The former rugby player, 36, and the ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional locked horns when Ben suggested that Brendan snubbed the WhatsApp group which was set up for the 2022 celebrities of Dancing On Ice.
The pair are set to show off their ice-skating skills in a stellar lineup which also includes Love Island ’s Liberty Poole and S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens.
Ben and Brendan have got off on the wrong foot, and are reportedly embroiled in a feud weeks before the cameras have even started rolling for the dance competition.
Lifting the lid on the behind-the-scenes drama, an insider told The Sun that Ben and Brendan appeared to clash immediately as the former rugby player kicked off the WhatsApp group chat.
The source revealed: “Ben messaged everyone privately on Instagram and said ‘if you want to join a chat, send me your number.’
“So, whoever hasn’t joined obviously hasn’t given their number. So, Ben called him out I think.”
It’s not the first time former Strictly pro Brendan has found himself in a bitter feud with other stars.
The 45-year-old star famously had a long-running falling out with Strictly nemesis Craig Revel Horwood.
The pair didn’t speak for a long time, but they are now in the process of rebuilding their relationship.
Brendan, who was a professional dancer on the BBC One show for over 14 years recently told Loose Women that Craig loves to play up to the drama surrounding their feud.
“I went to his house maybe a year-and-a-half ago for lunch.
“We always got on well. He likes to push the fact that we don’t like each other, but I’m not going to say that because I love him.”
Elsewhere, ahead of his Dancing On Ice debut, Ben recently admitted that his part in the iconic ITV show will be one of his career highlights.
“I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 (years old) and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background,” he shared.
“I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at.”
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