Judi Love admits Strictly has been ‘difficult’ as she praises partner Graziano Di Prima

Loose Women panelist and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judi Love says that juggling training for Strictly, doing her day job and keeping up with childcare can be tough, but she's taking it "a day at a time."

The mum-of-two opened up about how proud her children are of her in her latest OK! column, which also sees the star give an update about her thoughts on the live shows, her reaction to the Emmys and a message of condolence to the family of Sabina Nessa.

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I sat down with my children to watch the launch show of Strictly last week. I was looking at their faces and they were so shocked when I was doing my moves! My son’s phone was popping off and he was showing me all the messages his friends were sending him.

My daughter said a couple of her college friends messaged to say they were watching too. Now the live shows have begun, it’s a whole new set of nerves. So far, I’m finding the hardest part learning all the steps, turns and the counting. It’s been difficult, but Graziano has been an amazing teacher. I can’t wait for you to see my hard work.


Juggling it all

This week I’ve been training before filming in the morning, from 9am to 11am and then filming for 10 hours straight. It’s quite a big show that I’ve been recording – I can’t tell you what it is just yet but life is busy right now! I am lucky I’ve had friends to help with the children and all the household stuff. It’s just about taking each day at a time.

Menopause thoughts

A cafe has opened in Belfast for women to go along to and ask questions about the menopause. It’s great that we are breaking down the stigma as it’s often spoken about with sexist undertones. It’s good that there’s a space for women to discuss these things and hopefully it can help people embrace a new chapter of their lives.

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Well done Michaela

Much was made of the diverse list of people who were nominated in the Emmys this year, but all the acting accolades were then given to white actors. I’m happy that people of colour won in some areas like writing, as now we’ll be able to tell our own stories.

Michaela Coel won an award for writing I May Destroy You, which I think is incredible. In her speech, she spoke about not being afraid to switch off from social media and see what comes to you in the silence. It’s so true. Being visible is equated with being successful – I think we can all fall into the trap of worrying too much about what we’re posting online rather than doing the things we actually love.

Dating app dangers

I was chatting to my girlfriends recently and a few are using dating apps. After lockdown, it’s natural to want to get out there and meet people again but I worry we’ve forgotten the danger of meeting strangers online.

We need to make sure we’re all staying vigilant – meeting a new person in a public place rather than at someone’s house and making sure our loved ones know where we are. Please stay safe everyone.

Heartbreak for Sabina

It’s hard to find the words to talk about Sabina Nessa, the 28-year-old teacher who was murdered in south-east London. My heart breaks for her family and I hope they are getting the support they need.

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