Nadine Coyle's ex-partner has thanked the Derry singer for the support she gave him during his time on Strictly Come Dancing.
Former American footballer Jason Bell (42) has a six-year-old daughter, Anaiya, with the Girls Aloud star (35).
He said on ITV's Lorraine Show yesterday that her dancing knowledge from her "day job" as a performer greatly helped him during the show.
"She's got the moves, she knows exactly how to get through these routines," he said.
"She's always been in my corner. Her support has been so special during this time."
The pair started dating in 2008 after meeting in the US, but called in quits in September last year.
Bell said he was delighted their daughter was able to watch his performances each week.
"That's what it's all about. Just listening to her comment on the dances after it's over," he said.
"I love her with all my heart and I'm really trying to impress her every time I'm out there."
The couple were living together in California in 2014 when Anaiya was born.
This week, Bell and dance partner Luba Mushtuk have been rehearsing the paso doble to the Star Wars theme tune for Strictly's movie week.
The NFL pundit told presenter Lorraine Kelly that all the credit has to be given to Mushtuk.
"It's because of her compassion," he said. "She cares about our performance and working hard to make sure I know exactly what I'm doing.
"Every time we're on the dance floor, it's an unbeliev- able experience.
"This is what makes it so special. Every day I'm learning a new skill and I'm going out there and facing my fears and trying to do my best."