Tragedy of Ashley Roberts’ dad’s death as Strictly star dedicates dance to him

Shirley Ballas was moved to tears after Ashley Roberts performed an incredibly moving dance dedicated to her late dad.

Ashley and her partner Pasha Kovalev performed a Couples’ Choice Contemporary number to Unsteady – Erich Lee Gravity Remix by X Ambassadors.

Ahead of performing the number, Ashley was incredibly emotional as she spoke about her father.

"The story about the dance is loss – I lost my dad earlier this year," the Pussycat Dolls singer explained. "My dad and I connected over music and performing.

"So to have this show come in at this time – I just feel that it is a gift in so many ways… I know that he is with me, and that means a lot."

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Ashley has spoken of her grief after her father took his own life earlier this year, revealing that she’s been reeling in pain and confusion since his suicide.

Pat Roberts, 69, who once played drums with 60s’ legends The Mamas & The Papas, suffered with his mental and physical health.

Ashley opened up about her loss on social media back in April, telling fans: "With great sadness in my heart, I wanted to share with you that on the 19th of March – after a long battle of physical and mental heath – My father took his own life.

"The past 3.5 weeks I’ve been in a state of shock, confusion, questioning, pain so deep in my guts it’s been hard to come up for air. Feeling like I don’t know how to move forward from here. What am I supposed to do with all this?"

She went on: "For now, I sit here with this pain – Inviting it ALL in. To teach me, to heal me, to rebuild me.

"If any of you have gone through something similar. I understand and my heart goes out to you."

*Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One

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