Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke has revealed that his wife, Hannah du Beke, was reduced to tears when he was made a guest judge on the show this month.
The professional dancer, who was first to be voted off in this series, was given the temporary role after Motsi Mabuse was forced to quarantine at home following an urgent trip to Germany.
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During a chat with the Mail on Sunday, 54-year-old Anton shared: "My wife cried when I told her but I also thought that it would give me something to do for the rest of the series.
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"When you're voted off at the beginning you have nothing to do, it's easy not to feel part of the show because you're sitting in the audience watching everyone else dance. So thank goodness they gave me the judging job."
Anton and Hannah share two children together
Despite leaving the series on week one alongside former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the surprise judging role gave Anton the boost he really needed. "Thank goodness they gave me that job," he added. "My ego was around my ankles after getting booted off first this year."
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Anton is a huge fan favourite, having been on the BBC show for 16 years. Over the course of his tenure, he has partnered up with Lesley Garrett, Kate Garraway, Ann Widdecombe, Lesley Joseph and Emma Barton.
The couple married in 2016
Away from the dancefloor, Anton is married to marketing professional Hannah. They tied the knot back in 2016 and welcomed their twins, George and Henrietta, in March 2017.
The couple are very private about their personal life and don't often share details of their relationship. However, in June, Anton and Hannah opened up about their family life during an exclusive interview with HELLO!.
Admitting they have no plans to expand their family, the pro dancer said: "Neither of us is getting any younger so we're not planning to have any more children. We have been blessed with our incredible son and daughter, so we're happy."
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