Pregnant Janette, 39, paid tribute to her grandfather on Instagram as she shared a sweet video from when she was out for dinner with her grandfather and her family.
She told her followers that she had been quiet online because of the passing of her grandfather Miguel Angel Manrara.
The mum-to-be wrote: “He was a man full of life, hardworking, and always telling jokes and stories.
“When my parents were at work, he would always take me to singing, acting, dancing, whatever I needed. ‘It’s because of me she made it!’, he joked and shouted loudly w/ so much joy and pride in his heart whenever he watched me dance.”
The Strictly star continued: “He always called me his ‘caballa’, which means female horse. He saw my perseverance and strength to always keep pushing for my dreams. When times were tough, he always reminded me that I was ‘una caballa’ to keep pushing forward. It’s because of his sacrifice, and that of my grandmother and parents, that I was able to fly and make dreams comes true.
“We were extremely close. It’s very difficult being away from my family during this time, but I will cherish forever our car journeys, the days at the beach after school, all the jokes and stories, and the love and wisdom he always shared w/ me.”
Janette finished off the heartfelt tribute and wrote: “I hope that I forever make you proud grandpa. I love you with all my heart…. Until we meet again.”
Fans and friends flooded the It Takes Two presenter’s comments with well wishes, with one person writing: “Oh babe, I’m so sorry Sending all my love you you and the family”, while another wrote: “He sounds like a great man”.
A third commented: “Aww sending you and your family love thats heart breaking”, while another said: “So sorry to hear sending loveand hugs”.
Strictly’s Dianne Buswell wrote: “Sorry to hear this sending love”, and dancer Ashley Roberts added: “Sending so much love.”
Janette announced in February that she is expecting her first child with husband Aljaž Skorjanec, 33, and is due to give birth this summer.
The married pair, who wed in 2017, shared their exciting news on social media as they gleefully posed for a photoshoot where Janette could be seen debuting her blossoming bump.
“We’re so happy to share our special news!” the pair wrote of their pregnancy joy.
After trying to fall pregnant for some time, Janette and Aljaž were considering IVF but didn’t end up needed it as the 39 year old managed to fall pregnant naturally.
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