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Strictly's Oti Mabuse details the trolling hell her sister Motsi and Shirley Ballas face


Strictly’s Oti Mabuse has discussed her sister Motsi and fellow judge Shirley Ballas’ trolling ordeal and how she herself has been judged on social media for being ‘different.’

Appearing on Tuesday’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, the ballroom sensation, 30, said her beloved sister, 39, had needed to ‘step away’ from social media due to the level of abuse – with her and Shirley, 60, learning to rise above the criticism.   

Oti said: ‘She did find it hard, she was like “I need to step away because I don’t actually see these people, so it can’t really be real”… 

Candid: Strictly's Oti Mabuse has discussed her sister Motsi and fellow judge Shirley Ballas' trolling ordeal and how she herself has been judged on social media for being 'different'

Candid: Strictly’s Oti Mabuse has discussed her sister Motsi and fellow judge Shirley Ballas’ trolling ordeal and how she herself has been judged on social media for being ‘different’

‘Shirley was getting it even worse and they both had to kind of learn “I don’t need to respond, it’s not the real life and I’m good at my job”. 

‘They both needed to learn that. But my mum was there, she was like “you’re not going to say this to my daughter…”‘ 

The two-time Strictly champion, who triumphed in the last series with Bill Bailey, said she herself is not immune to criticism, revealing she had been targeted over her body and personality.  

She said: ‘I don’t really get it too much about my image, I get it because I’m loud… I’m like “you know where I’m from, get over it, turn your volume down…”

Judges: Appearing on Tuesday's Steph's Packed Lunch, the ballroom sensation, 30, said her beloved sister, 39, had needed to 'step away' from social media due to the level of abuse - with her and Shirley, 60, learning to rise above the criticism (above with Craig Revel-Horwood)

Judges: Appearing on Tuesday’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, the ballroom sensation, 30, said her beloved sister, 39, had needed to ‘step away’ from social media due to the level of abuse – with her and Shirley, 60, learning to rise above the criticism (above with Craig Revel-Horwood)

Oti said: 'She did find it hard, she was like "I need to step away because I don't actually see these people, so it can't really be real"'

Oti said: ‘She did find it hard, she was like “I need to step away because I don’t actually see these people, so it can’t really be real”‘

‘Because I also look completely different from the other dancers, I’m a lot curvier, I stick out. So for me, I’ve had to use it as a plus and say “yeah I am different, but that’s the way I am”.’     

Last month Oti revealed the tough separation she has faced from her family during the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional spoke to Lorraine revealing that she didn’t see her older sister Motsi for almost a year until Strictly reunited them.

Judgment: She said: 'Because I also look completely different from the other dancers, I'm a lot curvier, I stick out. So for me, I've had to use it as a plus and say "yeah I am different, but that's the way I am"' (abpve with 2019 dance partner Kelvin Fletcher)

Judgment: She said: ‘Because I also look completely different from the other dancers, I’m a lot curvier, I stick out. So for me, I’ve had to use it as a plus and say “yeah I am different, but that’s the way I am”‘ (abpve with 2019 dance partner Kelvin Fletcher)

She explained that before the 2020 series of the BBC dance competition began last Autumn, she hadn’t seen Motsi since the final of the 2019 series thanks to travel restrictions. 

Oti lives in the UK with her husband Marius Iepure while Motsi is based in Germany with her husband Evgenij Voznyuk and their young daughter.

After Motsi flew home following the 2019 Strictly finale, the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020 meant the two sisters were separated until the 2020 series.   

‘Actually the last time I had seen my sister was the Strictly final in 2019 and because of the travel bans I couldn’t go over to see her on her birthday,’ Oti explained to Lorraine.

‘We usually celebrate together so because of Strictly that was the only family member that I could actually see.’  

Oti is also missing her family back home in South Africa, explaining: ‘I haven’t seen my family in about two years because they’re from South Africa and it’s currently not great in South Africa as well.’

Online abuse: She said: 'Shirley was getting it even worse and they both had to kind of learn "I don't need to respond, it's not the real life and I'm good at my job".

Online abuse: She said: ‘Shirley was getting it even worse and they both had to kind of learn “I don’t need to respond, it’s not the real life and I’m good at my job”.

‘So to have Strictly is another thing that I’m grateful for, even though we were in separate bubbles it was nice that I could actually see her and she was there.’

Oti added that the lack of travel has actually allowed her to connect with her extended family though, as she explained:  

‘There’s opportunity to make new connections, to bond I know during the first lockdown we started Zooming weekly with the extended family, so first second and third cousins.’

 Everyone got to know each other, all the children. Christmas was also spent on Zoom, it was the entire family so it gave us the opportunity to make more connections and deeper ones.’

Two time champion: Oti won the competition for the second year in a row with Bill Bailey in December

Two time champion: Oti won the competition for the second year in a row with Bill Bailey in December



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