Following their infamous spat on Strictly Come Dancing earlier on in this year’s show, it seems that dancer Brendan Cole and head judge Shirley Ballas may have finally made peace.
After he danced away with the trophy on the show’s Christmas special, his partner, BBC presenter Katie Derham, revealed the two were finally talking.
Brendan and Katie performed a Snow Queen-themed Viennese Waltz for which Shirley giving them a 10.
Katie said “It was amazing when Shirley gave us a ten — I love her. I looked like a grinning lunatic.”
She went on to reveal the truce, saying that Shirley spoke to Brendan backstage.
She said, “Emotions run high on that show and everyone has their moments, but Shirley was very friendly to us backstage, so obviously whatever tiff they had has ended.”
The dancer from New Zealand is rumoured to have refused to talk to the new judge off camera, since she came on board.
With many not knowing if it was because she got Len Goodman’s old seat, or whether it was because she was a good friend of Brendan’s ex, dancer Camilla Dallerup.
Talking about her fallout with Brendan, Shirley told The Sun: “He’s confrontational. Every other professional was extremely respectful, very well-mannered, ‘How are you Mrs Ballas? You’re doing a good job’.
“I was quite surprised. I got my feelings hurt because when he was with Camilla all those years ago they came to our home, had dinner.”
“But again, in my industry I’m used to that.”
“He’s going on chat shows saying, ‘I’m her equal’ and this, that and the other. I don’t need to put somebody else down to build myself up.”
Yeah, nobody puts Shirley in the corner!