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Annabel Croft Reveals How ‘Bittersweet’ Strictly Stint Has Helped Her Deal With Her Husband’s Dying Specific Instances

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Annabel Croft has stated Strictly Come Dancing has “distracted her from all of the ache” of her husband’s loss of life.

The previous tennis participant has spoken candidly about how she has discovered the expertise of showing on the BBC ballroom present each therapeutic and emotional, after her husband Mel Coleman died in Could, simply weeks after he was identified with most cancers.

Showing on Thursday’s version of Free Ladies alongside dance accomplice Johannes Radebe, Annabel stated participating on Strictly was “bittersweet” as Mel used to like watching the present.

She stated: “Clearly the grief is available in waves and there are lots of days the place you’re simply sobbing at house, however with Strictly and assembly Johannes and happening this journey collectively, it actually has distracted me from all of that ache.

“And there are days – I imply, poor Johannes has had to deal with fairly just a few within the rehearsal rooms and every part. However you [Johannes] give me a lot goal to stand up in a morning and are available and dance.”

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe on Free Ladies

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She continued: “I’ve such fond reminiscences of Mel in our kitchen calling us all in to look at Johannes as a result of he simply thought he was superb, he would pause Strictly and watch it again.

“It’s bittersweet as a result of I actually wished them to fulfill and I’m heartbroken Mel isn’t right here to see this journey.”

Throughout final Saturday’s Strictly, Annabel and Johannes carried out an emotional Couple’s Alternative routine devoted to Mel, which had head decide Shirley Ballas in tears.

The couple scored a complete of 35 out of 40 for the dance, which was set to the Birdy music Wings.

Saying her husband’s loss of life in an announcement earlier this 12 months, Annabel stated: “My beloved husband Mel handed away peacefully on Wednesday morning after a brief battle with most cancers. My household and I are utterly heartbroken and ask for privateness at this very unhappy time.”

The couple married in 1993, and share three grown-up kids, Charlie, Amber and Lilly.

Free Ladies airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV1, with Strictly Come Dancing returning on Saturday at 6.05pm on BBC One.

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