Ashley Banjo says he’s taking perspective of ‘what really matters’ amid the pandemic

By | August 5, 2020
Ashley Banjo says he’s taking perspective of ‘what really matters’ amid the pandemic

Ashley Banjo says he is taking perspective of ‘what actually issues’ amid the pandemic

Like hundreds of thousands of individuals, he is slowly adjusting to a ‘new regular’ because the coronavirus lockdown restrictions start to raise.

And Ashley Banjo has mirrored on how ‘fragile’ life is as he opened up on how he is reflecting on ‘what actually issues’ on the earth amid the pandemic.

Chatting with MailOnline forward of the launch of Malibu’s Coconut Problem, the Dancing On Ice decide, 31, mentioned what it is like isolating together with his dance troupe Range and admitted he feels the stress of being answerable for their welfare.

Reflection: Ashley Banjo has reflected on how ‘fragile’ life is as he opened up on how he’s reflecting on ‘what really matters’ in the world amid the coronavirus pandemic

Reflection: Ashley Banjo has mirrored on how ‘fragile’ life is as he opened up on how he is reflecting on ‘what actually issues’ on the earth amid the coronavirus pandemic

Discussing what he is learnt about himself amid the covid-19 lockdown, the dancer instructed how the impression that the virus has had on the world has actually made him entry what’s essential in life.

Ashley, who shares daughter Rose, 17 months, and son Micah, 14 months, with spouse Francesca Abbott, mentioned: ‘I’ve learnt how fragile all of that is. We put quite a lot of emphasis on a life and what we do. However what I’ve realised is, oh gosh, it takes one thing invisible, one thing we won’t even see to show it on its head.

‘And I believe you get extra perspective on what actually issues and even the particular person you might be.’

He continued: ‘With lockdown it is compelled you right into a sure state of affairs, generally you do not even realise that you just make sure excuses. You are form of like oh ‘I’ve to do that’ or ‘I haven’t got to do that’, whereas with lockdown, as a result of there isn’t any must do something, it is like proper, let me do what I wish to do or what I really must do. It was fairly revealing.’

Responsibility: Speaking exclusively to Mail Online ahead of the launch of Malibu’s Coconut Challenge, the Dancing On Ice judge, 31, discussed what it’s like isolating with his dance troupe Diversity and admitted he feels the pressure of being responsible for their welfare

Accountability: Talking solely to Mail On-line forward of the launch of Malibu’s Coconut Problem, the Dancing On Ice decide, 31, mentioned what it is like isolating together with his dance troupe Range and admitted he feels the stress of being answerable for their welfare

He went on to say that after months of being at dwelling, he now plans to journey and see folks extra as he admitted that he took this stuff as a right beforehand.

He defined: ‘Regardless that it did not occur that always, we take as a right that we will stand up and go anyplace we wished at any given time and that is one thing that I believed, wow, I do not try this sufficient.

‘I at all times say ‘we’ll, we’ll’, so I am going to positively get out and journey extra. And even simply assembly up. I do not think about myself a social particular person as a result of I am at all times so busy, however I’ve realised that truly I’m. I miss folks and I miss being with folks, I have been part of a gaggle my complete life.’

In the meantime, the dancer opened up on isolating with Range, after the group determined to stay collectively in order that they may proceed to rehearse and carry out.

He mentioned: ‘We’re on lockdown collectively and went from not seeing one another, to seeing one another on a regular basis. All of us obtained examined and so they all got here again unfavorable, and as soon as the checks got here again, all of us turn out to be a family.

Candid: Ashley, who shares daughter Rose, 17 months, and son Micah, 14 months, with wife Francesca Abbott, said: ‘I’ve learnt how fragile all of this is. We put a lot of emphasis on a life and what we do (pictured with his family)

Candid: Ashley, who shares daughter Rose, 17 months, and son Micah, 14 months, with spouse Francesca Abbott, mentioned: ‘I’ve learnt how fragile all of that is. We put quite a lot of emphasis on a life and what we do (pictured together with his household)

‘We’re touring and dwelling collectively now, it is fairly cool. It is like being again at Uni!

On how he is coping dwelling together with his fellow BGT winners, he defined: ‘I am a really hectic, go go go particular person. A few the boys have had their ft up with a cup of tea watching Coronation Avenue. Whereas I am much more in it. We’ll work issues out, work out runs and rehearse after which we’ll go and carry out. So it is all fairly energetic, it is enjoyable.’

Nevertheless, whereas its all enjoyable dwelling and touring with the group, Ashley additionally confessed that amid the impression that the virus has had on folks, their jobs and their livelihoods, he felt the burden of duty for Range.

He instructed MailOnline: ‘As an employer, like so many others, I used to be sitting there pondering, I’ve to do my finest by my staff.

‘It would not make it simpler for anybody else however for me, 80% of these individuals are my family and friends, so it was like I needed to make it possible for they have been OK.

Perspective: 'What I’ve realised is, oh gosh, it takes something invisible, something we can’t even see to turn it on its head. ‘And I think you get more perspective on what really matters and even the person you are.'

Perspective: ‘What I’ve realised is, oh gosh, it takes one thing invisible, one thing we won’t even see to show it on its head. ‘And I believe you get extra perspective on what actually issues and even the particular person you might be.’

‘I had to consider the enterprise, examine on everybody’s well being… rapidly, issues that have been simply materials, they appeared to not matter as a lot.

On whether or not he felt the stress of duty, he mentioned: ‘After all. However contact wooden, every thing is nice.’

And whereas Range are definitely on monitor, Ashley revealed that he hopes all shall be OK with Dancing On Ice when he returns as a decide early subsequent 12 months.

‘Contact wooden that every thing occurs as regular as a result of proper now we’re unsure that every thing’s going to occur because it ought to’, he defined. ‘I am unsure personally what is going on to occur however I am actually excited for it to return again.’

Amid information that the ITV present must make many changes to stick to social distancing tips, together with the concept of the celebrities isolating with their skilled skate companions, Ashley mentioned it will merely be a case of following the foundations.

Fun times: 'We all got tested and they all came back negative, and once the tests came back, we all become a household. ‘We’re touring and living together now, it’s pretty cool. It’s like being back at Uni!'

Enjoyable instances: ‘All of us obtained examined and so they all got here again unfavorable, and as soon as the checks got here again, all of us turn out to be a family. ‘We’re touring and dwelling collectively now, it is fairly cool. It is like being again at Uni!’

Duty of care: 'It doesn’t make it easier for anyone else but for me, 80% of those people are my friends and family, so it was like I had to make sure that they were OK'

Obligation of care: ‘It would not make it simpler for anybody else however for me, 80% of these individuals are my family and friends, so it was like I needed to make it possible for they have been OK’

He mentioned: ‘If we needed to make Dancing On Ice tomorrow, proper now we’ve got a algorithm to observe, it will imply folks being away and isolating and all types.

‘It’s kind of what I am doing with Range proper now, I am away from my household. However clearly, the present begins in January and that is a while away, so who is aware of what it will be like then. ‘

Giving his ideas about one other risk of the present doubtlessly going forward and not using a stay viewers, he added: ‘There’s been loads of exhibits which have gone on with out stay audiences and labored.

‘If that was ever the case, I am certain they’d get round it. However in fact, a stay viewers is an incredible software for vitality, I stay for stay audiences, so yeah, it will be fascinating.’

And whereas there’s just a few months to go till Dancing On Ice hits TV screens, within the interim, Ashley has been engaged on a brand new mission that has seen him be part of forces with Malibu to ‘carry slightly little bit of sunshine to the world’ with the launch of #TheCoconutChallenge.

Importance: ‘I had to think about the business, check on everyone’s health… all of a sudden, things that were just material, they seemed to not matter as much'

Significance: ‘I had to consider the enterprise, examine on everybody’s well being… rapidly, issues that have been simply materials, they appeared to not matter as a lot’

Alongside over 30 Malibu Ambassadors from seven totally different nations together with former X Issue star Fleur East, Ashley will carry out his tackle a choreographed routine by famend choreographer Matt Steffanina, dancing to The Coconut Nut Malibu Remix, which is combined by American DJ and producer Dillon Francis.

Followers may have an opportunity to characteristic in Dillon’s crowdsourced music video (scheduled to premier this Summer time), just by showcasing their very own strikes and tagging their social media posts with #TheCoconutChallange.

Discussing his involvement within the problem, he mentioned: ‘It sounded enjoyable and it  will unfold a little bit of positivity. From the second Malibu obtained in contact and I heard Dillon Francis was remixing the tune and I heard they simply wished to carry slightly little bit of sunshine into folks’s lives, I used to be like yeah completely!

‘I learnt the dance and I obtained Range collectively and we actually simply spent the day dancing round and studying the problem and listening to the tune, it was the type of vibe I wished to place out to everybody else.’

New series: 'Touch wood that everything happens as normal because right now we’re not sure that everything’s going to happen as it should... but I’m really excited for it to come back' (pictured with his fellow DOI judges in February)

New sequence: ‘Contact wooden that every thing occurs as regular as a result of proper now we’re unsure that every thing’s going to occur because it ought to… however I am actually excited for it to return again’ (pictured together with his fellow DOI judges in February)

He continued: ‘What I like about dance is that it is so expressive. You may by no means have two dancers and two choreographers the identical. I’ve at all times been a fan of Matt, he is labored so onerous and constructed up an unbelievable model, so I used to be positively blissful to leap on and be part of one thing he choreographed.’

And whereas the Britain’s Bought Expertise winner is thought for his impeccable dance abilities on stage, he says it’s miles totally different from being on a dancefloor at a celebration and admits to feeling stress to stay as much as his fame.

He mentioned: ‘After I’m out and about, I am going to positively be up on the dancefloor. I am into music, so if we’re having a celebration with buddies, I am going to positively have a dance however I am not on centre stage, I am on a dancefloor!

‘That is what dancefloors really feel wish to me, they’re too just like levels generally. If I have been to face on a dancefloor, folks will certainly look.

‘If you happen to noticed me on a dancefloor and I did a step flawed you’d rapidly decide me, would not you! I’ve to be on level for myself, not even for different folks.’

New project: Ashley has joined forces with Malibu to ‘bring a little bit of sunshine to the world’ with the launch of #TheCoconutChallenge

New mission: Ashley has joined forces with Malibu to ‘carry slightly little bit of sunshine to the world’ with the launch of #TheCoconutChallenge

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