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Strictly’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec reveal plans to have a BABY

She recently reunited with her husband Aljaz Skorjanec after they lived separately for the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing due to Covid-19 safety regulations.

And Janette Manrara has revealed that she is going to start a family with the Slovenian dancer, 30, after ten years of romance.

The Strictly pro, 37, admitted she was waiting for the ‘perfect time’ to have a baby, but said the coronavirus crisis has made her realise there will never be an ideal time.

Family: Janette Manrara has revealed that she is going to start a family with her husband Aljaz Skorjanec after ten years of romance (pictured in April 2019)

Speaking to Hello! magazine, she explained: ‘We always wanted to have a baby, but 2020 has definitely made me say to myself: “You know what, Janette, it’s never going to be the perfect time but it’s always going to be the right time”.’

Janette, who married her longtime partner in 2017, admitted that it was a ‘scary’ decision to make because she relies on her body for her job as a dancer.

She continued: ‘I always thought there would be a perfect month and year, but what 2020 has made me realise is that the perfect time is never going to come along.’

The TV star insisted that she and Aljaz are ‘ready to be parents’, gushing that her partner, who is also a Strictly professional, is a ‘wonderful man’.

Family: The Strictly pro, 37, said she was waiting for the 'perfect time' to have a baby, but said the Covid-19 crisis made her realise there is never an ideal moment (pictured in August 2019)

Family: The Strictly pro, 37, said she was waiting for the ‘perfect time’ to have a baby, but said the Covid-19 crisis made her realise there is never an ideal moment (pictured in August 2019)

The American dancer excitedly said: ‘We’re definitely ready to be parents so we will see when that moment comes – you can’t plan it – we will be beside ourselves and Aljaz will be the best dad.’

The loved-up couple’s news comes after Aljaz admitted that he used the Covid lockdown to ‘do nothing’ after he and his wife lost work during the pandemic. 

He revealed he had hardly any days off in 2019, so switched off his phone at the end of the year because he was ‘struggling’, and later used lockdown to take a step back.

Speaking on The Power of 10 podcast with Graham Bell, he explained: ‘In 2019 I had one week off and it was broken up into days. I literally had seven or eight days off in the whole year.

‘I was really struggling at the end of 2019. So when our tour in 2020 got cancelled I just said, “I’m going to take this opportunity and do nothing.”

Big decision: Janette, who married her longtime partner in 2017, admitted that it was a 'scary' decision to make because she relies on her body for her job as a dancer

Big decision: Janette, who married her longtime partner in 2017, admitted that it was a ‘scary’ decision to make because she relies on her body for her job as a dancer 

‘So I switched off my phone for a month. I really switched off mentally and physically. The only thing I would do is go for a walk just to get some air.’

The dancer added he and his other half stayed in their flat for months and learned a new dynamic of their relationship.

He said: ‘Janette and I stayed in this flat for months. We have lived together for 10 years but we’ve always worked as well.

‘So it was interesting to learn the dynamics of the two of us being at home but not doing much.’

While they spent lots of time together during the first lockdown, Aljaz and Janette were forced apart during filming the most recent series of Strictly.

Strictly: Janette made it all the way to the final with her celebrity partner HRVY, but lost out to champions Bill Bailey and his pro partner Oti Mabuse

Strictly: Janette made it all the way to the final with her celebrity partner HRVY, but lost out to champions Bill Bailey and his pro partner Oti Mabuse

The pair had to live separately during filming because of the show’s strict coronavirus measures.

When asked at the time what they would do once reunited, Janette told The Sun: ‘Oh my gosh. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this publicly, put it that way!

‘Let’s just say we won’t mind being in a lockdown, I’ll tell you that. It’s been a tough year in many ways but we’ll make up for it!’

Janette had been living alone since October, while Aljaz went back to their home after leaving the show alongside his partner DJ Clara Amfo.

For the first time, Janette made it all the way to the final with her celebrity partner HRVY, but lost out to champions Bill Bailey and his pro partner Oti Mabuse. 

Covid: During Strictly, Janette had been living alone since October, while Aljaz went back to their home after leaving the show alongside his partner DJ Clara Amfo

Covid: During Strictly, Janette had been living alone since October, while Aljaz went back to their home after leaving the show alongside his partner DJ Clara Amfo


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