Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly worried they’ll lose professional Oti Mabuse amid the romance rumours surrounding her and Kelvin Fletcher.
The dancer struck up a close bond with the former Emmerdale star during their winning stint on the BBC One show last year.
Despite insisting they’re just friends, Oti is said to have been left “devastated” by rumours that there was something romantic going on between them.
Kelvin, 36, shares two children with his wife Liz Marsland and Oti, 29, is married to Marius Iepure.
Liz was reportedly left “fuming” after pictures emerged of Kelvin and Oti heading into a hotel at 3am, and later appeared in public without her wedding ring on her finger.
However, pictures later came out of Liz kissing her husband at a train station and she insisted she had only removed her ring so she could get a fake tan.
And yesterday, Oti and Marius were picture lovingly beaming at each other as they arrived at a hotel in London.
But behind the scenes at Strictly, it’s said that bosses are scared she’ll quit the show after being surrounded by the rumours.
A source told The Sun: “Oti is a massive asset for the show. But at the moment she is very unhappy and upset at all the reports and has been left saying ‘do I really need all this BS?’
“She is married and has a lot of respect for Kelvin’s wife and wouldn’t carry on in this way.
“They are dance partners and friends and that’s it. Some people close to Oti are worried she will just eventually throw her hands up and pack it in.”
Oti, whose sister Motsi joined the judging panel last year, is also a captain on show The Greatest Dancer and is said to have producers lining up to work with her.
The source also says that after lifting the Glitterball trophy, Oti may feel she has nothing left to achieve on the show, and that after winning with Kelvin, it’s unlikely she’ll be paired with a favourite when the show returns later this year.
Oti also had to endure claims of favouritism after landing high scores from her sister.
But Motsi insisted throughout that she would judge her sister in exactly the same way as the other dancers.
She said last year: “I am going to judge her like any other dancer. Oti has done so well and I am so proud of her, and me being extra hard or me giving her extra points really would be disrespectful to what she’s achieved.
“And I wouldn’t want to do that. This show isn’t about me and Oti, it’s about everyone.”
Mirror Online has contacted the BBC for comment.
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