Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that she has found love again after breaking up with her 33-year-old husband in January.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 57, who works with Anton du Beke on this year's show, vowed not to fall victim to the show's fabled "curse" because her dance partner is married and she has a "new, lovable relationship" . .
She split from Richard Timney a decade after she stepped down from the front line in the wake of the cost scandal – in which her husband was shamefully embroiled after it was discovered that he had claimed costs for watching two adult films.
Now moving away from her political past and late marriage, she insists she is happier than ever in her new romance.
On the rise: Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 57, announced that she found love again after breaking up with her 33-year-old husband in January (pictured with ex-husband Richard Timney in 2010).
Speaking to The Guardian about romance, she said, “I'm not going to say Anton is not great. But he's happily married and I'm in a new but nice relationship. Trust us, there won't be a severe curse. & # 39;
She also announced that she had tried online dating but was not sold as she went on: "I don't think it's that easy for someone to meet a new partner after being happy in my case for 30 years was married … "
"I don't like being a dinosaur, so I did online dating and met some very nice people. I didn't have that many dates, but they all figured out who I was before I met them."
As she changed her life since her "serious" job in politics, she said: I think in some ways I am less worried and now I have more joy …
Happy days: The Strictly Come Dancing star, who works with Anton du Beke on this year's show, vowed not to fall victim to the show's legendary "curse" because her dance partner is married and she has a "new, lovable relationship" has & # 39; (pictured with Anton on the weekend)
"I've had a very happy, fulfilling life, but I am very happy and excited about the opportunities at the moment and I think they are still to come."
Jacqui's marriage was pulled into the spotlight in the haze of controversy when she and Richard were embroiled in the aforementioned cost scandal.
Jacqui, the first woman to ever hold the position of Home Secretary, apologized to Parliament after mistakenly applying for £ 116,000 in second home allowance in 2009 and lost her Redditch seat in an election a year later.
The mother of two, now a broadcaster, later paid the money back.
No curse here! Now moving away from her political past and late marriage, she insists she is happier than ever in her new romance
At the time, she said, "I am extremely sad that our 33-year partnership has come to an end, but I will always be grateful to Richard for the love, family and career we share."
Ms. Smith, a former economics teacher, joined Parliament as a MP for Redditch in 1997 when she was 34 years old after winning the former Tory stronghold.
As one of the original & # 39; Blair Babes & # 39; she had been married to Richard, whom she met at Teacher Training College, for ten years.
He was a civil engineer by then, but he quit his job to raise her son James when she became a MP.
Awkward: Jacqui, the first woman ever to hold the position of Home Secretary, apologized to Parliament after mistakenly applying for £ 116,000 second home allowances in 2009 and lost her Redditch seat in an election a year later (pictured in February ).
The second son, Michael, was only one year old when Ms. Smith, who kept her maiden name, joined the government as Secretary of State for Junior Education in 1999.
After the 2005 elections, she became Minister of Education before joining the cabinet as Chief Whip in 2006. Described by friends as “hard as old boots”, she held the office of Minister of the Interior for two years.
Meanwhile, in addition to looking after their children, her ex-husband was hired by his wife as a parliamentary assistant for whom he received £ 40,000 a year.
Since ending her career in politics, Ms. Smith has renamed herself a television personality and has appeared as an expert on a variety of current affairs talk shows.
Awkward: Jacqui's marriage came into the spotlight in the haze of controversy when she and Richard were embroiled in the aforementioned cost scandal (Richard, pictured in 2009).
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