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Shirley Ballas: ‘It was an issue for me’ Strictly judge speaks out on boyfriend Danny

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, 59, has been courting her pantomime co-star Daniel Taylor, 47, since February. They have since posed for a sequence of loved-up snaps and have gushed about one another in interviews.

Despite the pair seeming to be in love, Shirley admitted the pair have been nervous about their relationship working at first resulting from their 12-year age-gap.

In a candid interview, the mother-of-one started by admitting feedback about her being older than her beau used to trouble her.

She mentioned: “It makes me cross when he is described as a toy boy.

“He is a 47-year-old grown man who could make his personal selections. He isn’t 18.

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“You can have a person who’s 25 years older than his girlfriend and nobody says something.”

She added to Saga journal: “When I first acquired along with Danny it was an issue for me, and we sat for many hours speaking about it.

“I don’t need to go right into a relationship that may’t go anyplace. I don’t need his son, aged eight, to get to know somebody who’s right here right now and gone tomorrow.”

The pair first set eyes on one another after they each starred within the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk final yr.

“I met him at a difficult time in his life and we became friends first. We did not get together until February as a couple.”

Shirley has been married twice in her lifetime; first to Sammy Stopford adopted by Corky Ballas, who she shares 33-year-old son Mark Ballas with.

Back in October, Shirley praised her beau for supporting her after she had her breast implants eliminated.

The Rumba queen had her implants eliminated after most cancers scares in her household.

Following her surgical procedure, she took to Instagram to thank her household, buddies and followers for their assist.

She wrote: “So many playing cards and exquisite flowers and candles. Thank you for all of the nicely needs it means a lot to me.

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