Annabel Croft credits Strictly for 'giving her a reason' during 'incredibly dark time' in her life after the loss of  husband Mel Coleman to cancer

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Annabel Croft has credited Strictly Come Dancing for 'giving her a reason' during an 'incredibly acheronian time' successful her life. 

The former tennis player, 57, lost her husband, Mel Coleman, and begetter to their 3 children Charlie, Amber and Lilly, earlier this year, aged 60, a fewer weeks aft he was diagnosed pinch shape 3 cancer.

Appearing connected Friday's Good Morning Britain, Annabel was joined by her professional partner Johannes Radebe, 36, arsenic they discussed their clip connected the BBC ballroom creation contest. 

Praising nan show, she said: 'Every clip I get to spell nan workplace I americium truthful grateful. It's travel astatine specified an incredibly acheronian clip successful my life. I don't wherever I would beryllium without it. 

'I ever said that I ne'er really knew grief. I had nary conception of it. It's fixed maine a logic to be capable to get up successful a greeting and person intent alternatively than conscionable sobbing astatine home, which does still hap sometimes.'

Hope: Annabel Croft, 57, has credited Strictly Come Dancing for 'giving her a reason' during an 'incredibly acheronian time' successful her life (pictured with professional partner Johannes Radebe)

Annabel added: 'It's astir being capable to usage your assemblage to get things retired is truthful incredible.

'Normally, I americium a runner but dancing conscionable gives you that buzz. I deliberation I'm fitter than I ever person been. I consciousness much supple than I ever have.'

Former America's Cup yachtsman Mel passed away conscionable 2 months aft he started complaining of tummy pain.

And Annabel precocious told Lorraine Kelly during an quality connected her ITV1 show how dancing has helped her remainder her encephalon from 'thinking excessively galore acheronian thoughts'.

She said: 'It's been a bully distraction from grief.

'It's been bully to do thing joyful and usage my assemblage and effort to remainder my encephalon from reasoning excessively galore acheronian thoughts.'

The power presenter antecedently revealed she was successful a acheronian spot pursuing Mel's passing and she cried each time successful nan weeks pursuing nan loss.

Before Strictly, she said she hoped nan gruelling training schedule would thief take her mind disconnected nan heartache and help her 'find immoderate joyfulness'.

Devastating: The erstwhile tennis subordinate mislaid her husband, Mel Coleman earlier this year, aged 60, a fewer weeks aft he was diagnosed pinch shape 3 crab (pictured successful June 2021)

Support: Appearing connected Friday's GMB, Annabel was joined by her master partner Johannes Radebe , 36, arsenic they discussed their clip connected nan BBC show

Amazing: Praising nan show, she said: 'Every clip I get to spell nan workplace I americium truthful grateful. It's travel astatine specified an incredibly acheronian clip successful my life. I don't wherever I would beryllium without it'

Since being connected nan show, Annabel has revealed that her spirits are higher and nan title has allowed her to get stuck into a caller challenge.

Annabel said her Strictly partner Johannes is 'the astir astonishing quality being' arsenic she applauded his kindness and patience.

Annabel said: 'I person struck gold. Johannes is conscionable nan astir astonishing quality being.

'You person nan astir astonishing energy, unthinkable kindness and patience. You are an unbelievable dancer, but besides an unbelievable teacher.'

But her clip connected nan dancefloor will beryllium bittersweet without her hubby of 31 years location to cheer her on.

'He ever loved nan show and he utilized to outcry watching it,' she said previously. 'So I'm wholly heartbroken that he's not present to watch pinch me.'

Just weeks aft Mel's death, Annabel was bravely backmost astatine work, conducting post-match interviews arsenic portion of nan BBC's sum of nan Wimbledon finals and overseeing nan ceremonial successful which winners Marketa Vondrousova and Carlos Alcaraz received their trophies.

Mel, a successful finance banker who took portion successful nan America's Cup and much precocious ran a tennis schoolhouse pinch his wife, was noted for his apparently cleanable wellness and, for illustration Annabel, enjoyed an progressive outdoors lifestyle.

After Covid lockdowns, nan 2 of them converted an aged transportation van into a mobile location and took it astir nan state and into Europe connected stepping holidays.

Shortly aft he died, Annabel said: 'My beloved hubby Mel passed distant peacefully connected Wednesday greeting aft a short conflict pinch cancer.

'My family and I are wholly heartbroken and inquire for privateness astatine this very sad time.'

Earlier this twelvemonth Annabel, a erstwhile British number one, recalled that her way crossed pinch Mel's rather by chance erstwhile she was astatine a situation point.

Aged 21, she was astatine nan US Open having a pep talk from chap subordinate John Newcombe, who suggested that she should deliberation astir what she wanted to do pinch her life arsenic she seemed unhappy.

She had been connected nan tennis circuit for astir six years and was lonely, stressed and mislaid by nan demands of incessantly competing.

Performing: 'It's fixed maine a logic to beryllium capable to get up successful a greeting and person intent alternatively than conscionable sobbing astatine home, which does still hap sometimes,' she said

Long-term love: The mates pictured together successful 1996 - their paths crossed quite by chance erstwhile Annabel was astatine a situation constituent successful her life

Tough time: Annabel had been connected nan tennis circuit for astir six years and was lonely, stressed and mislaid by nan demands of competing erstwhile she met Mel - Pictured: At Wimbledon successful 1987

'As we were having this chat, I sewage a matter from my mother saying nan BBC accumulation agency successful Belfast were asking whether I'd beryllium willing successful filming a programme astir yacht racing.

'I'd ne'er been connected a yacht before, but it ended up pinch me, Eamonn Holmes and Peter Skellern going disconnected to Guernsey to sprout a programme wherever we learnt really to title a yacht.

'Mel, who had conscionable sewage backmost from Australia aft nan America's Cup, was 1 of nan yachtsmen and that is really we met.

'After a day's filming we'd each spell to nan pub, person meal – it sounds weird, but I'd ne'er really done that – and I retrieve thinking, gosh this is really nosy and normal, and I want a spot much of this alternatively than getting up and putting connected a tracksuit and stressing astir whether my backhand is moving today.' They joined six years later.


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