Strictly’s Shirley Ballas, 63, reveals she has no plans to marry boyfriend Danny Taylor,


Strictly’s Shirley Ballas, 63, reveals she has no plans to marry boyfriend Danny Taylor, 50: ‘We have an unconventional relationship’

Shirley Ballas has no plans to marry her boyfriend Danny Taylor, 50, after admitting that she prefers an ‘unconventional’ relationship.

The TV judge, 63, who has been dating her beau for five years, revealed that despite it nearly happening last year, ‘he didn’t seem ready’ and she ‘didn’t get a good feeling’ about it.

The pair – who have a 13 year age difference – met at pantomime rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk in 2018 and have been inseparable ever since. 

She told The Sun that the pair are both very busy and despite having not seen Danny since August when she took part in her week-long Skyathlon challenge to raise money for charity, she’s happy.

Shirley said: ‘We have a unique, unconventional relationship. It’s built on trust.

Loved up: Shirley Ballas, 63, who has been dating her boyfriend Danny Taylor, 50, says she has no plans to marry him as the pair have an 'unconventional relationship'

Loved up: Shirley Ballas, 63, who has been dating her boyfriend Danny Taylor, 50, says she has no plans to marry him as the pair have an ‘unconventional relationship’

Pleased: The Strictly Come Dancing head judge said that even though the pair don't see each other all the time, it works and she is happy with the way things are

Pleased: The Strictly Come Dancing head judge said that even though the pair don’t see each other all the time, it works and she is happy with the way things are

‘I don’t want anybody else and, as far as I know, he doesn’t want anybody else and we talk most days on FaceTime. It is what it is, and I’m happy with the way it is.’

The pro dancer then added how she likes to spend her time saying: ‘I rather like the dark drinking chocolate, with a bit of trot, trot, trot! I’m 63, but not dead.’

And despite this years Strictly being the oldest ever cast, Shirley revealed she had a confidence surge after being inspired by Angela Rippon’s age-defying dance.

The 78-year-old, stunned viewers last week with a high kick that went over her head, resulting in some labelling her a sex symbol.

Shirley admitted that Angela’s impressive moves first made her feel ‘fantastic’, then ‘jealous’ and finally inspired to wear short dresses and show a bit of her own leg.

Earlier this month, Shirley said she found her sparkle again after she underwent a non-surgical facelift.

The TV star said she had grown alarmed by some of the visabile signs of ageing, including a loss of elasticity in the skin, which had affected her confidence.

After the procedure Shirley said it had really helped her feel better in herself to appear on prime time TV.

Success: Angela Rippon has admitted she is 'enormously flattered' at the idea of being a sex symbol at the age of 78

Success: Angela Rippon has admitted she is ‘enormously flattered’ at the idea of being a sex symbol at the age of 78

Impressive: At the age of 78, her age defying dance has inspired Shirley to wear some short dresses and show off a bit of leg

Impressive: At the age of 78, her age defying dance has inspired Shirley to wear some short dresses and show off a bit of leg

Professionals: Shirley is back on BBC One every weekend alongside (pictured L-R) Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke judging on Strictly Come Dancing

Professionals: Shirley is back on BBC One every weekend alongside (pictured L-R) Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke judging on Strictly Come Dancing

Shirley however, shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Her son Mark – who is a pro dancer and won the US version of Strictly last year — is expecting a baby with wife next month, so Shirley will take on the role of  ‘Glam-ma’ as she fondly calls it.

She also coaches in between filming and is due to release her first novel next month, a steamy page turner, titled Murder On The Dance Floor.

Not only that but she is hoping to be called up for the next series of Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after calling herself ‘a bit oof a daredevil.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One 

Strictly 2023: Week Two Leaderboard

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin – Quickstep to Puttin’ on the Ritz by Gregory Porter – 36 points out of 40

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to One by Gloria Estefan – 32 points out of 40

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola – Foxtrot to Perfect by Fairground Attraction – 31 points out of 40

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington – Foxtrot to You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra – 31 points out of 40

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell – Charleston to Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx – 29 points out of 40

Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu – Jive to Trouble by Shampoo – 29 points out of 40

Nigel Harman and Katya Jones – Viennese Waltz to Until I Found You by Stephen Sanchez – 27 points out of 40

Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk – Tango to Somebody Told Me by Maneskin – 23 points out of 40

Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima – Quickstep to Anyone For You by George Ezra – 23 points out of 40

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – Quickstep to Walking on Sunshine by Katrina And The Waves – 22 points out of 40

Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer – Cha-cha to Rie y Llora by Celia Cruz – 21 points out of 40

Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley – Foxtrot to Love Really Hurts Without You by Billy Ocean – 20 points out of 40

Nikita Kanda and Gorka Márquez – Charleston to Single Ladies by Beyoncé – 18 points out of 40

Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał – Paso Doble to Thunderstruck by AC/DC – 16 points out of 40

Les Dennis and Nancy XuSamba to Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation – 15 points out of 40



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