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Oti Mabuse opens up about body insecurities after 'really scary' Strictly exit

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Strictly star Oti Mabuse announced her departure from the show earlier this year but has since admitted the transition was so "scary" that she questioned whether she could handle leaving it behind.The 32-year-old, who left her birthplace South Africa aged 16 to pursue a career in dance, was daunted about the prospect of turning away from the hit show that had first given her fame in the UK."I’ve been under this incredible umbrella for seven years, where people know on Saturday night you bring them joy, and you make them smile," she mused."When a lot of things in your business are based off that [feeling], it was really, really scary [to leave]."I was asking myself, ‘Am I ready?

Am I fit enough to do this? Can I handle it?'" the ballroom star agonised.However she concluded in a new interview with Women's Health UK magazine that she has always been up for a "challenge".However, Oti had previously explained that she'd been keen to leave the show while it was still at its "peak".She'd also confided in Women's Health UK that she had insecurities about her changing metabolism, admitting that it had become increasingly difficult for her to "burn [fat] as fast as [I] used to"."Oh my gosh, what is this?

Is this turning 30?!" she exclaimed, before adding: "My body has completely taken on a new shape [since] two, three years ago."Meanwhile, having already hit the main target that she arrived in the UK to achieve - winning Strictly - she decided it was time for new projects.That meant leaving the show behind, despite her sister Motsi still returning as a judge without her, and trying her hand at a Dancing On Ice judging role instead.Oti has appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox and The Masked Dancer too, while her husband Marius Iepure,.

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