Strictly star Anton Du Beke tearfully reveals he was stabbed by father

Anton Du Beke has emotionally revealed that as a baby on Boxing Day, he was stabbed within the abdomen and leg by his father, which left him in hospital for 3 days.

The 57-year-old Strictly Come Dancing decide stated the surprising incident occurred whereas he was dwelling within the household residence on a council property in Sevenoaks, Kent.

The skilled dancer added that the revelations are prone to come as a shock to his family and friends as it’s the first time in his “entire life” that he has spoken about it.

Born to a Spanish mom and Hungarian father, Du Beke found his expertise for dancing after selecting up his sister Veronica from a neighborhood studio within the metropolis.

Although his mom inspired his new pastime, his father, Antal, “turned away from Du Beke” when alcoholism took maintain of him and he grew to become violent at residence.

Du Beke spoke Kate Garraway’s life tales in an episode airing tonight at 9pm on ITV1 – and a preview clip was performed at the moment on Good Morning Britain.

Anton Du Beke seems on Kate Garraway’s Life Stories in an episode airing tonight on ITV1

Strictly Come Dancing decide Anton Du Beke spoke about Kate Garraway’s Life Stories on ITV1

Du Beke has voiced Kate Garraway’s Life Stories which can air tonight on ITV1

In it, Garraway asks him, “Was the violence against you?” Du Beke replies: ‘I, yes. I’ve really by no means talked about this in my complete life. I wished a recent begin, and a brand new starting. I imply, I ended up within the hospital for 3 days, nevertheless it was…”

Author, dancer and jury member: Life of Strictly’s Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, to a Spanish mom and Hungarian father.

He found a ardour for dancing after selecting up his sister Veronica from a neighborhood studio on the town.

Du Beke was Strictly Come Dancing’s longest serving skilled dancer and was a daily on the BBC One collection from the beginning.

He then traded the dance flooring for the jury to take over from departing jury member Bruno Tonioli in 2021.

His movie star companions over time have included former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, cleaning soap star Emma Barton and politician Ann Widdecombe.

Aside from the dance flooring, Du Beke is an writer who has revealed novels together with We’ll Meet Again, One Enchanted Evening, and A Christmas To Remember.

His solo tour An Audience With Anton Du Beke begins this month.

Garraway stated, “Did you do that?” Du Beke replied, “Yes.” Garraway then requested, “Why, what happened?” Du Beke stated: ‘I am, I have been stabbed. I’ve by no means stated this out loud earlier than.’

After the clip performed, Garraway stated on the GMB studio, “It was very, very, seriously… physically, medically and obviously emotionally devastating.”

She added, “He’d go on to say how it didn’t work (hold him back) and he’d go on with the triumphs he’s had and the other struggles he’s had along the way.”

‘And that’s the purpose, isn’t it? That’s the lesson you need younger folks and different individuals who could also be main violent, troublesome, distressing lives to take a look at and assume ‘well we can move forward and not let it define us’.

In different quotes given to the media forward of tonight’s broadcast — however not but revealed in a video — Du Beke advised Garraway, “The alcoholism and the violence… (it was) against me, because I was a boy, a young man I think.

‘…You have an alcoholic dad and a situation where if you’re in the house (he) is drinking, you end up with fights and stuff.

“You shift the room to get away from it all and then he follows you in and the next thing you know the violence starts and then it came to a head one night, I ended up in the hospital for three days.”

Du Beke stated he was assured his household and associates knew nothing concerning the assault as a result of he by no means noticed any profit in talking out about his ordeal. I prefer to look forward.’

Recalling the incident, he continued: ‘…I got stabbed in the leg and in the stomach because of a fight on Boxing Day and it was a crazy situation.

Born to a Spanish mother and a Hungarian father, Anton Du Beke discovered a flair for dancing

Anton Du Beke pictured as a baby with his Spanish mother Ascensión ‘Conchita’ Lema

“I remember walking out of the house to walk to the hospital holding my leg and a cop car going by and I waved them down and I said ‘he’s in there with a knife.’

“Anyway, they took him away and I ended up in the hospital for three or four days. My only concern was getting back in the studio and dancing and the embarrassment of it.”

Du Beke stated he advised folks he had “stretched a hamstring” when requested about his leg damage as a result of he was embarrassed.

He advised host Garraway, “I can’t quite believe I’m talking to you about this. I should have covered this up. Even the thought that that (the attack) is a thing irritates me a little too.”

Garraway stated Du Beke’s father was acquitted by the court docket of injuring his son and that when Du Beke died, he didn’t attend his funeral.

“It was all about progress, I felt sorry for my mom, this was her husband, she has two jobs and he chose to drink and be violent, it’s just life and you move on,” he stated.

The aspiring dancer then modified his identify ‘from Tony Beke, who grew up on a municipal estate’ to ‘Anton Du Beke, The Show Man’.

He stated, “I wanted a fresh start and a new beginning and I wanted to leave what was before, behind me, and then move on with the rest of my life, I just wanted to be myself.”

Du Beke additionally stated that his motivation to realize success didn’t come from his father.

Du Beke is now married to spouse Hannah with whom he shares six-year-old twins George and Henrietta

Anton du Beke with Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly

He added: “I hate, woe is me, I never sought any kind of affirmation or encouragement from him and I never did anything because of him.

“It wasn’t my motivation to do what I did.”

TV presenter Garraway, who took over from Piers Morgan as Life Stories presenter this 12 months, stated she knew Du Beke is “bigger than life” however can be a “very private” man after spending her time dancing with him on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007.

She stated: “He has a philosophy about his relationship along with his followers that he’s there to convey pleasure to their lives and he doesn’t need to share his personal issues.

“But with me he does, and it confirmed an enormous leap of religion on his half, as a result of plenty of the issues we talked about he hadn’t even actually mentioned, even along with his fast household, and I felt so honored to have the ability to assist him share it.’

Actor Omid Djalili and Ruby Wax additionally spoke with Garraway for this collection of Life Stories.

Kate Garraway’s Life Stories airs tonight (Wednesday) at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX

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