Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has told of a furious row with her co-star Craig Revel-Horwood over a comment he made about her looks.

The dancing queen slammed Craig for making comments about her boobs that left her distraught and "unleashed years and years of pain".

In her brand new autobiography, the 60-year-old wrote: "It was awful, and very, very painful.

"It brought up a lot of things from my past that I thought I'd dealt with.

"Once again, I was propelled back to my toughest days with [ex-husband] Corky, when he would make comments about my appearance: my crooked teeth, my nose, my a*** that was too big.

Shirley says Craig apologised after making the unkind comments
Shirley says Craig apologised after making the unkind comments

"All those insults just came flying back as I read what Craig had said, apparently in jest."

After Craig's comments, Shirley had a chat with him and "told him exactly how [she] felt".

She said: "'I'm your colleague. I should feel safe around you. You should feel like a protector to me, and I should to you.

"'If I have to worry every time you go out that you're going to talk about me, that doesn't make me feel good about being on this show.'"

In the book, Shirley writes: "I can tell you, when a man makes remarks about a woman's appearance, what they don't realise is, they might think it's funny and other women may even laugh along, but actually it's not funny at all.

"Women don't need anyone else to make critical remarks about them. We're quite critical enough of ourselves without them chipping in."

Shirley said that Craig, 55, did apologise profusely and also sent her flowers after their argument.

Her autobiography Behind The Sequins (BBC Books/Penguin) is out now.