SHIRLEY Ballas is best known for being a Latin and ballroom dancer and the head judge on STrictly Come Dancing.
But what do we know about the dancer’s man, Danny Taylor?
Who is Danny Taylor?
Danny is an actor, known mainly for his theatre roles.
He’s had an extensive career both on stage and screen and is one of the country’s most successful theatre actors.
Like Shirley, he’s a trained dancer in ballroom, tap and waltz and even released an album in 2015 called The Party Is Over.
He’s also had parts in TV series The Bill and Brookside.
He has a young son with actress Sharon Byatt, who played Irenee in the sitcom Bread.
They still appear to be on good terms.
You can follow Danny on Intsagram @dannytayloresq.
How long have Danny and Shirley been together?
In January 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Shirley was dating Danny.
The couple met during rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk, which they starred in together over Christmas.
News of her new romance came just a week after she had told TV host Lorraine Kelly that she’d met “somebody nice.”
The Strictly judge had also hinted she had started dating again when she tweeted that her panto co-star Danny was a “very funny handsome man”.
The pair had also been seen getting cosy in selfies taken during their stint together in the Christmas show.
Shirley discussed how they first met on Loose Women: “We met on panto as friends. 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 said.
“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.”
In September 2019 Ballas said Danny was “the one”.
The duo most recently have taken part in BBC One’s Unbreakable where they and other celebrity couples put their relationships to the test.
Who is Shirley Ballas?
Shirley Ballas is a British ballroom dancer who specialises in Latin dance and has won several championships earning her the nickname, The Queen of Latin.
She grew up in Wallasey in the North of England with her mother Audrey and brother David.
Her love of ballroom dance started aged seven when she took her first class in her local hall.
The talented youngster then started competing in competitions from the age of eight and, at 15 she moved to North Yorkshire to compete with British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany.
They got engaged when she was 16 and a year later they moved to London.
However, she was then asked to try out to be Sammy Stopford’s partner, they fell in love and got married and went on to become one of the fastest rising couples in ballroom dance.
They danced together from when she was 18 to 23 and won all the major titles worldwide.
The pair then parted ways and she met Corky Ballas, who she married and had son Mark with in 1986.
Corky and Shirley competed together and won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to win it a further eight years in a row.
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In 1990, they moved back to the UK and went on to win the Open British Professional Latin title in 1995 and ’96.
They divorced in 2007.
Shirley was previously a judge on the American version of Dancing With The Stars.