Debbie McGee said Strictly Come Dancing helped her find a new life after the death of her husband, magician Paul Daniels.
The 63-year-old, who was her husband’s “glamorous assistant” during their magic shows, was married to Daniels for 28 years until he died of brain cancer in March 2016 at the age of 77.
Talking to Hello! Magazine about how her time at Strictly helped in 2017 after Daniel’s death, McGee said, “I had the best partner in Giovanni and I was back in show business.
“People knew who I was before that, but I was still the wizard’s assistant.
“Since Strictly, I’ve been Debbie McGee myself.”
McGee was a finalist with professional partner Giovanni Pernice during the 15th series of the BBC Celebrity Dance Competition and also won the 2019 Christmas Special.
She also spoke about the pain of losing Daniels and processing her grief, saying: “Bereavement counselors tell you it’s not time to heal, you need to build a bigger life around your grief.
“And that’s how I feel. I had this amazing life with Paul and going through all of those things reminds me of everything we’ve done.
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“I’ve lived the life of a princess. Usually when you are in a double act, when one partner leaves, the other fights. The strength of the two is gone.”
McGee also announced that she will be auctioning off some of Daniels’ possessions to offer “a little bit of Pauls” to the magical community.
She said: “I don’t have to hold onto all of this – my memories are what I have.
“For the magical world to have even a little bit of Paul’s is a big deal.”
The full interview with Debbie McGee is in Hello! Magazine, out now.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/debbie-mcgee-says-strictly-helped-reshape-her-life-after-paul-daniels-death-42071483.html Debbie McGee Says Strictly Helped Reshape Her Life After Paul Daniels’ Death