After an older man
a nobody.” She was married to Corky for 23 years and their son Mark, 32, is now a pro dancer of the US version of Strictly, Dancing with Stars. But Shirley walked out after Corky cheated on her. “I like to think we still have a cordial relationship,” she said. For his part, Corky has claimed that the marriage was marred by arguments and Shirley’s bad temper. She was previously linked to a dance pupil almost 30 years her junior. She had coached Russian Yegor Novikov, now 31, when he was a teenager and reports claimed they had a romance when he was 24.
Shirley has also revealed how she susses out the celebrities on Strictly to find out who’s going to be a diva.
“Sometimes when people get nervous their personality becomes larger than life, but in actual fact they’re terrified,” she explained.
“I monitor everyone backstage to see who’s cocky or who’s humble, but it’ll all come down to this – how strong a character they are.”
“I understand how the show works now,” she adds. “The cast is amazing and I love the time I spend with the judges. We get together at least twice a week and engage with each other, so we all put our best foot forward and make a show the whole country can really enjoy.”
Looking ahead to 2019, she says that along with along with “peace, traquility and happiness” finding love is one of her top priorities.
“Maybe to find myself that man that’s eluding me! I’m going to put it on my wish list for Santa Claus.”