Inside BGT Judge Alesha Dixon and husband Azuka Ononye's love story: From tour dancer to life partners

Azuka and his wife Alesha met when he was hired as a backup dancer for her tour
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Alesha Dixon and her husband Azuka Ononye, who have been married since 2017, first crossed paths back in 2006 during a tour. Yet in a surprising twist, Azuka, a self-styled Independent Performing Arts Professional, made a heartwarming appearance alongside his famous wife, on the Britain's Got Talent stage on Friday, 31 May, where she delivered a medley of her greatest hits.

The couple's journey to romance first began eighteen years ago when Alesha's team brought Azuka on board as a dancer for her tour, sparking an immediate friendship between them. Alesha has previously revealed that she played "playing hard to get for about a year" but it was during the time she had a broken foot that their relationship deepened significantly.

"I couldn't walk," Alesha recounted, "and he was literally sleeping on the floor looking after me every day," reports OK!. She humorously remarked that this dedication made her realise he was "a keeper."

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Their romance blossomed swiftly, and within a year of meeting, they were celebrating the birth of their first child, a daughter named Azura. Alesha announced the arrival of their bouncing bundle of joy on her 35th birthday with a heartfelt message: "Thank you for all the lovely birthday messages! I've had the best present in the world... my baby girl Azura Sienna was born last week! ! ! ".

In 2019, the family joy doubled with the birth of their second daughter, Anaya, which they shared with the world on Alesha's 41st birthday. Alesha Dixon, celebrating her birthday, revealed that she felt like the "luckiest girl in the world as I celebrate my birthday today" and confirmed that she had given birth to baby Anaya seven weeks ago.

Alesha and her husband Azuka share two beautiful children
Alesha and her husband Azuka share two beautiful children

In a 2017 interview on Giovanna Fletcher's podcast, Alesha expressed that Azuka Ononye was the only man she could envision having children with. "I knew we could have children together because of our values, our morals, our thinking aligned," the singer explained, adding that she was "frightened" of bringing up children in a toxic environment.

The same year, Alesha and Azuka tied the knot in a private, intimate ceremony.

Alesha, who recently reflected on her Mis-Teeq days on BGT, was previously married to British rapper MC Harvey from So Solid Crew, whom she wed in 2005. However, their relationship ended in heartbreak when it was reported that he cheated on her with fellow pop star and his then West End co-star Javine Hylton.