Shirley’s son Mark is knowledgeable dancer on Dancing With The Stars (Image: Getty/Rex)
Strictly Come Dancing decide Shirley Ballas has seemed again on being aside from her son for a number of Christmases when he was youthful, explaining that she felt ‘large guilt’ over leaving him when she travelled overseas.
This yr, quite a few folks throughout the nation and the world had to deal with being separated from kinfolk and family members all through the Christmas interval.
For Shirley, 60, her remoted festivities reminded her of instances throughout her son Mark Ballas’ childhood when she travelled to Japan to compete in dance competitions, leaving the kid within the care of her mom and her brother.
‘Regardless that I used to be incomes a residing and the cash for his faculty charges, I remembered the huge guilt I felt leaving Mark with my mom and brother for these years,’ Shirley mentioned.
‘It’s a very distinctive feeling that each one moms will know — it’s a wave of emotion that begins in your head and works its manner via your physique.
‘I knew what it’s prefer to be unable to hug your little one at Christmas so I realised how robust it will be for others.’
Writing in a column for The Sun, the ballroom dancer revealed that she and Mark, who’s knowledgeable dancer on American TV present Dancing With The Stars, not too long ago spoke about Shirley’s absence throughout his childhood for celebrations resembling Christmas and birthdays.
‘After I requested Mark about it, he instructed me, “After all I missed you as a toddler, however I understood that you just have been taking care of the larger image and offering for us. We’ll preserve shifting ahead and we’ll make up for it”,’ she mentioned.
Whereas Shirley couldn’t be together with her son, her boyfriend Danny Taylor or her niece Mary, she did spend the day together with her mom Audrey and her canine Charlie, she wrote.
And happily, she was in a position to meet up with her family members over video chat, one thing that she couldn’t do years in the past throughout her competitors days.
‘It meant a lot, I don’t need to miss any extra Christmases collectively,’ she mentioned.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 collection and Christmas particular can be found to observe on BBC iPlayer.