Strictly Come Dancing’s Motsi Mabuse has opened up about her family and life in Germany as well as working on the BBC show while living away from home
The dancer is one of the judges on the competition show and has to travel from Germany to take part.
She is married to Evgenij Voznyuk and the pair have a three year old daughter together.
The star opened up about how she coped going between the two countries while also maintaining her career.
She was forced to miss a week of the show recently when she came into contact with someone who had covid.
Since childhood I… was always determined to make it as a dancer. Dance felt like freedom and a way of expressing myself. But it was never about being on TV.
My life motto is… follow your dreams, be authentic, work hard and everything else will naturally follow.
My biggest bugbear is… overly critical people. As a judge on Strictly, the most important thing for me is the energy of words, how you speak to people and how you critique. I would never want anyone to feel uncomfortable about themselves – even if they are not getting something right.
The most important thing in life is… my family [Motsi lives in Germany with her husband, Evgenij Voznyuk, and the couple’s three-year-old daughter]. I am really grateful for Strictly and the exciting opportunities it throws up, but family will always come first.
My biggest cheerleader is… my husband. He is so supportive and both he and our daughter are always waiting for me when I get home from filming with huge grins on their faces.
I’m thankful for… the Covid pandemic has taught me to be even more thankful than I already was. I’ve never been interested in fame. For me, it is about having a real life, living in the moment and being with the people you love.
I’m a big believer in… fate. Faith plays a role in my life, too.
The most influential people in my life are… my parents. They always showed me and my sister [Strictly professional dancer] Oti that hard work pays off, but they were also very present.
Being a mum has taught me… to be empathetic to myself. If I want to raise a wonderful girl, then I should be good to myself as well.
The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me is… my fans sticking up for me online and protecting me. If you are in the public eye, trolls go online and say things but I have got a fan base who reply and say “that’s not true” which feels nice.
I don’t believe in… regrets. Everything happens as it should, so I don’t look back.
My remaining ambitions are… to be a great mum, to be a good person and to be a good businesswoman. It is up to us as a society to show that women can be good at all those different things.
I will always encourage my daughter to… be independent and to stand on her own two feet. Even if there are walls in front of her, she should never give up.