Shirley Ballas says ex Corky put cockroach in food during pregnancy amid fat shaming her

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, 60, was married to Corky Ballas, 59, from 1985 to 2007. They share 34-year-old son Mark together. In an abstract from her new autobiography Behind The Sequins obtained by The Sun, the dancer claims her ex-husband fat shamed her during her pregnancy and even hid a cockroach in her food to stop her eating.

He started monitoring everything I ate

Shirley Ballas

Recalling the time, she quotes Corky as saying: “‘Get too big and I’m out the door. I don’t do fat, Shirley’.”

She added: “He started monitoring everything I ate, then he secretly got hold of my doughnut box and hid a large cockroach under the glazing.

“When I ate my next doughnut, the cockroach crackled in my mouth with the legs dangling on the outside.

“This made me vomit straight away.

“No doubt he thought this ‘creative’ solution was to ‘save me from myself’ and that I would ultimately thank him, but for anybody to want to do this to a pregnant woman is hard to believe.” has contacted a representative for Corky for comment.

Shirley and Corky got together after she split from first husband Sammy Stopford in 1984.

She previously said she was first attracted to Corky because he was different.

“It was all champagne and parties. My head was completely turned.

“He took risks and grabbed life. He was absolutely bulletproof,” she divulged.

Corky previously said living and working with Shirley took its toll on their marriage.

He told The Sun: “We would argue every single day. We could have a blazing row and come out on the dancefloor, and you could never tell.”

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Shirley is now in a relationship with actor Danny Taylor.

The couple met during rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk, which they starred in over the Christmas period in 2018.

In September last year, the Strictly judge gushed over Danny being “the one” for her.

She said she also wouldn’t rule out a third marriage with her new beau.

“I would marry him tomorrow, if he asked me,” the mother-of-one confessed.

“If this is what love is I have never experienced it before. I met him in late November and he was going through a difficult time with his ex.

“I met him at a difficult time in his life and we became friends first.

“We did not get together until February as a couple,” she added to The Sun.

Shirley Ballas’ book Behind The Sequins is out now and available to buy here.

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