Strictly’s new judge Anton Du Beke has opened up about his nightmare childhood living with a father who beat him up and branded him “a f****t”.
The dancer, 55, was born and raised in Kent by his Spanish mum and Hungarian dad and was the eldest of three siblings.
However, his father Antal Xavier Beke used to drink and beat him and hated the fact his son wanted to be a dancer.
Anton tells Radio Times: "He was violent to me. I wanted to be a dancer, and the Spanish word maricón (which means ‘f****t’) was used a lot."
When he died in 2001, he "felt nothing" over the loss.
Strictly came calling in 2004 and he has been a dancer on the BBC show until now.
This year he is replacing Bruno Tonioli as a full-time judge alongside Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, and Craig Revel Horwood.
Being on TV means he has to look after himself and look good and after having had a hair transplant in 2017 he hasn’t ruled out more tweaks.
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Recently, Anton revealed that his decision to be teetotal has nothing to do with his abusive father.
When asked about the issue he said: "No, I don’t drink because I don’t like it. I got drunk when I was 18 and I weed myself. I had no constitution for it.
"And I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can afford the dry cleaning so I’m going to knock this on the head."
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When discussing his dad, Anton previously declared: "It was a childhood of avoidance – trying to avoid my dad, which became more difficult the older I got."
He added in a new interview: "Am I defined by my past? No. I’m defined by my future."
He also sniffed that there is "nothing to say about" his estrangement from his dad.
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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