Strictly divorcee Arlene Phillips

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 October 2010
Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips

Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Arlene Phillips admits she was left feeling like a divorcee after leaving the panel in 2008

Arlene Phillips "feels like a divorcee" since leaving 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The choreographer - who was a judge on the ballroom dance show from its launch in 2004, until she was replaced by Alesha Dixon in the 2009 series - admits her life completely changed after she was ousted from the show, and that her family preferred their lives before she agreed to take part.

She said: "I feel like the divorcee who's not invited to the events any more.

"You know, it's very interesting. I've embraced what's happened in my life but I call it Before and After Strictly. I think my life Before Strictly was a lot simpler, and I think my family, my husband preferred it that way. Now, After, time is pretty short."

Despite being sad to leave the show, Arlene, 67, hopes to use her time there to improve her work as a choreographer.

She explained to the Guardian newspaper: "I loved my life, I loved what it was, but now I've got to make as much as I can of what happened.

"It changed my life so completely. So many interesting things have happened since my departure from 'Strictly' - so many things I've been invited to do. It certainly feels like I could go anywhere and do anything. But I have to remember that I am a choreographer.

"Ultimately, that's what I do. It's been fun and exciting to try other things. With my age, it feels like you should slow down - but I don't want to. And I'm loving everything that's happening. I'm loving life."

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