JJ opened up about his experiences to presenter Zoe Ball on It Takes Two, appearing alongside Amy and reflecting on his time on the programme.
‘It’s an absolute rollercoaster of emotions,’ he said about his exit. ‘I’ve achieved more than I’ve ever felt. No-one can ever take that away from me.’
JJ served as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan before being injured by a bomb blast in 2011. During an emotional appearance on the programme, he also said that learning to dance has helped him with his disability.
JJ and Amy performed the Charleston during their final appearance on the show (Picture: PA)
He added: ‘I came in with zero dance experience. To think about my disability, there are certain things where I’m below zero, basically. With [the Charleston] I pushed myself to my physical limit.
‘So that means that I can go: “You’ve done as well as you can.” That’s when you learn something about yourself and that’s when you learn something about the world.’
He said: ‘This is the fittest I’ve ever been in this body – since my surgery six years ago. That is thanks to dance. It’s the best all-round workout. It’s better than rehab.’
‘Forget the Glitterball Trophy, that is everything to me,’ Amy told Zoe, speaking about her experience working with JJ.
‘Honestly everyday JJ inspired me and pushed me to be a better person,’ she added.
It comes after Amy’s heartfelt tribute to JJ on Sunday’s Strictly, struggling to hold back the tears as she said: ‘It has been an absolute honour to be your partner and most importantly friend, throughout your Strictly experience.
‘He is, and everybody would agree, one of the world’s most truest gentlemen. I honestly believe from working with JJ over the last few months I’ve become a better person and I’ve learned so much.’
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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