Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke has given a rare insight into his family life as father to twins as he backs the BBC show for being at ”the forefront of inclusivity” after first same sex male couple and deaf contestant
Strictly’s Anton Du Beke has offered rare insight into his family life as he’s told he tries to avoid gender stereotyping when raising his twins.
The Strictly Come Dancing stalwart, 55, is father to four-year-old twins, George and Henrietta and together with his wife Hannah.
Anton says as parents he and Hannah have given “no encouragement in either direction” around gender – instead giving them free reign to choose their own clothes and toys.
Speaking to Hello magazine, he explained: “We’ve told them, ‘You can do what you like, wear what you like,’ but George likes Spiderman and Hot Wheels, and Henrietta likes butterflies and unicorns,” he said.
“He crashes around more than she does. But there was no encouragement in either direction.”
Anton, who married marketing executive Hannah in 2017, appears to be adopting the polar opposite experience for his own children, after he himself admitted he had a tough childhood as at the hands of his “aggressive father”.
He previously told The Express:”It was a different time and you’d have the belt taken to you and stuff like that.”
When his parents divorced, he became estranged from his father and only heard of him again when he died back in 2001.
But it was his Spanish mother, who encouraged his passion for dance – which no doubt paid off when he proved himself as a Strictly pro.
Anton openly admits he’s nothing but praise for the show which made him a household name, and is especially proud of its longevity to continue to be at the “forefront of inclusivity”.
He told Hello: “This year is no different with John Whaite and Johannes Radebe dancing together, and Rose being the first deaf person in the competition.
“It just goes to show how Strictly mirrors what is going on in the wider society.”
He added: “Through my years of watching professional dance, more often than not I’ve seen two men – Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, for example – but interestingly, rarely two women.”
And as Strictly fans are still coming down after the thrill of watching Rose Aylis Ellis and Giovanni Pernice lift the trophy, the judges thoughts are already turning to doing it all again next year.
Anton added that he would be “delighted” to return to the show in future if he was asked.