Anastacia kept in touch with most of Strictly cast – except partner Brendan Cole

Anastacia keeps in touch with “pretty much everyone” she met on Strictly Come Dancing – except her partner Brendan Cole.

After the pair reportedly had a rift during the 2016 series, the I’m Outta Love singer admits the pair are no longer in contact.

“We don’t have that kind of connection,” she tells 3am. “It was just for the show.

“But I speak to pretty much everyone else.”

The 2016 alumni also have a ­WhatsApp group chat which was flooded with messages celebrating Judge Rinder’s birthday this week.

Ore Oduba has also been sharing snaps of son Roman.

“We’re all completely connected,” says the star, currently on tour with Lionel Richie.

So connected in fact that former Labour politician Ed Balls has invited the entire crop of Strictly stars to his house for a barbecue.

“He’s said he’s going to get in caterers because he doesn’t want to cook,” she laughs. But sadly, Brendan has been Left Outside Alone.

Anastacia admits that the ­celebrities from the series bonded more: “We took the journey as contestants and we journeyed together.

“Whether people connected
with their partners… I think we connected as contestants in a
way that may have been different that year.”

Brendan, 42, and Anastacia, 49, reportedly fell out when his training regime led to her ripping her mastectomy scars.

“It’s fabulous and back to normal now,” she says of the injury. “I didn’t lose the
boob, and that’s all I
cared about!”

Speaking about Brendan’s fury at being axed from the show, Anastacia continues: “I heard he was upset. I don’t really know what happened as I’m not really involved in that sort of situation. I heard it was a big to-do. I even heard it over in America.”

Outspoken dancer Brendan said in January he had not liked “a few” of his partners, adding: “When you meet people and work with them you don’t necessarily like all
of them.”

Anastacia supported Lionel Richie on his All The Hits tour tonight, which kicked off in Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens.

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