BBC Strictly's Shirley Ballas talks move away from show as she becomes first-time grandma

Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas has admitted she is contemplating leaving the UK following the birth of her first grandchild. The 63-year-old TV judge has revealed she’s thrilled after her son Mark, 37, and his wife BC Jean, 36, welcomed a son named Banksi Wylde Ballas.

The happy news comes after the singer-songwriter, whose real name is Brittany Jean Carlson, suffered a tragic miscarriage last year. Shirley has explained how she hopes to be a hands-on grandparent, despite the fact that her son and daughter-in-law live in Los Angeles.

“One of the biggest thrills in my entire life, with all the ups and downs, and all the accolades, was the birth of my son,” she told OK! Magazine. “I have the opportunity with a grandbaby to be able to go over there.

“I’m extremely fortunate to be in a position now where I can do that, so I’m very excited.” The BBC star added: “Hopefully, there will be more time on the phone because this, in my eyes, will be the most magical child ever.

“Whenever he burps, toots, smiles or giggles I’ll be proud!” she exclaimed. “It’s important for me to be able to spend FaceTime with the baby. It’s a priority, but I really don’t think my family understands.

“I don’t think anybody sits back and thinks, ‘What if I never saw my child for six months?’”

Shirley went on to explain how she has been considering moving back across the pond following the birth of her grandson.

She previously lived there for 11 years, but it could mean some big changes for the star considering her role as Strictly’s head judge.

“I don’t want to be a part-time grandmother,” she divulged. “I want to be there as much as I can be, as much as his mum and dad will allow me to be part of the baby’s life.

“I could spend six months there and six months here – and I can afford to. I don’t want to miss out on my grandbaby. That is instilled in my head.”

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final airs this Saturday at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.


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