Strictly’s Shirley Ballas: The judge announces she ‘will not be getting married again’

If you wanted 2024 to be the year of love and romance, think again. Shirley Ballas has made a surprising confession about her love life!

Strictly's Shirley Ballas will not get married again
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Strictly's Shirley Ballas will not get married again

The Sun and Mirror have reported that Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas made an announcement about her love life. The woman who is no stranger to marriages has decided to change gears.

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She made the revelation on Alan Carr’s podcast Life’s a Beach released on Monday 8 January. She had previously spoken about her colourful love life in her autobiography Behind the Sequin and in interviews. Let’s have a look at what Ballas has said and at how her past frivolous love life has impacted her decision.

Shirley Ballas has ‘made her decision’

This is not the first but second time that Shirley Ballas has cancelled her wedding to partner Danny Taylor. The two met in 2018 while, according to Daily Mail, in ‘pantomime rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk’. The two got engaged for the first time in 2021.

Then last year, Ballas announced that she ‘changed her mind’. However, at the time, Ballas did reassure people about the state of her relationship:

[The relationship is] going good – I’m busy, he’s busy and we talk to each other every day – several times a day, and my mum talks to him as well.

Now, as the new year begins it seems like their engagement is off once again. Speaking on Alan Carr’s podcast she said:

Two marriages, an engagement, two long-term relationships later and I will not be getting married again.
I’ve made the decision

However, it wasn’t announced that the couple has split.

The reason why Shirley Ballas won’t be marrying again

Shirley Ballas has been married twice before. Her first marriage lasted only four years between 1980 and 1984. Her husband was ballroom dancer Sammy Stopford. Then, just a year after her first divorce she married dancer Corky Ballas. The couple divorced in 2007.

In an interview on Lorraine, Ballas hinted at the fact that getting married again would be difficult for her as she was still scarred from her previous unions. In her autobiography Behind the Sequin published in 2020, she revealed that both marriages were difficult.

She said her first go her feeling ‘so alone and isolated’ while the she was ‘fat shamed’ while pregnant in her second marriage.

It is getting better as I am getting older but some of the scars from when I was married and from throughout my life will stay with me for a very long time.

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