Shirley Ballas has revealed she’s feeling more confident than ever after turning 60 last year.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge had her breast implants taken out in 2019 and has had said it was a turning point in her life as she’s learned to embrace her body.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the former pro dancer admitted she doesn’t let criticism from online trolls bother her.
Happy: Shirley Ballas has revealed she’s feeling more confident than ever after turning 60 last year, declaring: ‘I have decided to embrace every wrinkle, and stop worrying’
After being told by one social media critic that her chest looked ‘like a Seville orange that has been eaten by a thousand slugs’ during an episode of Strictly last year, Shirley said she laughed it off but admitted ‘and then I look at my chest, and I see the wrinkles starting to come and the age starting to show…’
She declared though that ‘I have decided to embrace every wrinkle, and stop worrying about having a little tummy because, at 60, as hard as I try, I can’t have a flat stomach. Instead, I like to think of it as the place where I built my baby boy.’
Shirley is mum to professonal dancer Mark Ballas, 34.
As well as the wrinkles, the Strictly star is also embracing being completely natural after having her breast implants, which she had done during her second marriage two decades ago, removed in 2019.
Looking fab: The Strictly judge said she had decided to ‘stop worrying about having a little tummy because, at 60, as hard as I try, I can’t have a flat stomach’
‘At 60, I am happy to go au naturel even if my boobies are falling below my kneecaps. Whatever shape or size you are, you are beautiful. And I don’t want any foreign things in my body,’ she explained.
Last week Shirley admitted to ‘struggling with loneliness for a long long time’ and explained how lockdown ‘is not such a great place’ for her to be.
Appearing on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, the Strictly judge spoke from her home about the show’s One Million Minutes campaign to end loneliness – which has racked up over 83 million minutes this year.
Shirley – who has been a strong supporter of the campaign – told Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: ‘I isolated for a majority [of the pandemic] on my own.
Love: The dancer has found with actor boyfriend Danny Taylor, 48, in recent years
Struggles: Last week Shirley admitted to ‘struggling with loneliness for a long long time’ and explained how lockdown ‘is not such a great place’ for her to be
‘I had my boyfriend here a little bit but my son, I haven’t seen him for a year and a half, I didn’t see my mother, like everybody else in the country.
‘And I am not very good at being on my own because I am normally up and about and going and doing. The first part of the lockdown felt like a little bit of a holiday but then when it sets in and you suddenly find yourself quite alone, it’s not such a great place to be.
‘A time for reflection, I just decided to look at myself, get up, dress up, don’t complain, help somebody else. So that is what I have been trying to do through my charity work and through this pledging of the minutes.’
Shirley went on to reveal that this isn’t the first time in her life she has battled loneliness, explaining: ‘You can go about your daily life, you can be in a marriage like I was and it is still a lonely place to be, it is something I have struggled with for a long long time so I can really resonate with different people out there who struggle with it.’
Tough: Appearing on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, Shirley spoke from her home about the show’s One Million Minutes campaign to end loneliness
She revealed she has volunteered and spoken to people on the phone who are suffering from loneliness.
She also asserted that her role judging on Strictly Come Dancing last year helped with her loneliness, saying: ‘I am the type of person where if I keep busy… I am normally going from 6AM in the morning until the evening and then suddenly in lockdown, you are looking for things to do because I am a rule follower.
‘I don’t like to break the rules. Of course I was absolutely extremely grateful that the BBC got Strictly on. I felt like I had won the lottery, so to speak ,and I will never take another job for granted for sure.
‘I never thought that my own industry, that all the dancing studios would close… I was grateful for the people in the country that they were able to have Strictly, I was grateful to have it, but then after it all stops and it all goes quiet again, you have to stay busy.
‘I am a list maker… and you must stay active in your mind. If you go to that lonely place, it can be quite daunting.’
Work: She also asserted that her role judging on Strictly Come Dancing last year helped with her loneliness [pictured with co-judges Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood]