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Strictly Anton du Beke talks babies with wife Hannah – admits difficult journey

The dancer is a very proud dad

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
November 3, 2022
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Anton du Beke is brightening up our Saturday nights with his place on the Strictly judging panel.

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But away from the studios he takes on the role of doting father and husband.

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The 56-year-old star has been married to wife Hannah Summers since 2017 and together they share fraternal twins, five-year-old son George and daughter Henrietta.

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Their road to parenthood was a difficult one with the couple turning to IVF in order to start their family.

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Anton pictured with his wife Hannah

And this week, Anton candidly spoke about that journey during an appearance on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell podcast.

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"[Hannah is] everything I thought she would be. I thought she'd be an excellent mum, always knew she'd be a great mum but she couldn't have children," he shared.

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The couple are proud parents to twins George and Henrietta

"I thought, 'Isn't it funny how nature works in mysterious ways?' – the person I thought would be an incredible mum couldn't have children. That's the sad irony of it all.

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"But as we had IVF, we were able to have them in the end and I'm thrilled for me – because I'd have 100 [kids] by the way, because I love them – but I'm thrilled for Hannah because she is amazing at it."

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The couple went through IVF to conceive

Reflecting on that intense period of their lives, Anton went on to tell the podcasters: "We were enormously fortunate as we had one go, but it was sort of boot camp.

"We were hardcore at it so it was really hard on Hannah – blood tests, injections every day – it's really difficult. It's wonderful that it happened.

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Anton's children certainly take after him

"Hannah had endometriosis and it's something not spoken about much and I think she should talk about it – sharing is caring."

Anton, who met his wife at a golf club in 2011 and 'knew almost immediately that he loved her', also made a cheeky dig at his wife when asked if she shares his smart dress sense.

He joked: "Yes, to a degree. She's less, sort of, you know... Hannah's a bit more 'from the country' than I am, so she has a bit more of the... what's the expression? Functional. Oh, that sounds like Agent Provocateur meets Millets!"

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