Strictly’s Judi Love says her late mum and dad would be ‘proud’ of her on show

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Judi Love has spoken out on her late mum and dad as she competes in the popular BBC competition show Strictly Come Dancing.

The 41 year old, who is partnered with professional dancer Graziano di Prima, lost her mum back in 2009 after a battle with dementia, while her father sadly passed away in April this year.

Loose Women panellist Judi said she knows her parents would be "proud" of her on the show as she explained that they loved to do the Waltz and the Jive themselves.

When asked what she thinks they would say if they could see her today, Judi explained: "My sister texted me the other day asking how things were going, and I told her we were starting soon, and she said, 'Don’t forget, Mummy used to love dancing.'

"That really warmed my heart because all these memories of her dancing around the house during my childhood came back to me.

"She would be the proudest Jamaican mum ever! She’d be the only person allowed to come and see me. And she would love Graziano."

Judi, who recently said she leans on Graziano for support, added of her late father: "He’d be very happy. My parents were born in the 1930s, so their style of dancing was similar to the Waltz and the Jive.

"I think they’d both be really excited and proud and happy."

The comedian shared the devastating news of her dad's death on her Instagram feed, sharing a heartwarming snap with her late dad earlier this year.

Holding his arm, Judi could be seen smiling widely into the camera as her dad mirrored her grin.

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She wrote alongside the snap: “I feel empty and heartbroken for many reasons. RIP Dad. These last few weeks I tried to make you comfortable, I tried to get to you dad, I really did. Rest Well.”

Fellow comedian Dane Baptiste shared his condolences as he wrote underneath: “Love and light to him. My condolences. Dad is at peace now Judi and we are here for you xx.”

While talk show host and journalist Trisha Goddard commented: “So sorry for you lose, Judy. Sending love.”

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Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis, award-winning documentary maker Stacey Dooley and Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver also passed on their sympathies.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight on BBC.

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