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Former four-time world ballroom champion Loraine Barry loves the adrenaline of judging 'Dancing with the Stars' on live television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former four-time world ballroom champion Loraine Barry loves the adrenaline of judging 'Dancing with the Stars' on live television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

In the spotlight: Former four-time world ballroom champion Loraine Barry loves the adrenaline of judging 'Dancing with the Stars' on live television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

In the spotlight: Former four-time world ballroom champion Loraine Barry loves the adrenaline of judging 'Dancing with the Stars' on live television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Former four-time world ballroom champion Loraine Barry loves the adrenaline of judging 'Dancing with the Stars' on live television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Loraine Barry, the Dancing with the Stars judge, has told how she found love later in life, and at the third time of asking after a Sliding Doors moment.

The four-time ballroom world champion told the Sunday Independent her previous two marriages had been to dancers and that they were intense relationships. "I've had two relationships, two marriages and it's 24/7. You're with that person all the time," she said.

"At my level, dancing was my life. I am a former four-time world champion but I lost a world title. It breaks your heart and then I won it back. When I got it back in 2001, I could see that was when the cracks started in my relationship with my partner, Luca.

"You are not just in the dance studio, you're in the car driving to the dance studio, you're in a lesson together. Frustration does come in, but you do learn along the way there is no point in blowing your top."

She took time out from dancing at the most elite level to try to start a family in 2004. "I wanted to have a family and I was finding it difficult, and I thought I would step away from it and see if it would be better, and it didn't work out for me.

"So I thought, 'turn the page, let's start back doing shows' and I did."

Loraine said she met her English partner, Peter, in a Sliding Doors moment in an airport lounge because she was open to finding love later in life. "We started talking to each other over the phone charger and then we found out we were on the same flight," she said.

"I really feel we were meant to meet each other and we have a really great relationship. You should never give up. To me life is for living and life is for sharing. To me I opened up to the universe and said 'I really want to meet a nice person'. I just waited for it to happen and it did. Peter is not a dancer, and I find that to be much, much better."

Her first appearance on live TV as a judge four years ago was a baptism of fire, but she believes the show is getting better.

"I had danced in front of thousands of people, but nothing prepares you for going on live TV. I love the adrenaline and I love being in that spotlight of really saying what it is you're seeing with that red light on that camera."

Loraine feels the pressure to look good but is delighted to be appearing in a primetime show in her 50s. "For me, it's about wearing the clothes that make me look good," she said.


Sunday Independent