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Janette Manrara and husband Aljaz enjoy some alone time following heartbreaking family loss

The mum-to-be is mourning the sad death of her grandfather

Janette Manrara and husband Aljaz© Instagram
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
May 9, 2023
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Janette Manrara enjoyed a lunch date with her husband Aljaz Skorjanec on Monday. The couple, who are expecting their first child together, headed to San Carlo for a bite to eat.

Taking to his Instagram Stories, Aljaz shared a video showing his wife browsing the menu in her seat across the table. He penned in the caption: "It's a date," before tagging Janette and the restaurant. 

Janette and Aljaz enjoyed a lunch date together © Instagram
Janette and Aljaz enjoyed a lunch date together

The pair's restaurant outing will serve as a welcome distraction for Janette, who recently announced the sad passing of her grandfather

The former Strictly Come Dancing professional shared the news with her followers on Instagram, posting a touching video of herself in conversation with her late grandpa Miguel Angel. 

Recalling some of her favourite memories with her grandad, the 39-year-old dancer revealed how proud he was when watching her dance, and their close relationship is clear to see in the video below. 

WATCH: Strictly star Janette Manrara shares heartwarming memory of late grandfather

Janette wrote: "I've been quiet this weekend because early Saturday morning I found out the sad news of the passing of my grandfather, Miguel Angel Manrara. He was a man full of life, hardworking, and always telling jokes and stories.

"When my parents were at work, he would always take me to singing, acting, dancing, whatever I needed. 'It's because of me she made it!', he joked and shouted loudly w/ so much joy and pride in his heart whenever he watched me dance.

Pregnant Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanek posing for lakeside photo on babymoon
Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanek are expecting their first child together

"He always called me his 'caballa', which means female horse. He saw my perseverance and strength to always keep pushing for my dreams. When times were tough, he always reminded me that I was 'una caballa' to keep pushing forward. It’s because of his sacrifice, and that of my grandmother and parents, that I was able to fly and make dreams comes true. We were extremely close."

Revealing how hard it is being away from her family in Spain, Janette concluded: "It's very difficult being away from my family during this time, but I will cherish forever our car journeys, the days at the beach after school, all the jokes and stories, and the love and wisdom he always shared w/ me. I hope that I forever make you proud grandpa. I love you with all my heart…. Until we meet again."

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec pose for HELLO!© Instagram
Janette revealed her baby bump for the first time as she announced the news exclusively to HELLO! in February

Janette and Aljaz are expecting the arrival of their first child together this summer. Revealing the exciting announcement in an exclusive interview with HELLO! in February, the couple revealed they had been preparing to go through IVF when they found out the happy news. 

Detailing his reaction, Aljaz said: "I was beside myself… I feel like I've been thinking and dreaming about that moment for so long."

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Janette Manrara and her husband Aljaz Skorjanec © Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Janette and Aljaz have been very open about their pregnancy journey

He added: "We were preparing for IVF mentally and physically and then it was just a relief to finally have that positive test. I have so much respect for any parent that goes through IVF, not just for what it puts them through physically but mentally too."

Keep scrolling for more pictures of Janette's growing baby bump...

Janette rocking a tropical swimsuit© Instagram
The presenter is due to welcome her first child in the summer
janette manrara holding baby bump posing in black sports bra and trousers
Janette often shares photos of her growing bump on Instagram
janette manrara wearing beige jumper dress and cradling baby bump
Janette was preparing to go through IVF before she fell pregnant
Janette, Mickey and Minnie aboard Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wish© Disney
Janette recently enjoyed a trip to Disney in April

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