Strictlys Shirley Ballas gets emotional as she discusses really hurtful comments from trolls
Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas got emotional on Loose Women as she discussed hurtful comments she's received from trolls.
The ballroom dancing judge, 62, appeared on Wednesday 12 October's episode of Loose Women and spoke about the horrific messages she's sent.
Shirley told the panel: "It's a tough industry and has been a tough industry all my life.
"So Saturdays… Oh I'm getting emotional already. Saturdays are always like going to Disney Land, it's the ultimate job. It's where you really enjoy it."
She continued: "I do read everything. I know people say, 'Oh don't read it', but I think it's quite important.
"I like to feel like I've helped so many people who have mental health issues over the years," she continued. "But it is really hurtful. Some of the language is so explicit I couldn't even retweet them.
"They're so explicit, it's just unfathomable how people think about it."
Speaking about bullying in the industry, Shirley went on to say: "Probably when I was about in my fifties it started to escalate.
"There were certain people who wanted me out the industry. They were stopping my work. I write about this in my book. It makes you resilient."
Shirley's Loose Women appearance comes after Strictly trolls branded her as "sexist" and claimed she favours male contestants on the show.
She told the Loose Women panel: "You don't have to agree with me, I don't have to agree with the panel, they don't have to agree with me. That's okay. But we can still talk to each other in a human-like fashion.”
During Sunday 9 October night's dance off, viewers watched Richie Anderson his pro-partner Giovanni Pernice take oart in the dance off against and Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola.
As judges Craig Revel Horwood, 57, Anton Du Beke, 56, and Motsi Mabuse, 41, chose to save Fleur and Vito, Richie and Giovanna were sent home.
However fans weren't happy when Shirley revealed that she would have saved Richie and Giovanni.
Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Sexist Shirley would have saved Richie over Fleur. Fleur’s dance was elegant and beautiful. She has no credibility as a judge #Strictly."
Despite the negative comments, Shirley revealed on Twitter that she had received many apologies regarding hurtful words and called for to respect from those who watch the show and send messages.
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