James Jordan has revealed he’s facing a “difficult” first Christmas without his dad, Allan.
Allan died in March this year after battling an inoperable brain tumour.
James Jordan on Strictly the Real Full Monty
The dancer previously said he’s doing the show in honour of his dad.
James has now spoken about facing his first Christmas without his beloved dad.
He told Hello! magazine: “Christmas this year is going to be especially difficult. I think it will be different because it’s the first Christmas without my dad.
“Normally we’ll all be at my mum and dad’s, but this year I don’t think my mum wants to be at home doing Christmas dinner by herself.
“So we’re all going to a local restaurant near them for Christmas dinner instead. Which we would never normally do, we’d normally always do Christmas at home.”
Meanwhile, James opened up about doing Strictly the Real Full Monty.
He said doing the show and “listening to stories of how other people deal with things and how they navigate their grief” was “inspiring”.
James also admitted he “couldn’t have done it without” his wife Ola.
Ola added that returning to Blackpool where James’ dad last watched the couple dance together was like “therapy” for her husband.
Last month, James hit back at trolls who targeted him for doing the ITV show.
After revealing he would be doing the show, a troll tweeted James: “Who wants to see a wrinkly old man in the buffers?”
However, James hit back: “Have you been asked too?”
The troll then said: “I wouldn’t lower myself tbh, ha ha ha.”
James shut the user down, writing: “You do realise it’s all to raise awareness to cancer. I’m doing it in memory of my dad who I lost from cancer. I personally couldn’t think of a better reason.”
Strictly the Real Full Monty begins on ITV, tonight, at 9pm.
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