Ashley Banjo reveals he wouldn’t change anything about the past year despite being subjected to heavy backlash over his Britain’s Got Talent performance.
The dancer’s group Diversity came under scrutiny for delivering a powerful performance on the talent show in September, with elements recognising the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality.
Ofcom received more than 24,000 complaints over the routine before later stating they will not be investigating further.
Reflecting on the controversy, Ashley said on Good Morning Britain: ‘It’s not a year I would take back, I’ve learnt a lot this year, been through a lot this year and I would never ever go on about it because there are so many other people who have had so much more a tough time than me.
‘Me and the rest of Diversity have been relatively lucky… we’ve still got each other, we’ve been performing, we’ve been filming. But even for us it’s been tough. Looking after the rest of the group and not knowing what’s going to happen.
‘At the end of the day we are a small group, we’re a small business and we’ve been hit as well. It’s been so so tough for so many people out there I would never go on about how hard it’s been for us.’
There have been happy moments for Ashley, who welcomed his second child, son Micah, during the first lockdown in March.
‘That was when it really hit me, holding my son at the time, my little girl was still small, she’s around one. You pinch yourself like what has happened in the world but things are looking up,’ he said.
Ashley, 32, will be back on screens this month as he takes part in The Real Full Monty, joining celebrities like his fellow Diversity member Perri Kiely, Coleen Nolan, Love Island star Shaughna Phillips and actress Linda Lusardi.
However this year, it’ll be with a twist as the stars will be getting nude on ice for the first time.
When asked how long he’ll be stripping down for, Ashley told Piers: ‘Hopefully not too much for too long.’
He then quipped: ‘What a year, I’m sitting here talking to you about not only getting naked but on ice skates.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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