By Caitlin Elliott published
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 stars Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have shared a touching update on life since leaving the show, confirming that their bond is continuing to strengthen despite no longer being dance partners—so much so, that they're even living together.
Both Amy and McFly frontman Tom, who were the eighth couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing this year and narrowly missed out on the Strictly final, both took to Instagram this week to share details of Amy's recent hospital dash.
The Welsh pro dancer lives with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's, and was taken into hospital last week when she suffered a flare up.
After receiving what she has hailed as "unbelievable" care from the NHS, Amy was taken in by Tom and his wife Giovanna to be looked after in their family home.
Sharing a series of lovely images taken with the Fletcher family in her hour of need, Amy penned, "Thanks for the all messages over the weekend. Unfortunately, I was missing from the show as I had an unexpected Crohn’s flare up and hospital admission in which I received unbelievable care. I’m recovering very well and certainly being well looked after and look forward to returning to the dance floor.
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"To the Fletchers who made sure I had everything and more at the hospital, have brought me back to theirs where the whole family are giving me all the love, care, burnt toast (Tom), unlimited supply of @mrsgifletcher clothes along with @tomfletcher sock choice😜 you could possibly need, lots of drawings and pretend injections from my new doctors Buzz, Buddy and Max," she continued, before adding, "Thank you, they really were sent to me 💖💖."
Meanwhile, Tom penned his own special tribute to his new-found friend and temporary housemate Amy, applauding her for her strength throughout the health scare.
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Uploading a selfie of Amy taken from her hospital bed, Tom wrote, "Let it be known that @amy_dowden is one of the strongest people I’ve EVER met! Having watched her documentary about living with Crohn’s before we were partnered together, I had an insight into what she has to live with but, without going into detail, being with her during a Crohn’s flare up this weekend was a pretty scary experience to say the least!"
Tom revealed that he and fellow Strictly 2021 star Sara Davies, who is best known for her role on Dragon's Den, were there to aid Amy when she first fell ill.
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"So glad @saradaviescc and I were with her to do what we could until the ambulance arrived (although Amy doesn’t even remember Sara donating her extra pair of trousers or me heroically carrying her into the ambulance in my crocs 💪🤦♂️)," he added.
"She’s home with us now and back to chatting non-stop and drinking her way through our supply of teabags, so I think she’s on the mend. Rest assured, the Fletchers are taking care of her."
Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).
After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019.
Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.
When she's not working you'll find Caitlin sipping bubbles at brunch with her besties, thinking about her next iced coffee, trying to close the rings on her Apple Watch, scrubbing up on her royal family knowledge or scrolling through the Zara app, trying to resist tapping 'check out' again.
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