Shirley Ballas has revealed she has ‘reconsidered’ marrying her long-term partner Danny Taylor.
In an exclusive chat with MailOnline at London’s Copacabana cabaret show, the tough pick, 62, revealed her priorities have changed.
Saying, “I’ve changed my mind. I just feel like at this particular stage in my life, my mom and I have a great relationship, we want to travel a little bit, and there are different things we want to do.
Shirley has been dating the 50-year-old actor since 2019 and was rumored to be engaged after Danny shocked her with a diamond ring in 2021.
The skilled dancer was previously married to former ballroom star Sammy Stopford from 1980 to 1984 before marrying dancer Corky Ballas in 1985, and the couple split in 2007 after 22 years together.
Chenega plans: Shirley Ballas, 62, has revealed she has ‘reconsidered’ marrying long-term partner Danny Taylor, 50
not a huge day: In an exclusive chat with MailOnline during the Copacabana London Cabaret Show, the tough pick revealed her priorities have changed
Despite the information, the pair are still happier than ever as Shirley reveals she is doing everything she can to make their long distance relationship work as Danny is currently on tour.
“(The relationship is) I’m wonderful — I’m busy, he’s busy, and we talk to each other every day — several times a day, and my mom talks to him, too.”
Before revealing: “I’d love to do a travel show with my mom, but she doesn’t like the camera, she says, but give me cognac and she’s great.”
Perhaps Shirley is very close to her mum Audrey, 85, and has counselled Defender last year: “My mother, Audrey, is 85 and lives with me, and we like to curl up in bed and watch Murder Mysteries.”
Next: “Queen Bee and quite captivating. She is not as forgiving as I am, but she has a beautiful, kind heart. She raised my son Mark (now a dancer on the US version of Strictly) from two to 21 when I traveled for my dancing career.
“I like to think he has her beautiful side, but also my sharp, sharp side. Everyone needs a spiky side so you don’t get run over.
Shirley also lifted the lid on Strictly’s latest series, hinting at “changes that will knock viewers for six”.
After last year’s damaging online abuse, she mentioned, “I’m going to shut down all kinds of foul language and sexual messages.”
Happy as Larry: The couple, who have been dating since 2019, are happier than ever, though Shirley reveals she’s doing everything to make their long-distance relationship work, as Danny is currently on tour.
Happy families: She said (relationship going well – I’m busy, he’s busy and we talk to each other every day – several times a day and my mother talks to him too” (Shirley pictured with mum) Audrey)
“I have a social media team behind me this year and my son will help me filter it. Of course, my mom and I live together, so I have this little soul to fall back on, so I’m not worried about that at all this year.
Next: “I think I’ve gained a better understanding of social media and other people’s personas on social media, but don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of good people in the market and I had a lot of help, especially from the BBC.”
And speaking of travel, it comes after the couple set sail together on the gorgeous MSC Virtuosa cruise for her Northern European sailing to Southampton.
While on board, the famous ballroom dancer hosted a Q&A session where pals shared behind-the-scenes footage of Strictly.
During her trip, Shirley not only indulged in several luxurious spa treatments at the MSC Aurea Spa, but also a soothing Balinese therapeutic massage and rejuvenating facial.
In addition, the TV personality had an unforgettable experience going to the sea and exploring the picturesque cities of Hamburg, Cherbourg and Bruges with the staff of the shore tour.
She took to her Instagram to share sweet snaps from the trip as she and Danny enjoyed the five-star service before the dance floor.
Cruise: And speaking of travel, this comes after the couple embarked together on the gorgeous MSC Virtuosa cruise for her Northern European sailing to Southampton.
Dancing queen: She took to Instagram to share some sweet snaps from the trip as she and Danny enjoyed the five-star service before the dance floor.
And when she arrived back on land, Shirley attended Mrs Doubtfire’s gala in aid of Comic Relief at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, despite nearly breaking her ankle the day before.
She looked sensational in a bright pink jacket and matching shorts, which she teamed with a light white shirt.
But despite her beaming smile, the TV favorite wore a white ankle brace.
Refusing to sacrifice her style, she slipped on bare heels and posed up a storm on the carpet.
Shirley took to her Instagram a day earlier and revealed that she was “lucky” not to have “broken” her leg after a backyard accident.
Filming herself on her method, she mentioned: “Look what I’m gardening this morning.
Amazing: When she was back on dry land, Shirley attended a gala performance of Mrs Doubtfire in support of Comic Relief at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, despite nearly breaking her ankle the day before.
‘Oh yes. When I say I got lucky, I’m not kidding. I mean, I was lucky I didn’t break it.
“I’ve already broken it twice in my life. Strong ankles, but I fell on my hands, wrists and almost my face… but I made it. My leg instead. So yeah.
Speaking to fans a day after the injury, she showed off her swollen ankle as it began to bruise.
She explained: My foot is now turning completely black. It is very swollen. do you see it But even when I went to yoga today, my shoulder hurt. So it happened the next day. That’s why my shoulder hurt, my foot hurt too.
“Trying to decide if I should put the bandage back on to go out because I always want to wear heels. Has anyone else had this injury?
I’ve broken that foot twice the last time, so I guess I’m lucky. Anyway, off to Shaftesbury Avenue to see Mrs. Doubtfire now and I’m so excited, I loved the movie. And I think I’m going to really like the show.