Sara Davies admits ‘curse was one of the reasons’ she wanted Aljaž as her Strictly partner
Strictly: Sara Davies says she’s ‘lost’ without Aljaz
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37-year-old business woman Sara Davies, who rose to fame on Dragons’ Den, has been married to her husband, 41-year-old Simon, for the past 14 years.
The pair met when Sara was just 15, working as a scorer for her local cricket team.
[The Strictly curse] was never going to apply to me
“We’ve been together forever and our relationship is built on trust and fidelity, so [the Strictly curse] would never be an issue,” she explained.
“It was never going to apply to me because of how much I love my husband.”
Plus, her partnership with Slovenian dancer and choreographer Aljaž Škorjanec was a perfect match, as he is in a committed marriage to wife Janette Manrara as well.
“I said I would only want Aljaž as my partner – and the curse was one of the biggest reasons for that,” Sara added to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine.
“They never talk about the Strictly curse in relation to him and his partners, and maybe that’s because of Janette.”
The so-called Strictly “curse” sees contestants end current relationships to start romances with their dance partners during or after the show.
Sara went on to hint that her newfound stamina from dance training has improved her marriage to Simon, cheekily adding: “Trust me, he’s loving life…”
Sara sailed through to week eight of the competition with Aljaž, finally performing an Argentine Tango to ‘No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)’ before bowing out.
Meanwhile, her husband had been making sure her success didn’t cause complacency or big headedness.
“Simon is not a complimentary person,” she explained.
“He’s the one who keeps my feet on the ground.
“While everyone else is telling me how awesome I am, he won’t overdo it.”
It seems as though Simon shares those traits with Sara’s father Frank, who bluntly told her she “wasn’t good enough” when she first started the competition, claiming that she was “overweight” and lacked talent.
“My dad, who is Frank by name, frank by nature, said: ‘You’re just not good enough, kid – you’re overweight, you’ve got no musicality, you’ve got two left feet, you can’t move your body,'” Sara confessed.
However, doctors had confirmed before the competition that she needed to lose two stone in weight to “get my BMI in a good place”.
“At first I was gutted, as I was getting on the scales every week and I wasn’t losing anything,” the Crafter’s Companion boss lamented.
“I’ve never worked so hard in my life, so it should have been dropping off.”
Fortunately, Sara has now noticed she is “definitely toning up” and that her clothes nearly fell off her during one routine.
“I’ve even had to buy new leggings. We were filming a video and I had to stop halfway to tell Aljaž that my trousers were falling down!”
“I hate going to the gym,” she chuckled, “but I’ve just been prancing around feeling a million dollars with my trousers falling down!”
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