Anton Du Beke has revealed how he first met his wife by following her to the toilet during a formal dinner.
The 56-year-old Strictly Come Dancing judge met his wife Hannah, 46, at a golf club in 2011.
Speaking to the That Gaby Roslin Podcast, Anton revealed that he didn’t make a good first impression on Hannah at the time.
Strange behavior: Anton Du Beke has revealed how he first met his wife, by following her to the toilet at a formal dinner
He explained, “Towards the end of the dinner she gets up to leave the table and I thought to myself, okay, this is my chance to go and talk to her.”
“I never thought about it enough though, because when you’re at a dinner party like this, there are very few reasons to get up and leave the table, I actually followed her into the ladies room.” Brilliant.
“She goes in I’m three paces behind her I go ah while you’re here I might as well go so I dove into the men then I came out of the men and then I thought oh maybe she has went back to the table and i missed my chance, should i wait here, she may still be here, do i ask someone to check – i can’t do that, it’s ridiculous.
“While I’m thinking about this she comes out of the restroom, I’m standing there outside the ladies room, she stops and she looks at me and says, ‘Did you wait for me outside the restroom?’ And I went, could have been, and she says “weirdo” and walks away.’
Romance: The 56-year-old Strictly Come Dancing judge met his wife Hannah, 46, at a golf club in 2011
However, he managed to win her over and in March 2017, he and Hannah welcomed twins, George and Henrietta.
Elsewhere in the chat, Anton talked about how he defines his career and how he’s come to peace with what he’s accomplished.
He said, “I wish I might have started down the road of becoming a little more dramatic performer, and maybe a more serious, classical performer.”
‘Weirdo’: Speaking to the That Gaby Roslin Podcast, Anton revealed that he didn’t make a good first impression on Hannah at the time
“Because they’re actually held in a slightly different realm, considered a little different than someone in the entertainment world, when you’re an artist of any kind, whether you’re a writer, artist, broadcaster, whatever it is, it is all the same.
“You have all plowed a groove in your own path, you have reached the pinnacle, whatever it is, you are a determined and great artist, but one who is held in a little higher esteem, as they come under the world of classics, sometimes I feel like I wish maybe I’d gone down that road and been held in a slightly different regard.’
He continued, “I have a real problem with the fourth wall, I’m not a fan of it, I don’t like the feeling of them and us, sit there while I do this, you must be amazed because this is serious stuff and you’re going to like it.
Family: However, he managed to win her over and in March 2017 he and Hannah welcomed twins, George and Henrietta (pictured in 2020)
‘I’m not a fan of them and us, audience and artist. I’m much more collaborative than that and I always have been.
“I suppose I was influenced by my heroes, which were actually Fred Astaire and Brucie (Bruce Forsyth), they always had a great connection with the audience, maybe because they’re dancers.
“So if I’m on stage and I want to do something serious, I can do something and I will do something serious, but at some point I’ll probably pull some kind of ridiculous prank or something. When I perform, I have to give the feeling that we are all in it together.’
Career: Elsewhere in the chat, Anton spoke about how he defines his career and how he has come to peace with what he has achieved
Anton also touched on his review style on Strictly, explaining how he always tries to be constructive.
He remembered a dance Kym Marsh did with her partner and how it wasn’t as good that night as it was in rehearsals.
He said: ‘I could see this wasn’t her normal behavior, she looked a bit nervous. So I know, maybe she was just having a funny five minutes, so you can kind of factor it in.
Constructive criticism: Anton also touched on his review style on Strictly, explaining how he tries to always be constructive
“You still have to judge what you see, but you can understand what’s going on. I can put that in my comments. I like to give people comments that might help them move on.’
He also talked about the iconic moment in last season’s Strictly when Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice danced together without music to illustrate what it’s like for Rose as a deaf person.
Anton gushed, “That moment, there was a moment, you take it out of Strictly and just say it as a moment, it was a moment in time.
“It could have been on Strictly Come Dancing, it could have been on anything. It was such an amazing, immaculate moment, captured there forever.
“No matter what we ever do on Strictly Come Dancing, I don’t think anything will ever top it. Everyone will remember that.’
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Inspirational: He also talked about the iconic moment in last season’s Strictly where Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice danced together without music to illustrate what it’s like for Rose as a deaf person