Shirley Ballas speaks out
Shirley Ballas has revealed that she often suffers in silence “like a lot of women”, even before she was found to have an abnormally high level of testosterone.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge, 61, was recently told by her doctor following tests that the level of testosterone in her body was “that of a man”.
In an interview with Times 2, Ballas has admitted that before this news she had been hiding for months that she felt permanently tired, suffered insomnia and found it difficult to lose weight.
She told the paper: “For a while I’ve felt I have to push my buttons to get going.
“But then suddenly it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ and I put this mask on because that’s your job.”
The professional dance coach revealed she is unsure when she started to feel out of sorts, adding: “It’s hard to pinpoint. I don’t know whether it’s got something to do with lockdown.
“Then there’s all this anxiety when you go back out into the workplace, the virus is still there and I have to meet a lot of people because I run two jobs.
“My life is like a tumble dryer and – like a lot of women – I suffer in silence.
“You’ve constantly got this on switch; the off switch only comes at night when you’re on your own and you go into this dark place.”
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