Janette Manrara has opened up about being away from her baby due to Strictly filming commitments, as she affirmed: “The best part of my life is being a mother.”
In July, Janette, 39, and Aljaz Skorjanec, 33, both former professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, welcomed their first child together, a girl named Lyra – but with parenthood comes sacrifice, Janette told Express.co.uk.
As one of the red carpet arrivals at the best Heroes Awards on Wednesday night, Janette said of her nearly three-month-old: “She’s incredible, she’s the best, best baby in the world, she’s just happy, she just smiles all the time.”
Janette, who quit her role as a pro dancer two years ago, added that her Strictly commitments as a presenter on the spin-off show It Takes Two, means she has to spend time away from her tot.
“He’s [Aljaz] at daddy daycare right now because I’m down in London for the next three days,” she continued. “He looks after Lrya while I’m here – so lots of FaceTimes, lots of videos, and photos are being sent.
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“I love working, always have. I think it’s because I love what I do, so I was very happy to come back to work because I missed it, but at the same time, the best part of my life is being a mother to Lyra.”
Janette and Aljaz met in 2010 when performing in the live dance show Burn The Floor, and they went on to wed in 2017.
They starred alongside one another on BBC’s ballroom dancing competition Strictly for many years before Janette stepped down to take her presenting role.
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Last year, Skorjanec announced he was also leaving the BBC dance competition after nine years.
Just four days before the arrival of their daughter, Manara shared an Instagram post telling her followers that she was experiencing “back spasms and pelvic pain”, but Skorjanec had been supporting her.
“I’ve been staying inside resting as much as I can to control the back spasms and pelvic pain,” she wrote to her followers.
“@aljazskorjanec and I have been cuddling and watching films, TV series and trying to enjoy our time just us two as much as we can before our lives change forever, for the better.”
The pair will also be starring together in their joint live show this winter, called Aljaz and Janette Dancing in a Winter Wonderland.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One from 6:30pm.
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