Strictly Come Dancing's Aliona Vilani quit the show to have children

Published Wednesday, Dec 23 2015, 11:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Strictly Come Dancing star Aliona Vilani has quit the show to start a family, according to reports.

Following her win with The Wanted star Jay McGuinness on this year's series, Aliona announced she had decided to leave Strictly after seven years dancing on the show.

Now, reports have revealed the reason behind her exit is so she can focus on becoming a mum.

Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness' Showdance on Strictly Come Dancing 2015.
19 December 2015.

© BBC/Guy Levy

According to The Sun, being on Strictly was putting Aliona's baby plan on hold.

A source told the paper: "Aliona loves children and is ready to have a family. As much as she loves Strictly she doesn't want to put her plans for a baby on hold any more. They are going to start trying straight away."

Aliona is married to husband Vincent Kavanagh. The pair tied the knot last year and have recently had to bat off claims of being hit by the Strictly curse, after it was rumoured Aliona and her dance partner Jay were romantically linked.

After being crowned the winner of Strictly, Jay made sure to set the record straight on such romances, insisting the pair are just good friends.

He recently said: "When you dance with someone you have to create romance sometimes and people then want to see that almost."

"We did something that so few people do together," he added. "I genuinely will treasure it forever. Honestly, you spend that many hours together you talk about every single thing, like the most trivial and the most pretentious, literally everything. No matter what happens you get a best friend out of Strictly."

Aliona Vilani and her husband Vincent Kavanagh at the airport
21 December

© Twitter / @AlionaVilani

Aliona with her husband Vincent.

His comments were followed by Aliona annoucing her exit from Strictly on Twitter.

Taking to the social media site, she addressed fans and said: "Going into this Strictly Come Dancing series13, I decided that no matter what would happen, it will be my last one."

Aliona - who has won the competition before with McFly's Harry Judd - then credited her last series to be the best one she has experienced from her seven years on the show.

Since announcing she has quit, the professional dancer has jetted off to Florida with her husband Vincent to catch up with her relatives. Sharing a photo of herself and Vincent at the airport (top), she tweeted: "Florida bound to see family! #HappyHolidays."

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