Aljaz Skorjanec talks ‘future’ with Janette as he brands wife his ‘rock’ after diagnosis

Janette Manrara discusses moving plans with Aljaz Skorjanec

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Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, has credited his wife Janette Manrara, 37, for her unwavering support while he battles psoriasis. The Strictly Come Dancing professional was diagnosed with the skin condition 10 years ago, but has only just started to open up about his struggles with it this year.

Aljaz revealed he has suffered from psoriasis since he was in his early twenties.

However, the condition has worsened over the years due to his busy career as a dancer.

Aljaz admitted he was keen to cover up his skin issues, which became a “confidence killer” for him.

He said: “I would avoid wearing T-shirts, wearing shorts in public is one of the biggest no-nos of the last 10 years for me. I always cover it up.

“Four years ago it flared up just before Strictly and I pretty much wore turtlenecks for the whole season.

“But the team are so understanding, there’s never a problem. They’ve always been really supportive and put me in long-sleeved tops if that makes me feel more comfortable.

“And Janette has been my rock. She is so supportive.”

According to the NHS website, psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.


The website adds that the severity of psoriasis varies greatly from person to person and it can majorly affect a patient’s quality of life at its worst.

Psoriasis is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that usually involves periods when you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, followed by times when symptoms are more severe.

Fortunately for Aljaz, he has been working with Medovie to treat the issue and, after using the brands products, he spotted an almost immediate difference in his skin.

The dancer went on to open up on his future with wife Janette after the couple signed up for the 2021 series of Strictly.

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When quizzed by Entertainment Daily on how long the dynamic duo are hoping to stay on the BBC show, Aljaz said: “I don’t know. We always say as long as they want to have us on the show.

“The show is such a big part of our careers. I don’t see myself stopping any time soon, but we’ll see.

“You never know what life brings. But Strictly has been amazing and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

“Strictly is, for now, definitely the priority in our lives. Hopefully we’re going to stay there for a little bit longer.”

It comes after Janette revealed she and Aljaz are considering becoming parents.

The dancer told Loose Women in February: “We really, really do love and support each other, and I think for any newcoming parent or people that are considering becoming parents, the most important thing is that mum and dad have this kind of unity and really feel like they are going to go at this together. And I think Aljaz is going to be the most incredible dad! 

“So that’s kind of the realisation that we both made that when the time is right we are going to be more than ready.”

However, Janette also acknowledged that starting a family with Aljaz would impact their dancing careers, adding: “I think it is just that scary choice, that scary decision when you do decide to say, ‘OK, we’re gonna see what happens and try for a baby.’

“Because for me and Aljaz, we are a team when it comes to everything in life, not just in our personal life but also for work. And if I all of a sudden fall pregnant, I would want to spend time with my baby and I would want to spend time with my child as a mother.

“So that’s the scary point, that we lose 50% of the household income coming in, because we do all of it together.”

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