Married at First Sight viewers have been floored after learning what Amy Christophers used to do for a job.
Amy, 34, from Cornwall, is looking for love in the controversial hit E4 reality show.
The beauty used to be a glamour model but then had a huge career change to become a qualified sports journalist.
But she did another job to help her on her way to becoming journalist – and she admitted it surprised many.
“I’m a qualified referee,” Amy said.
“Most guys can’t handle the fact that I am really into football and I probably know more about football than they do. Being a qualified ref has its good points – I can just get out the credentials and tell them they don’t know what they are talking about when I wear the referee’s kit. Most boys think I’m in fancy dress.
“I mainly did my refereeing qualification to help alongside my journalism, but then being from a background of glamour modelling, I knew I was going to get a lot of stick from the guys. So I could pull out the red card and say ‘oi no, I know what I am talking about!’”
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She added: “I was in my family’s football club’s committee meeting held in the very glamorous kitchen of the football club and the subject of the refereeing course came up. There was a bit of banter that I should sign up and do it, and I thought, ‘yeah why not, actually!’ So I signed up and qualified and thought I’m doing it to prove a point to my family & friends of the football club.
“I was also studying to become a journalist so I thought the insight from a ref’s point of view would not only help with my writing but also presenting. And yes, being a ref has majorly helped with the trolls I get on Twitter for being a former glamour model.”
Amy also founded her own charity called Kick Start which sends football kits to ‘Africa and beyond’.
She said: “I used to only tune into the races for the Grand National growing up, and Ascot for the fashion. Then when I was starting my career an opportunity came up to work on a horse racing programme. I grabbed it by the reins, I didn’t really know too much about racing or betting at the time but it was always something I wanted to learn about, a week in I was hooked!
“My favourite meeting is definitely The Cheltenham Festival. It’s like Christmas for a racing fan!”
“I don’t necessarily have a favourite horse, but the most sentimental one is definitely Many Clouds. He was the first horse I had to talk about in my racing job and went on to win the Grand National.”
“I love my job as a presenter for Racing TV’s #Raceday, where my role is to take people behind the scenes at major racecourses, getting them closer to the action. I’m aiming to bring a new audience to the sport by covering all the essentials of a day out live on social media; the fashion, the entertainment and of course the best bets. For me, nothing beats the excitement of a day at the races!”