My mum had to fight Rose Ayling-Ellis emotional as she recalls challenging childhood

Strictly: Rose discusses mum's reaction to winning the show

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Rose Ayling-Ellis lifted the Glitterball Trophy on Saturday night as she was crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion. The EastEnders actress made history by becoming the first deaf contestant to win the BBC dance contest. She’s since opened up about her challenging journey, detailing the difficulties she faced as a deaf child. However, Rose gave high praise to her mother who fought for her education rights.

On Monday morning Rose and her Strictly dance partner Giovanni Pernice were welcomed onto BBC Breakfast.

The stars chatted to presenters Dan Walker and Sally Nugent about their Strictly victory.

Dan asked Rose how she felt when embracing her mum after winning Strictly Come Dancing.

Rose explained: “I think when I won it I was so shocked I couldn’t speak and then afterwards everyone came up to me to say ‘Well done.’

“As soon as my mum hugged me I just burst into tears. I just couldn’t stop crying. I was proper sobbing.

“I think it’s because… ahh it’s making me feel emotional now,” Rose confessed, welling up.

The actress explained why her mum’s support has meant so much to her over the years.

She said: “At Primary School, at Nursery School, it goes way, way, way back where my education was difficult.

“My mum had to fight a lot to make it accessible for my education, right from the start.

“So, I had that right from the beginning of everything I do, we’re constantly fighting, constantly battled to get what I needed. It’s human rights.

“We just didn’t expect it would end up with me on Strictly Come Dancing and end up me winning it.

“I can’t put into words how much that means because we’ve come far,” she concluded.

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