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Shirley Ballas reveals how she lost 20lbs for Strictly Come Dancing

The star revealed all to HELLO!

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It's hard to believe the finale of Strictly Come Dancing has come around so quickly. Back in October, ahead of the 2020 series, HELLO! met up with Shirley Ballas to talk about everything from counselling to lockdown weight gain. 

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Shirley, 60, spent the lockdown period in south London with her boyfriend of nearly two years, 47-year-old actor Daniel Taylor, and like all of us, put on a few extra pounds while cooped up during the coronavirus pandemic.

But it wasn't until the Strictly Come Dancing judge paid a visit to her beloved mother that she decided to take action.

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Shirley hilariously explained: "I went to visit my mother and she opened the door and said: 'My goodness, who's been eating all the cookies?'"

"I'd gained 20 pounds!" the famous dancer said. "I can't get into my clothes and I refuse to buy more."

In a bid to shed extra pounds, Shirley has been working out with Cara Stubbington, an online personal trainer, for at least one hour, six days a week. 

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Shirley Ballas has been training six days a week after gaining 20 pounds during lockdown

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"We do lots of arms and abs and we do a lot to lift my 60-year-old bottom so nothing is dropping all over the stage. She helps me tone all my bits and bobs. If it bobs, she tones it," head judge Shirley tells HELLO!.

The Liverpool-born star also candidly revealed that she had turned to counselling after writing her autobiography Behind the Sequins.

"It was very difficult to write," she says. "It's almost like I was reading somebody else's life."

The book brought back memories of several tough and unresolved periods of her life, Shirley added. 

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The Strictly Come Dancing judge has released a book, Behind the Sequins

"It put me into counselling – I'd been reliving everything and thinking if there was anything I could have changed or done differently. 

"I need to process everything that has been brought up by writing the book and also understand a little bit about why I have so many walls that go up."

Shirley's counselling is ongoing and is "definitely" helping, she said.

"I can see now, at 60, that I can let some of these things go and be happy. Rather than beating myself up all the time, I have to realise it’s okay to cry and show emotions."

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