Oti Mabuse reveals she tells Strictly contestants white lies
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Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse first tied the knot with her husband Marius lepure back in 2014. The professional dancer has since opened up about their relationship before the couple ever exchanged vows, where the BBC favourite admittedly threatened to walk out.
The 30-year-old spoke candidly on the She’s Just a Dancer podcast alongside fellow Latin champions, Joanne Clifton and Tjaša Vulič.
Oti opened up about the couple’s first meeting when she moved from South Africa to Germany.
The professional dancer was partnered with Marius and admitted she had ruffled his feathers with her no-nonsense demeanour.
The trio chatted about their relationships with male dancers with Oti revealing she had “found my voice” while working with her now-husband.
Oti explained that Marius had been partnered with a different woman prior to meeting his wife but had “carried all of their problems into their new partnership”.
Speaking about his former dance partner, the Strictly star remarked: “Not to bash her but she was a completely different dynamic from what I am.
“She was beautiful, didn’t need to work out, had the stamina, she had a ripped body and was a natural.
“In our dance world, I’m considered quite curvy and voluptuous. I’ve got boobs, hips and a bum but [the other dancer] was this perfect Russian girl.”
Oti added: “When they were teaching together, she would say, ‘I’ll stick with the kids because the kids don’t challenge me so much. Marius, you take on the champions.'”
The BBC favourite explained that Marius’ dance partner was happy with him taking the lead on the day-to-day running of their professional dancing worlds.
The Strictly star admitted the pair initially “clashed” because she wanted it to be an equal partnership as a dance couple.
“But here comes me, Oti, and there was a clash,” she chuckled.
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“I was like, ‘We’re going to be 50/50. Why’re you telling me what to do? Why am I starting with the kids? You start with the kids. I don’t want to deal with the kids.'”
Oti continued: “I’m a big personality and [Marius] is a big personality as well. So, it became a bit of a clash.
“There was one moment where he said to me, ‘No. You have to do this because you don’t know what you’re doing.'”
“I turned and said to him, ‘Let me tell you what I do know. I know how to pack my bags and leave.'”
The Strictly star explained their back and forth happened when the pair were first introduced.
“That happened within the first month of our meeting. It’s because he never had a woman that had a voice. A woman who knew her value,” Oti commented.
“I’m from South Africa and I may not be the best [dancer] but we don’t talk to each other like that. After [their clash] it completely changed and from that moment I had found my voice.”
Marius performed on Strictly in the group numbers in 2017 and the couple have been happily married since 2014 after meeting during a dance trial in Germany.
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