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love match Grainne Seoige reveals how husband Leon Jordaan has changed her life

The couple tied the knot in 2019


Gráinne Seoige and Leon Jordaan

Gráinne Seoige and Leon Jordaan

Gráinne Seoige and Leon Jordaan

Dancing With The Stars contestant Grainne Seoige gushed about her husband Leon, and confessed that he changed her life.

In week five of the show, the 48-year-old dedicated her dance to Africa by Toto to her South African husband of 2 years Leon Jordaan.

Grainne announced her engagement to Leon in 2014 before tying the knot in 2019.

“When dedicated dance week came around it was a no-brainer for me to dedicate it to Leon,” she told reporters.

The couple moved to South Africa to run a bespoke diamond business before they returned to live in Ireland in December 2020.

“We have come through an incredible few years together, you know moving to the other side of the world, getting engaged, getting married, moving back, it’s been an amazing time in my life," she continued.

“I left where I was comfortable and went to the other side of the world; learned a new language and a new culture and way of life and business, so he has really changed my life."

“It really didn't occur to me to think of anyone else but when you put it out there and you begin to speak about it then you realise ‘yeah, you're bearing your soul a small bit here’ but actually I'm glad I did it and I don't regret it at all.”

Discussing her time on the show she said she has had a wonderful journey so far.

“It does knock stripes off you, this show, it does take corners off you but it's in a good way and I feel better in every way for doing it,” she said.

Further discussing her vulnerabilities, Grainne said that by signing up to the show you’re putting yourself in a vulnerable position.

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“By signing yourself up for a show like this you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position,” she said.

“Everybody I talk to who is in the media industry - other TV presenters they see it and they feel it and they go ‘wow you're very brave’ because they know that you're leaving your area of expertise and setting yourself up for judgement and criticism.”

“When you start, you have no idea how it's going to go,” she continued.

“There's no sure thing you could be gone in week two, you could injure yourself and it could be really really bad.”

“When you're starting like I did with no dance experience you really don't know how it's going to pan out.”

The TV presenter said that by being on the show “you're going to show your anxiety and your nerves and your excitement and your fear… and that [sick] feeling you get on Sunday night when the music starts.”

Being open and vulnerable seems to be paying off for the Galway woman as she revealed that upon setting up a new Instagram account she has received many messages of love and support - but not one single negative comment.

“I haven't had one bad comment, really and truly,” she said.

“I think Instagram anyway is a more supportive place, that's been my experience for the last number of years.”

“I think if you want abuse… go to Twitter,” she joked.

“I haven't had one bad comment, hand on heart, it’s been lovely.”

“I’ve had a lot of support from the West,” she added.

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