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In March, Strictly Come Dancing favourite Anton Du Beke became a dad for the first time at the age of 50 with the arrival of his twins with partner Hannah Summers.
Du Beke announced the news on his social media accounts: “Oh my! The little dancing feet have arrived. Mum and twins are perfect and dad is ridiculously excited!”.
The message was accompanied by an image of a top hat, cane and tiny dancing shoes – perhaps he’s hoping they become top notch dancers like their dad?
Du Beke and Summers welcomed a baby boy and girl a week earlier than the expected 4th April, but the babies are said to be doing well.
Having appeared on all 14 series of Strictly Come Dancing, it comes as no surprise that Du Beke is popular with viewers and contestants. Former Strictly stars, including Denise Van Outen, Daisy Lowe and last year’s winner Ore Oduba, took to Twitter and Instagram to congratulate Du Beke and Summers.
Speaking to The Mirror last year about becoming a father for the first time at the age of 50, Du Beke said: “I’ve waited till now. Whether it’s better or worse I don’t know. It’s just different.”
“Whether I was going to have children or not wasn’t a definite decision I’d made,” he told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning. “But I wanted to have children with someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and Hannah is wonderful and perfect, so this makes perfect sense.”