Craig Revel Horwood 'had a crisis 'over how he would pay the bills

EXCLUSIVE ‘I had a crisis over how I’d pay my bills’: Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood reveals lockdown caused him ‘panic and anxiety’ over maintaining his two £1m mansions

  • Craig is estimated to make £180,000 from theatre work 
  • But with the performing arts sector closed for the foreseeable future, the star, 55, admitted he was worried how he would pay the bills
  • The Strictly judge owns two £1million homes- one a country estate with swimming pool 

Craig Revel Horwood has revealed he had a crisis at the start of lockdown, worrying how he would be able to pay the bills for his two £1million mansions. 

With Covid wreaking havoc in the performing arts sector, the television personality, 55, had to take five months off work, but is now gearing up for the upcoming series of Strictly. 

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Craig revealed he was filled with ‘panic and anxiety’ for a month about how he could afford to keep up with his affluent lifestyle. 

Meltdown: Craig Revel Horwood has revealed he had a crisis at the start of lockdown, worrying how he would be able to pay the bills (pictured in May)

The TV star is estimated to make £110,000 per Strictly series and £180,000 from theatre work, including panto, and has two £1million homes, one of which is a country estate in Hampshire with swimming pool. 

But with theatre having to close their doors over summer and for the foreseeable future, Craig said: ‘I had a crisis at the start of lockdown thinking: How am I going to pay my bills? 

‘It took me a good month to accept that this is reality and then it took me another month of panic and anxiety and just wondering how I am going to pay the bills and what is going to happen. It was just awful.

‘I had to remind myself there are millions of people in the same boat and we all have to adapt and get on with it. 

Millionaire lifestyle: Craig’s country Hampshire estate would certainly cost a pretty penny to upkeep with it’s perfectly mown lawns, acres of land and swimming pool

Wedding bells: Craig also discussed his wedding plans. Gardener Jonathan Myrin, 35, proposed to the dancer in April during a trip to a national park in Tazmania

Wow: The TV is estimated to make £110,000 per Strictly series and £180,000 from theatre work, and has two £1million homes, one of which is a country estate in Hampshire

‘It’s been a good time to look at myself, it has been a good time to write and to get on with it. And actually achieve things I have had on a list of things to do for a couple of years.’

Craig also discussed his wedding plans. Gardener Jonathan Myrin, 35, proposed to the dancer in April during a trip to a national park in Tazmania. 

He said: ‘I am taking the chance to plan the wedding, We are having to improvise a lot more than we are used to but I am forging on. 

Tough: With Covid wreaking havoc in the performing arts sector, the television personality, 55, had to take five months off work, causing a massive slump in his incomings

In love: He said: ‘I am taking the chance to plan the wedding, We are having to improvise a lot more than we are used to but I am forging on’ 

‘We want to have it at home. A ceremony in the forest. It is such a beautiful position around here. It will be in about two years.’

He added: ‘It is a good time to plan a wedding – even if it will be in about two years. And there is a lot! As anyone will know to wedding planning.’

And Craig said he is determined to be a ‘better husband’ to Jonathan than what he was to his ex-wife Jane. 

The TV star married Jane aged 25 in 1990 but called it quits two years later. 

He told The Mirror: ‘Things are definitely different this time.

‘I could never really see myself remarrying, but this feels right. It feels like the right time, and I fancy sharing my life, and the rest of my life, with Jonathan.’ 

Speaking about the new series of Strictly, Craig told MailOnline: ‘Strictly is going ahead which is really nice. It does make you feel Christmassy. 

‘It is a bit later than it usually is but people will be ready for it. People really want it. 

‘I think it is a good thing that the BBC have decided to go ahead and do it and have precautions in place.’ 

Dances & Dreams on Diamond Street by Craig Revel Horowood is published 1st October by Michael O’Mara Books (hardback, £14.99) 

Bring it on! Speaking about the new series of Strictly Craig told MailOnline: ‘Strictly is going ahead which is really nice. It does make you feel Christmassy’

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