PUBLISHED: 22:37, Wed, Sep 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:38, Wed, Sep 30, 2020
Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, 60, has opened up about the moment she fell out with Craig Revel Horwood, 55, because he made a lewd joke about her breasts. The former professional dancer admitted Craig’s comments “unleashed years of pain” at the time.
In her new autobiography, Behind The Sequins, Shirley recalled Craig making the remarks to a crowded room on a book tour during her second series on the BBC show.
She says: “It was awful and very, very painful.
“It brought up a lot of things from my past that I thought I’d dealt with.”
The star went on to claim: “Once again, I was propelled back to my toughest days with [ex-husband] Corky, when he would make comments about my appearance: my crooked teeth, my nose, my a**e that was too big.
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Shirley Ballas addresses row with Craig Revel Horwood over 'painful' jibes (Image: WENN)
Shirley Ballas shared details about her argument with Craig in her new book (Image: GETTY)
“All those insults just came flying back as I read what Craig had said, apparently in jest."
Shirley also revealed she told Craig how his comments made her feel in showdown talks.
The dance expert told him: “I’m your colleague. I should feel safe around you. You should feel like a protector to me and I should to you.
“If I have to worry every time you go out that you’re going to talk about me, that doesn’t make me feel good about being on this show.’”
Craig Revel Horwood apologised to Shirley Ballas for his comments (Image: GETTY)