Rumor has it that Anna Richardson will join the Strictly Come Dancing lineup, and she could have an unlikely supporter in the audience when she makes her debut.
MailOnline can reveal that 50-year-old TV presenter Sue Perkins’ ex-girlfriend would like to support her from the sidelines of the show, as they have remained “good friends.”
The former Bake Off presenter, 51, is apparently ‘elated’ that Anna has reportedly landed the part on the BBC 1 show, and will support her throughout.
Supportive: Anna Richardson’s ex Sue Perkins has come to support her on Strictly after their split amid rumors she’ll be joining the new series, MailOnline can reveal (pictured in 2012)
A source said: ‘Anna and Sue may be divorced, but they remain very close. Sue messaged her when she found out because she knows how much Anna loves that show.
“They joked that Sue might even show up to support her.”
The source continued: “As far as Anna is concerned, she’s more than welcome.”
Representatives for Sue and Anna declined to comment.
Friendly: A source said, “Anna and Sue may be divorced, but they remain very close. Sue messaged her when she found out’ (Anna pictured on Can I Improve My Memory)
Friends: The source added: “They joked that Sue might show up to support her. As far as Anna is concerned, she is more than welcome’
Earlier this week, Anna revealed to: The sun that she was eager to join Strictly because she felt she was “too old” to be on other reality shows, such as I’m A Celebrity or Dancing On Ice.
She told the publication: ‘I think Strictly as a whole is a different ball game because you’re learning, you’re doing a skill and I think that would be an incredible opportunity.
‘I’m A Celebrity, Dancing On Ice, anything to do with injuries or ritual humiliation, I’m just too old. I’m just not a fan of it.
“But Strict would be a chance. Being linked to someone like Gorka [Marquez] would be great.’
Opportunity: Earlier this week, Anna (pictured on Naked Attraction) revealed in an interview that she was eager to join Strictly because she felt she was “too old” to be on other reality shows
Last month it was announced that Anna and her long-term girlfriend Sue had split up after eight years together.
Earlier this month, MailOnline revealed that the former couple has been living separately since last fall and only see each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog.
Friends close to the couple said the couple was on several pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna “wanting to be a mom” and Sue not being sure it was “the right time” to think about kids. .
Hope: Anna claimed she’d love to be paired with Gorka Marquez (pictured with Maisie Smith in the 2020 series) because he’d be ‘awesome’
MailOnline revealed that Naked Attraction presenter Anna, 50, has moved out of their £2million shared home in North London to live in Staffordshire to be close to her mother, who cares for her father who suffers from dementia.
A friend said: ‘It’s really sad that they broke up, but it’s been on the cards for a while.
“We know Anna really wanted to be a mother, but Sue didn’t think this was the right time for her.
“She enjoys traveling and working on different projects and appreciates that lifestyle and parenting responsibility don’t mix.”
Amicable: Last month, Anna and long-term girlfriend Sue split after eight years together, with MailOnline revealing that no one else is involved in the decision (pictured in 2014)
Anna had previously expressed her hopes of adopting a child in the future, telling the Daily Mail in 2015: ‘I think being 45 now I think long and hard about raising and adopting. It would be nice to create a small unit.”
It is also alleged that she and Sue struggled to live together during the lockdown as they are both ‘workaholics’ used to their independence.
They haven’t spent much together in recent months, living separate lives with Anna in Staffordshire and Sue in London.
“The only time they see each other now is when they hand the dog to each other.
Anna and Sue adopted former rescue dog Tia in 2017 from Animal Lifeline’s Serendipity Kennels near Cellarhead, Staffs, and quickly settled into their home.
Sue is the registered owner of North London property which has been described by friends as a ‘show house’ given its immaculate appearance, inside and out.
Anna, who is passionate about interior design and just landed a hosting gig for the dressing room reboot, oversaw the major renovation and felt the house was an ideal place to start a family.
But Sue is less enthusiastic about the property, particularly its remote location, which has left her feeling isolated during the lockdown.
Shock split: Anna and Sue have been living apart since last fall and only see each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson for comment.
The couple’s split was revealed late last month and neither Anna nor Sue have commented publicly since.
MailOnline revealed that “no one else was involved” and that they are “determined to remain friends.”
Fans speculated that their relationship was in trouble after Anna failed to name former Bake Off host Sue on social media nine months before the split was confirmed.
Sue’s latest appearance on Anna’s Instagram page came in a music video last September, which she filmed as she celebrated the ex-Big Breakfast host’s 50th birthday with other family members.
Anna told her 41,000 followers, “Hello everyone. I am here with family. That’s Sue Perkins behind the camera and it’s my 50th birthday.”
While cutting her birthday cake, Anna was quick to ask Sue’s opinion on the offer, given her Bake Off connections, and joked, “What do you think, Sue?”
Her partner replied, “Delicious crumbs, soggy bottom.”
The couple started dating in 2013 after meeting at a Halloween party following Anna’s divorce from her 18-year-old partner Charles Martin.
Anna previously spoke about her relationship with Sue in an interview with Hey!, said she had thought about adopting a child and said that as she gets older, she also feels that “time is running out” to do so.
Anna admitted she was only talking about herself, saying, “I’ve been toying with the idea of raising or adopting a child for a while now. I can only speak for myself, not Sue, but I really want to do the training [to foster] and welcome a child into my life.
“I feel very strongly that I am getting older, that time is running out.”
Shared Custody: Friends close to the couple said they were on several pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna “too eager to be a mother” and Sue insecure (pictured in 2013)