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"I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!"

I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!


Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant!

My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all, as it's been 'strictly mum's the word' these past few months! Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness – I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!!!

My career is such an important part of my life, however with ten series of Strictly under my belt, it just felt the right time.

Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with 'Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker' (I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!).

As some of you will know, Anton and I have been fortunate to perform our sell-out UK tours for the past five years but for obvious reasons I won't be able to perform this time - though I will be helping Anton prepare for, and supporting him on his solo tour which launches early next year.

And after baby's born?... I'll be back dancing just as soon as my body and fitness allows! Anton and I already have bookings in place for next year, and I'm particularly delighted to say we're planning a big come-back tour for 2015! So there's plenty to look forward to, as you all now know – especially the pitter-patter of tiny feet too.

Be sure to keep up with my news here on my blog and by following me on twitter!

Lots of love,

Comments {84}
Lots of love sent to you both. Such exciting news for a lovely couple. You will both be fabulous parents. Hope the morning sickness goes away soon. Loads of love and best wishes. Mum. xxxxx
Erin's Mum commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:13 AM
Congratulations to you and husband sweet Erin. As you're eating for two you may have 2 chocolate cakes now ;) x
Douglas Morris commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:16 AM
Fabulous news. We wish you all the very best and hope this new chapter in your life brings you all the joy you deserve.
Ian & Edi commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:36 AM
Johan van Betsbrugge commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:37 AM
Congratulations. Xxxx
Joyce Whittle commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:39 AM
Many congratulations! I am delighted for you and your husband. Wonderful news. Look after yourself and take care.xx
Anonymous commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:40 AM
Now THAT is a great reason to skip a show! CONGRATULATIONS! and I hope the dreadful morning sickness is finally gone by now. lots of best wishes for your future - ingrid.vienna
ingrid commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:43 AM
My sincere congratulations! I had been wondering!
Look forward to your return to Strictly!
David Spark commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:50 AM
Daar Erin I am so happy for the both of you!!! Hope you will have a beautiful healthy baby!!!! Love from the Netherlands xxx
Gina commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:50 AM
Congrats to you both with much love xxx
Janey Burns commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:53 AM
WOW!! Can't wait to pass this lovely news onto my parents. You and Anton are their favourite dancers. A trip to see your show was their Diamond Wedding Anniversary present and they loved it. Many many congratulations to you and your husband. Keep well and enjoy your's a very special time :-)
Jenny Boyer commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:56 AM
I had wondered why you weren't on Strictly, and felt it was a shame because you always brought so much to the show. You couldn't have a better reason - very best wishes.
Anonymous commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:03 AM
Many congratulations Erin, it could not have happened to a better couple.
Dougie commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:06 AM
Congratulations to you both! I'm due in March next year and like you have been battling morning, noon & night sickness so you have my sympathy! xx
Lisa commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:14 AM
Such fabulous news,congratulations to you both. Lots of love Andrea xxxx
Andrea commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:17 AM
Congratulations and best wishes to you both.
Bernie (North Wales) commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:25 AM
Many congratulations Erin and Peter. We'll be watching you from the front row at the Albert Hall and can't wait. X
Donna Tatem commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:31 AM
I knew it.....there had to be a very good reason for not doing SCD and the tour and I cannot think of a better or nicer reason. Congrats to you and Peter.Look after yourself......don't eat to much chocolate....and look forward to this very special time in your lives. PS has Anton volunteered to babysit ??????
Sue commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:46 AM
Congratulations, great news. Xxx
Tim Wade commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:48 AM
Congratulations! x
Kate Gregory commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:49 AM
Congratulations to you both. Lots of love Trish
Trish commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:54 AM
Congratulations!! Fabulous news and very happy for you both. Hope you start to feel better soon. Take care of yourself. Love from Cindy xxx
Cindy commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:54 AM
I did wonder where you had gone to I must admit. Every good wish to you and your husband with this pregnancy. I know it is none of my business and you may have been offered this already: a friend's daughter recently had her third baby using hypnotism for the birthing process - previously this mum was rather scared of the labour and this time she felt no pain and the baby (Jago) is very placid and at one with the world. It's worth thinking about for when it is your time if no one has told you about it already. Kind regards, Fiona
Fiona Bell commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:58 AM
Congratulations to you both. Delighted your absence is for such a good reason, we miss you.
Lesley Page commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:13 AM
Many congratulations to both you and Peter on the wonderful news that you are expecting a little treasure soon, Erin! Hubby & I miss you so much on Strictly, but have now forgive you. ;)

Sorry to hear about the awful morning sickness, it sounds as though you've really suffered badly. All best wishes, Sue x
Sue Wright commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:17 AM
Congratulations to you both. Hope the "morning" sickness goes away soon. J xx
John H commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:21 AM
Many, many congratulations Erin! I did wonder if that was the reason. Now you have a perfect excuse to eat as many fish finger butties as you like, once you feel better. Can't wait to see you at the Albert Hall in December! X
Benita commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:33 AM
Dear Erin.
Congratulations on your good news
so pleased for you both.
Hope to see you and Anton on a P.O cruise again in the future.
Love Shirley and Roy
Roy & Shirley commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:36 AM
Amazing news! A child is such a nice treasure in your life, and Brendan and Vincent, to name others, have already enjoyed the adrenaline of giving birth. And I must agree, a perfect reason to not be dancing this year! Wishing you and your wonderful hubby all the best, and hopefully see you back on the dance floor as soon you are able to! XXX
Joseph Dunford commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:36 AM
Congratulations xx
Anonymous commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:44 AM
Congratulations to you both. Such wonderful, exciting news.
Remember to stand your ground about the ballet classes if it's a boy ;)
Lots of love to you both, Nic xxx
Nicola Glenc commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:49 AM
Congratulations to you both! What wonderful news and what better reason for missing Strictly and your usual annual show with Anton! We will miss you but look forward to seeing you again in 2015 - we will be there as always! Hope you are over the worst with the awful sickness by now and feeling much better (I remember it well - twice!). Take care and lots of love x x
Barbara Alexander commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:01 AM
I had a feeling that this was the case! So pleased for you both. Congratulations!
Isobel commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:03 AM
Ah the best to you both
Adam Boag commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:06 AM
Many, many congratulations to you both. I am looking forward to seeing you and Anton at the RAH in December.
Graham Gall commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:16 AM
Many congratulations to you both! Joyous news for a Sunday morning. I'm sure "Uncle" Anton will be available for baby-sitting duties :)
Elaine/@Freesia13 commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:36 AM
Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Look after yourself. Expect there is a very excited Anton too! X
Tracy Melton commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:38 AM
Congratulations on this wonderful news!
Ria (Netherlands) commented on 20-Oct-2013 11:46 AM
I have heard that a ginger biscuit first thing helps with sickness during pregnancy.
Anonymous commented on 20-Oct-2013 12:19 PM
Congratulations Erin and Peter- such brilliant news. I had guessed that was the reason as knew if would have to have been big for you to have missed SCD and the Tour. Missing you loads in SCD, and Anton doesn't look the same without you by his side in the pro dances. I wish you a speedy recovery from the sickness, and hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well. you will make a fantastic mum- and im sure peter will be a great dad too!! lots of love, Lisa from Worthing xx
Lisa commented on 20-Oct-2013 12:23 PM
Many congratulations to you both. I remember the all day and night sickness well, but it's all worth it when baby arrives. Xx
Clare & Erin commented on 20-Oct-2013 12:43 PM
Congratulations to both of you on your wonderful news :-) x
Pauline commented on 20-Oct-2013 12:49 PM
congratulations -fantastic news
lis commented on 20-Oct-2013 01:06 PM
I, too, had wondered if this was the reason as the ti,Ming seemed about right. Many congratulations. Hope you feel better soon! Anton does look lost without you. I bet you won't get him changing nappies no matter how devoted an "Uncle" he is! See you again next year xxx
Hazel commented on 20-Oct-2013 01:07 PM
I just want to add that this wonderful news could not have happened to a better person, take it easy and wishing you and Peter well. Andy xxx
Andy N commented on 20-Oct-2013 01:44 PM
We are delighted to hear your news. Hope that once the sickness is over, you will enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. We look forward to hearing of the safe arrival of your baby and hope to see you in 2015 at the GRCH.
Robert Caldwell commented on 20-Oct-2013 02:19 PM
Congratulations to you and Peter.
Had a feeling that was maybe why you were not on the show.
Bet Anton is excited and hope he will be there to help change nappies.
All the best and take care.
Anna Winning commented on 20-Oct-2013 02:25 PM
Congratulations to you both. Good to have my "suspicions" confirmed.
Couldn't think of any other reason why Anton would be doing Strictly on his own.
Hope the "24 hour" sickness has died down, it will all be worthwhile, once the little one arrives. Bet daddy's excited too.
Sending Love.
Babs commented on 20-Oct-2013 02:35 PM
aww so pleased for you and your husband, miss you on strictly but it's all in a good cause, congratulations again xx
janice pilling commented on 20-Oct-2013 02:40 PM
Congratulations to you and Peter!! I look forward to seeing you (front row) at the Royal Albert Hall , and next year at Wroxall.
Pat Blake commented on 20-Oct-2013 03:27 PM
Fantastic news! Congratulations, Erin and Peter on hearing the pitter-patter of dancing feet. You'll be a wonderful mum. Loys of love, Lou. xxx
Louise commented on 20-Oct-2013 04:12 PM
Lovely news! We will miss our favourite dancer but look forward to seeing you dance again next year. Good luck with the pregnancy x
Dawn and Pete commented on 20-Oct-2013 04:28 PM
Congratulations!!! It is fabulous news!! Enjoy your pregnacy and look forward to see you dancing again at some point next year xx
Wendy Woo commented on 20-Oct-2013 05:03 PM
Congrats, how exciting!
Sophie commented on 20-Oct-2013 05:35 PM
Congratulations, that is fantastic news xx
Julie commented on 20-Oct-2013 06:12 PM
Such lovely news to wake up to this morning. Really over the moon for you and your hubby. The morning sickness will all be worth it when you hold that beautiful bundle in your arms for the first time but in the meantime try a ginger biscuit and a glass of lucozade half hour before you get up in the morning. It worked for me!
Sending lots of love and congratulations to our favourite dancer. See you at Royal Albert Hall very soon. Can hardly wait xxxx
Claire Bates commented on 20-Oct-2013 06:46 PM
Hi Erin, Congratulations to you both, that's wonderful news! It's been a while since I managed to get to see you and Anton but have kept up with all the news I could. So looking forward to Anton's tour and to you coming back to dancing - you are very much missed. Love and hugs xx
Shirley commented on 20-Oct-2013 07:37 PM
Erin, we're so delighted - got to admit I was hoping this was the reason! I had terrible pregnancy sickness too and acupuncture was the saving of me - if the sickness is still bad it's got to be worth a try. Hope you feel better soon, take care, Wendy & Nicholas
Wendy & Nicholas commented on 20-Oct-2013 07:46 PM
That's such fantastic news! I have really missed watching you dance this year but hearing your fantastic news has made your absence on strictly worth it! Congratulations and wishing lots of love and happiness for thr future. x x
Chelle commented on 20-Oct-2013 07:53 PM
Congratulations! I was gutted when you left Strictly, but this put a smile back on my face, you're going to be an amazing mum!
Liz commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:16 PM
Congratulations Erin - such wonderful news. Lots of love. xxx
SARA MORRIS commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:38 PM
Many congratulations on your wonderful news!!
Jackie Mason commented on 20-Oct-2013 08:58 PM
Mega Congratulations Erin !

Barbara (from Cambridge!) had already guessed this, so she's a clever girl !

We already miss you on SCD, and we will miss seeing you on Anton's Solo Tour in 2014.

Roy won't get his "dance photo" with you Erin, but I guess Barbara will have an extra one with Anton.

You, of course, will also miss out on he venues that we attend, but it'll have your name on in 2015 !

Take care of yourself, and we will look forward to seeing you in 2015 !

Love & Best Wishes,

Roy & Barbara from Cambridge !
Roy & Barbara commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:03 PM
My Mum says that all day "morning" sickness can mean it's going to be twins!

Congratulations to you both. Wonderful news. xxx
Sara commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:03 PM
Congratulations Peter & Erin! I wonder how many of us had guessed??
Susijen commented on 20-Oct-2013 09:20 PM
Many, many congratulations! It's a wonderful reason to miss Strictly :) and so pleased to know you'll be returning to dance once you settle into motherhood. Praying for the morning/noon/night sickness x
Julia King commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:02 PM
Congratulations Erin! We miss you though.
Jackie N commented on 20-Oct-2013 10:59 PM
Congratulations Erin. Strictly's not the same without you. Guessed that this was the reason you left
You are going to be an amazing mum
Congratulations xxx
Olivia commented on 21-Oct-2013 12:21 AM
congrats on your great news I hope motherhood brings you as much happiness as I have found myself xxx
sorrel commented on 21-Oct-2013 01:14 AM
Great News Erin,
Caroline and I are very envious and wish you and Pete all the happiness in the world with your expected family ahead. xx
mike horwood commented on 21-Oct-2013 07:54 AM
Thought that might be the reason for your absence Erin. Wonderful news, hope all goes well and we look forward to seeing you back dancing again. Congratulations to both you and your husband.
Daphne from Whitstable commented on 21-Oct-2013 08:26 AM
Congratulations Erin! Now we know!
When you make your comeback would be great to see you back on Strictly as well!
Steve commented on 21-Oct-2013 11:24 AM
Wonderful news, Erin. We did wonder (back in June) but didn't like to ask. Strictly's not the same without you but thank goodness we still have Anton. Hope everything goes smoothly and that the sickness has finally stopped. Love to you all. Look forward to seeing you 2014/2015 (?) - will you bring baby along too, well perhaps not, but a photo(s) will do. Fabulous news from a fab.. u... lous lady. Love and best wishes, Ann PS - did you sort out cardboard cutout of Anton ???
Ann ( your No.1 Fann) commented on 21-Oct-2013 04:14 PM
This certainly answers the recent question about the 2014 Tour. Was just a little suspicious! Many congratulations to you and your husband. Have booked to see Anton in his show at Northampton in January but look forward to your return in the future.
Take care
David & Lesley
David Ashby commented on 21-Oct-2013 04:23 PM
Wonder if it was the Guernsey water? Strictly delighted for you both
Jane commented on 21-Oct-2013 05:53 PM
:-) Thats wonderful news for you both Erin, though i do miss your lovely radiant smile on strictly. K-e-e-e-p dancing :-)
Tim commented on 23-Oct-2013 07:22 PM
Congratulations to u both, and I hope the "morning" sickness goes soon love and light xxx
Karen commented on 26-Oct-2013 08:52 PM
many congrats from one of your most avid fans, saw you at De Montford last, you read out my question!!! As a pro photographer of 40 years and with a 2 year old grand daughter if you want some piccys taken just ask no charge. will send you some of my pics if you like.
enjoy your time off
kind regards
peter commented on 26-Oct-2013 10:52 PM
congrats to you both, wonderful news, looking forward to seeing Anton in Dundee hope you will both be back 2015
christine commented on 27-Oct-2013 12:02 AM
many many congrats to you and your husband, try not to think about the sickness and think of the joy that's to come, lots of love to you both, and please come back to dancing, love luppy laura
luppy lou commented on 16-Nov-2013 08:21 PM
Congratulations to you and your husband hope the "Morning Sickness does'nt last too long.
Enjoy this happy time get your hubby to pamper you.

Best Wishes
Margaret commented on 19-Nov-2013 07:55 PM
Hyperemesis is a shock to the system but it does pass (eventually) and doesn't affect baby. Hoping that you're managing to stay feeling positive and that some food/drink is staying down. Missing you on Strictly and wishing you many joys with your baby. Kate x
Anonymous commented on 20-Nov-2013 11:59 AM
Missing u loads Erin it's not the same without u on strictly i miss u so much i'm going to see Anton at the Bridgewater Hall in March - it won't be the same without u x
Laura Hartley commented on 24-Dec-2013 04:34 PM
Great news. I'm your number one fan
Erin H commented on 18-Jan-2014 03:51 PM
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