelsea had a great time together, but it ended up being more of a fling.

‘They are at very different stages of their life and Ricky is really throwing himself into training and wants to concentrate on that.

‘Things are still really amicable and they will be friends going forward.’

A representative for Ricky declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. MailOnline has reached out to Chelsea for comment.

The couple enjoyed a trip to sunny Tenerife in August last year but were said to be ‘taking things slow’, and went Instagram official in October.

Chelsea works as a model for Playboy and regularly shares saucy snaps on social media.

Ricky previously sparked romance rumours with another Playboy model, Carla Howe, a few years ago.

It comes after Ricky reportedly split from his Playboy model girlfriend Chelsea Claire, 33  (pictured last year)

It comes after Ricky reportedly split from his Playboy model girlfriend Chelsea Claire, 33  (pictured last year)

They went public with their romance in October last year after sharing several loved-up photos of themselves on Instagram

They went public with their romance in October last year after sharing several loved-up photos of themselves on Instagram

In 2022, Ricky went public with his new beauty therapist girlfriend Angela Blemmings as the couple enjoyed a romantic getaway in Dublin.

The former boxer took to Instagram to share a slew of loved-up snaps with his new partner, who owns EyeCandy beauty salon in Stalybridge.

The pair appeared in high spirits as they consumed several pints of Guinness, while trying out a few pubs in the area.

Angela went Instagram official with Ricky on June 30, 2022 when she shared a cosy selfie of the two of them and captioned it: ‘Lovely afternoon with the best company.’

Ricky split from his ex-girlfriend Marie Pollard in May 2022, less than a year after getting back together.

The former world champ first dated glam Marie back in 2017 but the pair decided to give things a go again in 2022.

At the time, a rep for Ricky said: ‘The split was amicable, they keep in touch and remain as friends.’

DANCING ON ICE: MEET THE 2024 CONTESTANTS

RICKY HATTON

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: Former pro boxer

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink’

HANNAH SPEARRITT

AGE: 42

PROFESSION: SINGER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m really excited about learning a new skill. It’s so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing’

GREG RUTHERFORD 

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Athlete 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that’s never been done before, that’s my aim.’

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

AGE: 59

PROFESSION: OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!’

RICKY NORWOOD

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: EastEnders star 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘It’s come at such a great time in life. I can’t skate at all! No rehearsals as yet, I’ve just had some physiotherapy to strengthen the body.’

RYAN THOMAS

AGE: 39

PROFESSION: Corrie star

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Everyone keeps asking me, “are you doing it?” I’ve told everyone!’ 

CLAIRE SWEENEY

AGE: 52

PROFESSION: ACTRESS

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.’

AMBER DAVIES

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: WEST END STAR

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I would definitely say that I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them’

MILES NAZAIRE

 AGE: 27

PROFESSION: REALITY STAR 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing on Ice looks so difficult.’

 LOU SANDERS

AGE: 37

PROFESSION: COMEDIAN

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.’

ADELE ROBERTS 

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: RADIO PRESENTER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘It’s ”bricking it on ice” for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away’

ROXY SHAHIDI

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: Emmerdale star 

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I can’t ice-skate. I haven’t really said anything to anyone but mainly because I’m so nervous about it!’

 

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