Strictlys Annabel Croft admits she has dark thoughts after death of husband

Lorraine: Annabel says Strictly is 'nice distraction from grief'

Annabel Croft has opened up on how she is enjoying Strictly Come Dancing and admitted that it is a “nice distraction” after losing her husband Mel Coleman back in May.

Annabel and her Strictly professional dancer Johannes Radebe joined Lorraine Kelly on Wednesday where she revealed: “Honestly, it has been amazing, it has been so much fun.”

Lorraine noted: “No it has, and it has been a good distraction because we all know you had a loss and I am so sorry about that.

“But this is a way of just taking yourself out of that for a little bit because you need to do something for yourself, Annabel.”

Agreeing with Lorraine’s point, she added: “It really has, it has been a nice distraction from grief and it has been nice to do something joyful.

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“Use my body and do something to rest my brain from too many dark thoughts,” as Lorraine quickly interjected: “Also your husband was a huge fan of the show so it is like a tribute.”

Beaming at his memory, Annabel said: “Urgh and a huge fan of this gorgeous man.”

Back in May, Annabel announced that her husband Mel of 30 years had passed away from stomach cancer.

His death came as a shock to Annabel and their three children Charlie, Amber and Lilly after thinking he was perfectly healthy.

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Breaking the news on social media, Annabel said: “My beloved Mel passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning after a short battle with cancer.

“My family and I are completely heartbroken and ask for privacy at this very sad time.”

She recently opened up about her loss during the pairing show two weeks ago and said it was always his “dream” for her to be on the show, saying she “wished more than anything” that Mel could see her performing.

Turning to Johannes, she said: “I can’t tell you what this means, to be dancing with you. I just wish you had met my husband, because I have these flashbacks to our house and him watching you with tears running down his face.

“Honestly, it’s so special, it’s beyond anything I could put into words.”

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV1 and ITVX.

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