Shirley Ballas has given an update on her relationship with partner Danny Taylor, revealing she has taken marriage "off the table" for now.
Twice-married Shirley, 62, fell in love with Danny, 48, after meeting during rehearsals for the pantomime production of Jack And The Beanstalk.
And with 2023 in sight, the Strictly Come Dancing judge has said she has barely spent any time with her boyfriend due to their busy schedules on opposing sides of the country.
“Danny’s in a big panto in Blackpool – I really haven’t got to see him much at all this year,” she told S magazine.
“I’m busy with Strictly and he’s busy with the panto. And the thing I’ve probably decided is that we’re really good as we are right now."
Shirley added: "Take marriage or anything like that off the table – we’ll just see where it goes.”
While Danny will be starring in panto in Blackpool over the festive period, Shirley is thrilled to be spending time with her family this Christmas, including her dancer son, Mark, who’s over from the US.
“I’m hoping it’s a really chilled day with Mary [Shirley’s niece] and her boyfriend, and Mark and his wife, and the two dogs,” she reveals.
“Mum will be doing a crown turkey from Marks & Spencer, roasties, mashies, three veg and her own homemade
"She’ll be cooking and I’ll be setting the table. Then I’ll clean up while she has a little rest."
She added: "Between Mum and me, we’ll make it special. We’ve got crackers and games, so it will be lovely.”
Shirley previously spoke of the idea of marrying Danny after getting to know each other "inside out" during lockdown.
"We both realised that we are quite compatible," she told The Sun.
"So we talked about getting married then.
"I don’t know how I would like him to propose . . . I would rather not know," she said, before adding that Danny already has a ring in the safe.
In 2020, Shirley said of her and Danny tying the knot: "Maybe next year is on the cards, possibly.
"Everything with Danny is romantic. When he did my 60th he thought about things I'd never think about, he's very creative, loving and caring."
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