Shirley Ballas reveals plans to quit Strictly for drastic career change


STRICTLY star Shirley Ballas says she fancies swapping the glamorous world of ballroom for life as a pig farmer.

The show’s head judge said she’d gladly ditch the dresses and sequins she wears on the BBC One dance contest in favour of a simpler existence.

Shirley, 62, would gladly leave her role on Strictly in favour of a simpler existence.

Shirley has been seduced by the delights of the countryside by her nature-loving son

Merseysider Shirley, 62, has been seduced by the delights of the countryside by her nature-loving son, Mark Ballas, and his wife, singer songwriter BC Jean.

She said: “One day I’d like to get the welly boots on and go on to a farm and clean up the animals – no makeup, welly boots and a big over-Mac.

“People see me on Strictly all glammed up but really deep down inside I love all the activities that people would never expect I would love.

“My daughter-in-law, she would like nothing more than a big farm and lots of animals. She’s very much about nature, very much about the world and saving it.

”She’s just a fantastic human being and I would never say no to living on a farm.”

Shirley’s not the first Strictly celebrity to have dabbled in rural living as an escape from the heady world of showbiz.

After winning the dance contest in 2019 with Oti Mabuse, he bought a farm in the Peak District with his wife,  Liz and their four children.

Other stars who’ve gone on to start their own farms include Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, actress Sheridan Smith and Blur muso Alex James.