Hink I was s enough on Strictly

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Faye on the show and so­cial me­dia. They have both ad­mit­ted there is a “strain” to long hours train­ing and trips to Lon­don – she has been away from home com­pletely for the last cou­ple of weeks, miss­ing their wed­ding an­niver­sary.

And pho­tos of her on her birth­day be­ing fed a spoon­ful of lunch by the lovely, and sin­gle, Gio­vanni might not have helped.

But she in­sists there was never any fear of that dreaded curse.

“Gio­vanni is a bril­liant part­ner... and he’s still sin­gle,” she stresses.

On her hus­band, she adds: “You miss each other but you have mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, Facetime, mes­sages. My hus­band works away a lot so we’re used to it, it’s fine.”

In fact, you sense that de­spite Strictly, a spot on the tour next year, plus a new Steps al­bum planned with the band, which re-formed in 2011 for a year and then again last year, it is Faye who is more nat­u­rally ret­i­cent about fame.

When Steps first broke up, she ad­mits step­ping out of that bub­ble was tough. Claire and H said they were leav­ing to form a two-piece and Faye says ad­just­ing was hard and re­la­tion­ships were frayed un­til the group re­united. “I found it dif­fi­cult to watch the MTV awards and things... We had all been in there and sud­denly there was noth­ing, there was a void,” she says.

But nowa­days, she is rather fond of her new­found pri­vacy. “I like my home life and be­ing Ben­jamin’s mum,” she says.

“These days with so­cial me­dia you have to give it all. I’m learn­ing...” she adds, hes­i­tantly.

And Faye from Strictly re­ally bet­ter had. Be­cause, whether it’s down to the line danc­ing or purely hard graft, her tal­ent means she is bound to stay in the spot­light for quite a while longer. Hugh Jack­man


S 999 FAYE FROM STRICTLY The pop star has wowed with part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice

MUMMY With her son Ben­jamin

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