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12/03/2018 10:56 GMT

Debbie McGee Says She Is Ready To Love Again, Two Years After The Death Of Husband Paul Daniels

'I don’t want to be on my own for the rest of my life.'

Debbie McGee has revealed she is ready for a new relationship, two years after the death of her husband, Paul Daniels.

The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star admitted that she’s yet to be asked out on a date, but she is open to offers.

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Debbie McGee

The 59-year-old told Hello magazine: “I don’t want to be on my own for the rest of my life. I love male company, am full of energy and don’t want to be stuck at home alone.

“Although I have male friends that take me out for lunches and dinners, I wouldn’t describe them as dates.

“Nobody has actually asked me out yet, but when they do, I’ll go.”

Debbie was with magician Paul for 38 years, 28 of them as man and wife, before his death from cancer in 2016.

During her time on last year’s ‘Strictly’, Debbie shut down rumours of a romance with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice

Despite admitting that there was chemistry between the pair, Debbie said their relationship was purely professional, insisting they were “just good friends”.

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Debbie with her former 'Strictly' dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

She said: “It’s absolutely great people think he fancies me.

“We have a chemistry, a great sense of humour, we both make each other laugh and that has brought us together.

“We have a very special friendship. People see us dancing these sexy routines and then we are pictured having lunch together so assume something must be going on.

“The truth is we really like each other but it isn’t a love affair. We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It’s just one of those very special friendships.”

She added: “He’s 30 years younger than me!”

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However, she did admit that the professional dancer reminded her of her late husband.

She said: “He really cares, he doesn’t just care about me, he cares about everybody. He makes everyone feel special and that’s what Paul used to do, and that’s what I love about him.

“We’ve laughed about how similar we are. Why does it happen in life? I don’t know. We just have this incredible bond.”

She added: “The truth is we really like each other but it isn’t a love affair. We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It’s just one of those very special friendships.”

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