Janette Manrara: Strictly pro says toxic relationships brought out least favourite side

Janette Manrara discusses moving plans with Aljaz Skorjanec

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Janette Manrara, 37, said she has removed herself from toxic relationships, after it brought out a side to her which wasn’t her best. The dancer explained she has now learnt when to “filter out” people. 

there were certain relationships with people that were a bit toxic for me

Janette Manrara

The dancer opened up about her thought process with Psychotherapist Kevin Guthrie on his podcast Invincible You.

He asked her when her journey into matters of the mind began and when she took a keen interest in positive psychology.

The Strictly pro said it had been a “long journey” for her but she “hit a big realisation” about the matter recently.

Explaining further, she said: “It’s kind of that self-awareness thing, isn’t it? When you become more self-aware of things, for example, you like or don’t like the things that make you happy or don’t make you happy, you’re better able to assess when people or situations around you are coming in because you know yourself better, you know yourself so well.

“That’s another thing to be honest with you, I kind of learned, I don’t want to say push away or distance myself from them, but there were certain relationships with people that were a bit toxic for me that brought out a side of me that maybe wasn’t my favourite side to me or made me feel a certain way.

“They’re probably wonderful people but when I was with them, the relationship I had, I didn’t like something about myself.

“That in itself, led me to, in a strange way, to filter out the people that truly enlighten me, truly love me, that truly want what’s best for me and vice versa and those relationships just became richer from that.”

Kevin went on to say one of the downsides to self-expression and self-growth was losing people.

He pointed out that some of his clients had realised they struggled with being around people or loved ones, such as their husband.

But insisting this was not the case for her, she said her and husband Aljaž Škorjanec, 30, are “best friends”.

“Luckily, I tell him everything that I learn, he doesn’t apply everything himself but he listens to me and he is my number one cheerleader,” she added.

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“He’s so happy that I’ve found something that brings me so much joy that I’m excited about and that’s different from dancing.

“Every now and then I say to Aljaz, ‘You should try this’.”

The Strictly Come Dancing professionals have been together for 10 years and married in 2017.

The pair recently opened up about starting a family as she admitted to realising there is never a perfect time for children.

Speaking on BBC’s Morning Live, she said: “It’s very scary being a dancer, my body is my tool, it’s what I use.

“Aljaz and I, we dance and work and do everything together so if you think about it, when I fall pregnant, that’s 50 percent of the team gone!”

Of her spouse becoming a dad, she told Hello! Magazine: “We’re definitely ready to be parents so we will see when that moment comes – you can’t plan it.

“We will be beside ourselves and Aljaz will be the best dad.”

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