Shirley Ballas has enjoyed a brilliant career on the dance floor and is now a more respected chief judge of Strictly Come Dancing.
However, once she leaves the studio, all the charms and flashes of showbusiness will retreat to the second line, and focus on the people who need her more than ever – her mother.
The 81-year-old Audrey was suffering from cancer, and Shirley turned quietly to help her through the storm.
When she was talking about her mother’s illness for the first time, the 58-year-old Shirley said: “She was diagnosed earlier this year. But she is a problem, we are dealing with it.”
The couple said at least four times a day and spent as much as possible together. In recent months, Shirley began to appreciate her mother’s courage and strength.
She went on to say: “I came to see her in the summer to take care of her, I must learn to be a nurse.
“I will put her food on the tray on her bed, I will stand there, it seems, ‘Is it okay?’
“She will say, ‘You are doing very well. Maybe next time you add salt.”
Shirley smiled and said: “I am doing very well. I cook for her, do all the washing, cleaning and injection.
“I will make mashed potatoes and salmon, but there are no other vegetables. She has nothing green.
“And I am not sure if I will have any benefit because I am a terrible chef.
“I tried to cook an egg, then it exploded and hit the ceiling!”
Audrey decided not to have chemotherapy, and Shirley had a decision from her son Mark (32).
They are very close. Over the years, they have been celebrating their climax and together they have weathered the trough.
Shirley’s younger brother, David, committed suicide 15 years after suffering depression.
She went on to say: “David died during Christmas, so when we ran to the present, I usually found that emotions are changing. “No one saw it coming.
“My mother went to visit him for six weeks when he was low. He came down and saw Mark singing in the church choir. That was the day he chose to commit suicide.
“When I started to feel like I was going to enter a solemn place, I would try to relive the good times.
“Fortunately, I have a mother who wants to talk to me. My son is a huge confidante. Mom is a star who can raise two children and pass what she has. But she never complains or swears. I Really lucky.”
When she talked about helping others, Shirley said: “For all those who struggle and suffer, my heart confides to them, especially at Christmas.
“I don’t want anyone to go through our family.
“You don’t need to suffer alone. Please contact. Someone cares.”
Shirley believes that David’s early encouragement is a powerful tool for her to become the world’s ballroom champion three times.
When he left Strictly, she turned to the coach and filled Len Goodman’s shoes.
She has a long way to go before she grows up at the Leasowe Parliament House in Worasi, Merseyside.
“People said to me, ‘Hey, you are so lucky,’ but I have worked for everything I have for 50 years, not all smooth sailing, and it’s easy,” Shirley said.
When talking about David, she added: “We continue to move forward, but we will never forget. The pain will never disappear, and the responsibility that it creates is that it did not do more at the time.”
Shirley suffered more heartache in 2007, when her second marriage, married other dance expert Corky, ended 23 years later.
Then, just a few days before Strictly last year, Corky revealed the secrets of their relationship.
But Shirley didn’t complain, saying: “I think he regrets writing. We move on, I admire him because he is the father of my son.”
Shirley admits that in a man’s industry, it may be difficult to fight the “male bully” and cheer the support of a group of close friends.
They include her best friend of Terri for 30 years – our house today.