Debbie McGee has said that taking dancing seriously helped her find a new lease of life after the death of her husband, magician Paul Daniels.
The 63-year-old, who was her husband’s “charming assistant” in their magic shows, was married to Daniels for 28 years until he died of a brain tumor aged 77 in March. 2016.
Talk to Hello! magazine about how her time on Serious in 2017 helped after Daniels’ death, McGee said: “I had the best partner in Giovanni, and I was back in business one day. Again.
“People know who I was before, but I’m still the magician’s assistant.
“Since right, I’ve been Debbie McGee in my own right.”
McGee was a finalist with professional partner Giovanni Pernice on the 15th series of the BBC celebrity dance competition and also won the 2019 Christmas special.
She also talked about the pain of losing Daniels and working through her grief, saying, “What grief counselors tell you is that it’s not time to heal, but you have to build a life. bigger around his pain.
“And that is how I feel. I’ve had this wonderful life with Paul, and going through all of this reminds me of all that we’ve done.
“I have lived a princess life. Usually, if you’re doing a double act, when one partner goes, the other partner gets stuck. The power of both is gone.”
McGee also revealed that she will be auctioning off some of Daniels’ properties to give the magical community “a little something of Paul”.
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“I don’t have to be attached to all of this – my memories are what I have,” she said.
“For the magical world to have just a little bit of Paul is a big thing.”
The full interview with Debbie McGee is available on Hello! magazine, out now.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/debbie-mcgee-says-strictly-helped-reshape-her-life-after-paul-daniels-death-42071205.html Debbie McGee says Seriousness helped reshape her life after Paul Daniels’ death