I feel like I am in a boyband, says Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis has revealed that life since winning the Olympic heptathlon has been a series of weird experiences.
"It's a lot different, a lot different to the way it was before the Games," the Guardian quoted her as saying.
Only the other day, a bunch of schoolchildren wanted to hug her.
"I was like: 'Why do they want to hug me?'" she said.
Touring the country to promote her autobiography, she has been greeted by queues of people, long lines snaking beyond the warmth of the bookshops and out into the freezing cold, all patiently waiting to meet athletics' answer to the people's princess.
"I've never experienced anything like that before, meeting that amount of people. I just find it weird that people get really excited to meet me," she said, reeling off a list of examples of gifts she has been presented with.
The strangest thing, though, which she says she still can't quite get her head around, are the girls who cry at the sight of her.
"Yeah, properly crying! I felt like I was [in] a boyband. I said: 'Why are you crying?' And they couldn't even talk. Then I felt like I was going to cry. I was like: 'Oh, you're not sad, are you?'" she added.
In the streets, at the shops, they call her name, loudly, quietly; some are discreet, some are excited. But everyone wants to have a look, or take a picture, or get an autograph.
"The little kids call me 'JessicaEnnis'," she said, jamming first and second name tightly together in the way that kids at school like to do.
"It's always: 'JessicaEnnisJessicaEnnis!'
"But a lot of people, especially at home in Sheffield, they feel like they really know me so a lot of people just call me 'Jess'. That's quite nice," she said.