Oti Mabuse received racist abuse during Strictly dancing stint
Dancing On Ice judge Oti Mabuse has revealed she received racist abuse as a professional on Strictly Come Dancing.
The South African-born dancer, 31, won the BBC competition twice, triumphing alongside soap star Kelvin Fletcher in 2019, then winning a year later with comedian Bill Bailey.
Last season she was paired with rugby player Ugo Monye. She later replaced actor John Barrowman on ITV’s Dancing On Ice judging panel.
Talking about her time on Strictly, Mabuse told the Radio Times: “I’ve faced some backlash while performing on the show.
“I’ve never really spoken about it because I’ve tried for so long to think about it this way: I work on a show that 10 million people love; if 10 or 100 people aren’t nice to me, that is not representative of everyone else’s view.
“It’s taken years for me to get that into my head.
“To get tweeted or receive a message in my inbox being racially abusive, or fat-shaming me, is horrible.
“But it’s written by a person who can’t even face themselves in the mirror.”