Strictly star hints at split from boyfriend who she hasnt seen in months

Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas has hinted her relationship with her famous toyboy lover may be over after revealing she "hadn't seen him in months".

The 62-year old, who is head judge on the hit BBC show, described her relationship with actor and producer Danny Taylor as "good friends" in a chat on Loose Women.

The pair met whilst working in together in a Jack And The Beanstalk panto production in late 2018, hitting it off straight away.

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Describing the romance as "love at first sight", Shirley later referred to Danny, who is also a trained dancer, as "the one" in an interview in 2019.

Shirley first mentioned the 50-year old theatre star in a previous Loose Women instalment, meanwhile, as she discussed the early days of their relationship.

"It didn’t really take off until March… for him. I fell in love way before. I think for me it was first sight," she explained.

"He was going through a difficult time in his relationship. We did become friends and then probably in about February I said, 'I love you Danny' and he said 'I know'. It took a while."

Almost five years on, however, thing appeared to have sadly soured.

Chatting to the girls on ITV, Shirley referred to a previous comment she had made where she stated she had "taken marriage off the table".

"The only pressure I felt was my own — it was me who was rushing to get married. Then things changed last year — my mum moved in and Danny's not in a place to get married."

She continued: "We're good as we are. We both travel, so I haven't seen him for months, but we're good friends and that works."

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An onlooker told Birmingham Mail: "Shirley and Daniel looked like young lovers who didn’t have a care in the world. It was very sweet to see. They got off the train at London Bridge station before wandering down to the River Thames. They seemed blissfully happy.” And source close to Shirley said: “She has been in the very early days of dating Daniel. But she is not in a relationship and he is not her boyfriend.

“Shirley has been open about being ­single for the past four-and-half years but feels ready to put herself out there again and start enjoying life.” Shirley later confirmed the romance, saying: "I have met somebody nice."

Shirley has previously been married to Sammy Stopford and Corky Ballas.

Daily Star has invited Shirley to comment.

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