FAYE FROM STRICTLY
own brush with fame too, as he supports Faye regularly 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 the newfound love of being Faye from 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.