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Janette Manrara: Strictly star is set to conceive with husband Aljaz ‘Ready to be parents’

Janette Manrara, 37, has said she will begin trying for a baby with husband Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, following their recent separate living arrangements, as they complied with Strictly Come Dancing’s COVID regulations. The professional dancer admitted that it would never be the “perfect time” to start a family, but it is now “the right time” for them to begin conceiving.

She revealed: “We always wanted to have a baby, but 2020 has definitely made me say to myself, ‘You know what, Janette, it’s never going to be the perfect time but it’s always going to be the right time.’”

Janette admitted that it was a “scary” decision to make, as she relies on her body as a dancer.

She continued: “I always thought there would be a perfect month and year, but what 2020 has made me realise is that the perfect time is never going to come along.’

The TV star insisted that she and Aljaz are “ready to be parents”.

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She gushed that her husband of three years is well prepared for fatherhood, as Janette called him a “wonderful man”.

The Miami native explained to Hello! Magazine: ‘We’re definitely ready to be parents so we will see when that moment comes – you can’t plan it – we will be beside ourselves and Aljaz will be the best dad.”

The performer is currently celebrating a career-high as she reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing last year, alongside her dance partner HRVY.

However, Janette said the most difficult part of the contest was being away from her husband, as owing to COVID restrictions she was not allowed near him.

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In the past, the couple have spoken of their gruelling work schedule which results in them spending extended periods apart, however, this is the first time they have lived apart.

Janette revealed: “With Strictly Come Dancing, it’s seven days a week straight through, and then the other six months of the year, we’re normally touring, so again we’re non-stop.

“We’re never really home, we only come home to repack and then leave again.”

However, with the recent lockdown forcing the closures of theatres indefinitely, many in creative industries saw their wages reduced or stopped and opportunities to perform a rarity.

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Janette continued: “So although yes, financially it was tough, we did lose three tours,” she added on the Steths, Drugs & Rock’ n’ Roll podcast hosted by Dr Ranj Singh.

This year Strictly had a much shorter run time than previous years, to cut down the number of people involved and reduce the number of bubbles needing to be formed.

On Instagram, Janette wrote that although this series was “tough,” she is proud of what she and HRVY “accomplished”.

The star wrote: “I could not be prouder of everything that @hrvy and I accomplished together on @bbcstrictly.

2020 has been really tough, but #Strictly brought back so much joy to everyone’s homes on Saturday nights!”

When asked at the time what they would do once reunited, Janette told The Sun: ‘Oh my gosh. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this publicly, put it that way!

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“Let’s just say we won’t mind being in a lockdown, I’ll tell you that. It’s been a tough year in many ways but we’ll make up for it!”

Janette had been living alone in an apartment since October, while Aljaz returned to their home after being voted out of the show alongside his partner DJ Clara Amfo.


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