Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas reveals she ‘almost QUIT judging panel after just one season as show invaded her private life but her doting mother convinced her to keep going’
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Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas almost quit her role of head judge after just one season due to the ‘stress of overnight fame’, according to reports.
The star, 61, replaced Len Goodman in 2017 however nearly left the coveted position one year later, explaining: ‘The mainstream fame which is handed to you by shows like Strictly has been quite hard to deal with,’ The Sun reports.
However after talking to her beloved mother Audrey, 84, she ‘eventually decided it would be OK to do it again.’
Difficult decision: Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, 61, almost quit her role of head judge after just one season due to the ‘stress of overnight fame’, according to reports
According to the paper, Shirley explained: ‘You have to be resilient when people start writing or saying unkind things about you.
‘When the producers asked me back for a second go, I asked my mother if she thought it was a good idea. It is invasive on your private life.’
Shirley also revealed she wanted to take the role in a bid to take a stand against bullying in the industry.
‘To change that is what drove me to go for the job,’ the star explained.
Advice from mum: However after talking to her beloved mother Audrey, 84 (pictured) she ‘eventually decided it would be OK to do it again’
It comes after Shirley revealed that it’s ‘still important’ for her to feel sexy – and that Horlicks and sex is her preferred ritual at bedtime.
Shirley, who is currently dating actor Danny Taylor, 49, described her ideal night-time set up to The Sun.
‘I’d want Horlicks AND sex. Lots of Horlicks and sex – or a bit of Horlicks and a lot of sex. My Danny just left this morning, we had a marvellous weekend together. There was lots of Horlicks. It was beautiful,’ she divulged.
Cheeky! Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley revealed ‘lots of Horlicks and sex’ is her ideal bedtime ritual
And Shirley admitted that as a result of ‘rather liking her legs’, she won’t hesitate to wear some short dresses this year.
Shirley insisted she likes to stay ‘age-appropriate’ and won’t adopt a ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ style.
‘I’m not lamb any more, but I’ve still got plenty of sauce. Look at Amanda Holden. She looks amazing at 50. But I’m 61 and, trust me, those ten or 11 years make a huge difference,’ she said.
Loved up: Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge also believes she hasn’t lost her sensual side (pictured with beau Danny Taylor)
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