Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed her 84-year-old mum Audrey Rich is moving into the home she shares with boyfriend Danny Taylor.
Shirley, 61, is thrilled to welcome her beloved mum into the home she shares with Taylor, 48, and says she is not worried about what her boyfriend of three years will think.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Shirley revealed: "My mother was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago, which is under control. But she just informed me, ‘I think I’m ready to move in with you, darling … I’ve had enough of this housework.'
“She’s been such a huge part of my life. I couldn’t think of anything more exciting.”
The ballroom expert then revealed she wasn’t too concerned with the effects the move could have on her relationship with her toy-boy other half Danny, because it’s “not about what he thinks”.
Speaking of her mum, Shirley said: "She said, ‘I’m a bit worried about what Danny will think?’
“I said, ‘Well I love him dearly but it’s not about what he thinks, it’s about what you want.' I’m honoured she chose not to go into a facility and has chosen to live with me.”
Shirley and actor Danny met when doing panto together in 2018.
Eager to waltz her mother into her home as soon as possible, Shirley revealed that the move is already underway: “We are boxing her up, my house looks like a shop.
"I’ve got more ornaments… every shoe has a story, every piece of clothing has a story.
Although Shirley is prepared to help her mother with anything she may need, she insists that Audrey is still a "very proud" woman and very independent.
"She’s very proud at 84, she has a routine every morning, she gets up, those rollers go in, the hair gets quiffed, the make-up goes on."
Shirley also detailed some of the online backlash she has received from trolls over her decisions on the BBC One show each week.
The celebrity judge has previously sparked criticism for the way she marks and gives feedback to young women on the show.
She said: “They say, ‘you’re so fat, you hate younger women’, and if I send a man home, ‘you’re a man hater’. You can’t win.”
Shirley also revealed she is currently in talks for her book to become a musical.
She added: “It’s been picked up for possible Broadway, and West End. Watch this space.”
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