Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis reflects on emotional moment she shared with her mum at the final – who she says tried to make everything accessible during ‘difficult’ education
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Rose Ayling-Ellis has spoken about the special moment she shared with her mother Donna after living the Glitterball trophy on Saturday night.
The Strictly Come Dancing winner, 27, said that her mother has continually been her biggest advocate throughout her life and always ‘fought’ to make everything accessible to her during a ‘difficult’ education.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast with her competitor and host Dan Walker and Sally Nugent, Rose described how everyone was rushing over to offer their congratulations, but she broke down when she saw her mum.
Love: Rose Ayling-Ellis has spoken about the special moment she shared with her mother Donna after living the Glitterball trophy on Saturday night
Dan referenced a picture he had previously shared on his Instagram page, of Rose tightly hugging her mum while holding her trophy following her historic win.
Rose, who was appearing on Zoom with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, said: ‘When I won I was so shocked I couldn’t speak. Everyone came up saying well done and when my mum hugged me i just burst into tears.
Recalling the journey she has been on with Donna, Rose explained: ‘At primary school, nursery school, going way back, where my education was difficult, so my mum had to fight to make it accessible for me.’
Sweet: The Strictly Come Dancing winner, 27, said that her mother has continually been her biggest advocate throughout her life and always ‘fought’ to make everything accessible to her during a ‘difficult’ education
She added: ‘Everything I did, I was constantly fighting to get what I needed.’
Despite the support from her mum, Rose admitted that she didn’t think it would end how it has, saying: ‘We just didn’t except it would end up with me winning Strictly come dancing.’
Rose defiantely added: ‘It’s so normal for disabled people that we’re used to fighting all the time, so it’s nice not to. And to actually win.’
When asked how her Sunday was after winning the show, Rose said: ‘It was very weird. Very quiet, I felt like what just happned? Didn’t feel real.’
Winners! Rose and Giovanni were crowned champions on Saturday night
Rose also spoke about how she feels to be a role model for youngsters in the deaf community, something she wasn’t able to have herself.
She said: It’s so lovely, I didn’t have that when I was growing up, I didn’t have anyone to look up to. I think it’s important to everyone to inspire what they’re doing. Like when it comes to an interview make people realise it’s not a big deal.
‘I’m excited to see what will happen and what will come next.’
Meanwhile, Giovanni – who has competed in seven competitions without winning the show, proudly held up his Glitterball, saying: ‘It’s still here – it’s coming everywhere!’
Mum: Speaking on BBC Breakfast with her competitor and host Dan Walker and Sally Nugent, Rose described how everyone was rushing over to offer their congratulations, but she broke down when she saw her mum (Donna pictured recently)
‘I think it’s been a fantastic journey from the beginning, we put out a big statement. It’s nice to win the show, but I think we made a statement. Which was so important for Rose and the deaf community.’
Giovanni went on to discuss how he was never worried about trying to teach a deaf person to dance before meeting his partner Rose.
He said: ‘I think it was a different way of teaching, but I wasn’t worried. I was more excited. I’ve been on the show so long, so I needed a new sort of sparkle.
Speaking of their first dance together during week one, he said: ‘The Jive was different, so difficult because its a lot of counting. But when we did the Foxtrot I thought okay, she can dancing. It’s been phenomenal.
Rose, who was appearing on Zoom with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, said: ‘When I won I was so shocked I couldn’t speak. Everyone came up saying well done and when my mum hugged me i just burst into tears’
‘When we started our Foxtrot week 3 I thought. I know this year was the hardest and best we’ve had. Everyone could have been in the final. We were just there every week thinking about our dance.’
‘I am beyond proud to be a part of this journey with Rose. It’s been my privilege from day one. She was really focused on sending a statement.
‘Our couple’s choice, we noticed even small things we can make a difference. I think we should all push ourselves to include the deaf community, and any community. If I did it for 13 weeks anyone can.’
It has been reported that Rose could earn over £1 million following her victory.
Rose – who currently plays Frankie Lewis on BBC soap EastEnders – has been tipped for big things after she and Giovanni danced their way to the Glitterball Trophy.
Celebrity agent Barry Tomes told the Daily Star newspaper: ‘The world is at her feet. She could earn over £1million in 2022. With a calm agent who isn’t in it for a quick buck, she will easily earn that. And she’ll deserve every single penny of it.
‘There is already talk of her doing movies. I’ve heard roles are being offered to her.
‘I’d love to have a client like Rose. The public adores her. She’s so natural. You don’t feel like there’s an agenda in what she’s doing.’
However, reports that the deaf actress will be swapping Albert Square for Hollywood any time soon were down played by BBC bosses.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ‘There is no truth in this. Rose has no intention to quit EastEnders and is very much looking forward to filming again in the New Year.’
The rumours come after the soap star beat Great British Bake Off winner John Waite and his dancing partner Johannes Radebe in the grand final of the Saturday night favourite.
Rose – who wowed the judges with her performances during the final – said to Giovanni upon their win: ‘I just want to say you are so amazing. You pushed me to believe in myself more than I believe in myself. You are an incredible teacher, but not just that. You are a wonderful friend.
‘We’ve gone through a lot, and I just want you to know no matter what happens, no matter how busy we get, I want to you to know you’ve always got a piece of my heart. You really do.
Not true! Reports that the deaf actress will be swapping Albert Square for Hollywood any time soon were down played by BBC bosses
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