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Strictly Come Dancing’s Angela Rippon’s ‘painful’ split from husband as show exit ‘sealed’


Nov 18, 2023

Strictly Come Dancing's Angela Rippon has lit up the ballroom this season.

The 79-year-old has been partnered with Kai Widdrington in 2023's battle to win the Glitterball. The two are set to take to the dancefloor once again to perform an American Smooth tonight for Blackpool week.

The Rip Off Britain presenter will be hoping to avoid the same fate as last week when she found herself in the dance-off. However, Angela's exit could be sealed as she is the bookies favourite to leave the show this weekend.

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A spokesperson for Bet Victor is confident Angela's stint on Strictly will come to an end this week. Sam Boswell said: "She has survived both dance-offs, firstly against Adam and last weekend against Krishnan. I think she’s at risk this weekend.” Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

As Angela's time could be about to come to an end, we have taken a look at her life away from the dancefloor. The presenter started her career in 1966 at BBC South West and has been in the limelight ever since as she has hosted shows such as Antiques Roadshow, Top Gear and the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.

Away from the screen, Angela was married to her childhood sweetheart Christopher Dare from 1967 – 1989 before they separated. Angela opened up about this period when she was aged 60 during an interview with Modern & Mature.

She said: "It was a stress, of course it was. It was a very stressful period for all sorts of reasons. My immediate feeling was, 'Oh God, I've failed at this'. But in fact, he and I are still good friends. I talk to him on the phone a couple of times a month. We email each other. He lives in Spain now with his partner, Judy. We exchange cards at birthdays and Christmas. Judy kind of updates me on what they're doing with their home down in Spain. It's a good relationship for all of us."

Angela has had relationships since the split but she has opted to keep them "private". She told Prima: "I was married for 25 years and when we were parting, Christopher told me, 'I got fed up of people coming to our house all the time'. It made me realise that when you do a job that's public-facing, you have to respect the privacy of your partner.

"Hardly anybody – beyond my very close circle of friends – would know who my partners have been over the past several years." According to Mirror Online, Angela has since told Mail Online that she enjoys single life and doesn't harbour any wish to walk down the aisle again. She said in 2015: "I've discovered I'm very happy being single. I suppose, if I'm honest, when your heart is broken it's painful and I don't want to go there again.”

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