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Aljaz Skorjanec shares heartfelt post about missing niece Zala in lockdown

The Strictly Come Dancing star loves his family

Diane Shipley

 Aljaz Skorjanec shared an emotional post about his family at the weekend – and everyone who's experiencing lockdown will be able to relate. Taking to Instagram, the Strictly pro posted a photo of his beloved niece, Zala, one, who is his sister's daughter and lives in their native Slovenia. The cute picture showed the little girl wearing pyjamas and standing on a pillow in front of a bedroom window. The tiny blonde put one hand on the glass and turned her sweet face to the camera, showing a concerned expression.

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Aljaz married wife Janette in 2017

Aljaz captioned the cute snapshot: "Missing family. This little face… Not a baby any more…Time flies," adding three clock emojis. His fans were quick to respond to offer empathy and encouragement. One wrote: "Getting harder isn’t it, missing loved ones." Others commented: "As soon as this is all over, first flight home I’m sure to see your beautiful family," and: "Beautiful little Zala [heart emojis]. Family is everything. Hope you’re getting to spend plenty of time with them on social media."

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Missing family. This little face.. Not a baby any more.. Time flies🕐🕑🕒

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Aljaz shared the sweet photo of his niece to Instagram

The 30-year-old, who is married to his co-star and fellow professional dancer Janette Manrara, used to make regular trips home to see his family. Last month, he shared a photo of his niece enjoying her Easter celebrations to his Instagram Stories, which showed the little girl perched on a tricycle, complete with an adorable flower basket filled with eggs, and a gorgeous pink bow to complete her flowery and summery outfit. Bless!

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The star has previously spoken to HELLO! about his bond with Zala and his desire to become a dad, saying: "She's beautiful, a little angel. I'm obsessed with kids… If someone had told me five years ago that my little sister was going to have a baby before me, I wouldn't have believed them. But I feel everything comes at the right time when it's supposed to come."

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