Kate Silverton spills real motivation behind Strictly stint before quitting BBC

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Kate Silverton has exclusively admitted she said yes to Strictly Come Dancing in order to build a second career away from the BBC newsroom.

The TV presenter, who is now a qualified child therapist, told Express.co.uk that taking part in the dance competition in 2018 had allowed her to begin making moves to “follow her passion” in life.

Three years after finishing in eighth place with her professional dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec, Kate quit her role on BBC News.

Sharing her true motivation for signing up to Strictly, Kate admitted: “I’ve always looked forward and I was just following my passion.

“I did Strictly with a view – because it wouldn’t have been my natural leaning, as much as I loved it – but I did it really because I’d sort of had those seeds of wanting to create a second career.

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“I was talking about children’s mental health – I didn’t see it as a career, I see it as my life’s work – and I knew I wanted to talk about children’s mental health.

“And I thought, well, that’s a really good way of having a platform to do that.”

At the time, Kate also confided in Aljaz about her hopes to pursue working in child psychology.

The star revealed she and the Slovenian dance champion are still in touch and that she was delighted to hear he and wife Janette Manrara had fallen pregnant with their first baby, Lyra Rose, who was born in July this year.

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Kate explained she had been in touch with the Strictly pros about their desires to start a family, after facing her own fertility struggles.

The former BBC News host also recalled how much Aljaz had bonded with her son Wilbur, proving he would be a great parent.

She shared: “I’m just watching the journey and delighted for them both, and especially when I think my own journey was quite difficult to get to that point, and they’ve had that challenge too – Janette and I have spoken about that.

“And so, knowing what has gone before, and how they’ve got to this point has not been easy…”

“I mean, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks for my children, because it took us so long to get to that point,” Kate added.

Janette recently revealed that she and Aljaz had been trying to conceive for more than two years before they received the happy news that they were expecting.

Kate also went on a tough journey towards becoming a mum with husband Mike, as she admitted the couple almost gave up hope after five years of difficulties.

“The day that we got married, we accepted we couldn’t have children, and then I fell pregnant naturally at 41 and 42,” she explained.

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