Janette Manrara admits ex Strictly co-star Emma Weymouth is a ‘crucial’ part of her life

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Janette Manrara has shared an adorable message for her close friend Emma Weymouth, who is today celebrating her 35th birthday. Emma, Marchioness of Bath, became friends with Janette, 37, when she competed on the 2019 series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Sometimes people come into our lives and unexpectedly become a crucial part of it!

Since then, the pair have remained friends and often enjoy spending time together, documenting their outings on their respective social media pages.

Emma, who is the first black marchioness in British history, has been flooded with compliments on her Instagram page today, with friends flocking to the site to share picture tributes to the star as her celebrations get underway.

Taking to her page which boasts 434,000 followers, Janette shared a stunning picture of Emma, taken in her stately home, Longleat, alongside the caption: “Happy Birthday @emmaweymouth.

“Sometimes people come into our lives and unexpectedly become a crucial part of it! I’m so grateful to call you a friend!”

The Miami born dancing pro went on to add: “Thank you for your unlimited kindness always! You are a diamond of a human being and @aljazskorjanec and I love you more than words can say! We’ll be celebrating together soon!”

She finished her post with a gold GIF reading: “I love you”.

Emma later shared the post to her 74,400 followers on the photo-sharing platform alongside several others she received from her closest friends.

During her stint on Strictly, Emma competed with Janette’s husband Aljaž Škorjanec before they lost out on their place during week seven of the competition.

Recently, Emma opened up about the traumatic ordeal she faced during the birth of her first son, John Thynn, six, which saw her almost lose her life.

Emma, who is married to Ceawlin, Viscount Weymouth, 46, was subjected to an emergency Caesarean-section after being diagnosed with hypophysitis – swelling on the pituitary gland.

In order to have their second child, Henry, four, the aristocrats used a surrogate after doctors informed her that she wouldn’t be able to deliver a second child naturally.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women in January, Emma said: “Having a baby is one of the most important things you’ll ever do in your life and something I never take for granted, not for a single moment, that I’ve been able to have my two sons.

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“I have MRI scans quite frequently to make sure I’m all good, my responsibility is for them, I need to make sure I try and stay well for my family.”

Speaking about her diagnosis, Emma recalled: “I started suffering from very, very severe headaches, I went to the doctors who tested blood pressure to check everything was okay, they put it down to hormones and sent me home with pain killers.”

She went on to add: “The headache got to such a severe level I couldn’t leave the bed, I couldn’t breathe because the pain was so intense.”

Emma’s pain stemmed from swelling on her pituitary gland which eventually bled, forcing medical staff to rush to ensure that they could safely deliver John and attempt to reduce the inflammation in her body.

“They sped into action to deliver the baby as soon as possible without him needing extra medical care, and trying to scramble as much as they could to reduce the inflammation in my body.

“It was a very frightening experience, it’s emotional to talk about it still,” she told the panel show.

Emma spoke candidly about deciding to go down the surrogacy route after speaking to close friends who had used surrogacy, adding that it’s “wonderful” that there is “incredible science” which allows people to have a child.

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