Former Strictly star Oti Mabuse says her figure has ‘completely changed’

‘My body has taken on a new shape!’ Former Strictly star Oti Mabuse says her figure has ‘completely changed’ since she quit dancing

  • The TV personality, 32, credited her new figure to a lifestyle change
  • She said she has gone from ‘being fit all the time’ to sitting behind a desk
  • The star quit Strictly earlier this year after winning on two consecutive years 
  •  Oti detailed how her boy no longer burns fat as quickly as she detailed learning to make time for ‘physical aspects’

Oti Mabuse has candidly discussed her ‘changing shape’ since she quit her role on Strictly Come Dancing after the 2021 series.

The TV personality, 32, credited her new figure to a lifestyle change, which has shifted from ‘being fit all the time’ to sitting behind a desk.

Speaking to Women’s Health UK, Oti detailed how her boy no longer burns fat as quickly as she detailed learning to make time for ‘physical aspects’.

Honest talk: Oti Mabuse has candidly discussed her 'changing shape' since she quit her role on Strictly Come Dancing after the 2021 series

Honest talk: Oti Mabuse has candidly discussed her ‘changing shape’ since she quit her role on Strictly Come Dancing after the 2021 series

Oti – who previously rehearsed daily during her time on the BBC ballroom show – said: ‘I haven’t been dancing, right? My body has completely taken on a new shape.

‘And you’re just like, “Oh my gosh, what is this? Is this turning 30?!” My body has completely changed from what I looked like, two, three years ago…My body just doesn’t burn as fast as it used to. 

‘I was going from dancing – literally running, jumping, being fit all the time – to sitting behind a desk or [sitting down when I’m] doing interviews. So I’ve learned that I need to make time for the physical aspects.’

Despite Oti’s claims that her figure has ‘changed’, she still looked incredible in an accompanying ski-themed photoshoot. 

Changing times: The TV personality, 32, credited her new figure to a lifestyle change, which has shifted from 'being fit all the time' to sitting behind a desk

Changing times: The TV personality, 32, credited her new figure to a lifestyle change, which has shifted from ‘being fit all the time’ to sitting behind a desk

Elsewhere in the chat, Oti discussed her new business-focused life after moving on from Strictly Come Dancing following seven years on the show.

Discussing the change of pace, Oti said: ‘I love being like, ‘We need a meeting now!’ [laughs] It also keeps me on my toes because I need to get my things together and be really focused.  

Oti, who is married to fellow pro dancer Marius Iepure – said: ‘I’m leading teams and people really want to work, and I’m pushing them and motivating them…For so long, the focus has been really to support and help my career. 

‘I’m really grateful to have a supportive husband and now, for me, it’s time to return that, to support him and help him. 

Wow! Despite Oti's claims that her figure has 'changed', she still looked incredible in an accompanying ski-themed photoshoot

Oti said: 'I haven't been dancing, right? My body has completely taken on a new shape'

Wow! Despite Oti’s claims that her figure has ‘changed’, she still looked incredible in an accompanying ski-themed photoshoot

‘He’s going to be travelling all over the world judging, so now I need to take on the [dance] school and the other businesses and head those things up.’

Oti – who won Strictly twice – went on to discuss the anxiety she felt stepping out of her comfort zone and into a new business venture. 

She said: ‘I’m changing and growing in a world that very much depends [not only] on how well you do your job but whether people connect to you, right?

She added: 'And you're just like, "Oh my gosh, what is this? Is this turning 30?!" My body has completely changed from what I looked like, two, three years ago'

She added: ‘And you’re just like, “Oh my gosh, what is this? Is this turning 30?!” My body has completely changed from what I looked like, two, three years ago’

New beginnings: Elsewhere in the chat, Oti discussed her new business-focused life after moving on from Strictly Come Dancing following seven years on the show

New beginnings: Elsewhere in the chat, Oti discussed her new business-focused life after moving on from Strictly Come Dancing following seven years on the show

‘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.’ 

‘And when a lot of things in your business are based off that [feeling], it was really, really scary. I was asking myself, ‘Am I ready? Am I fit enough to do this? Can I handle it?’…I come from South Africa, you know? I left a whole continent. I’ve always been up for a challenge.’ 

The full Oti Mabuse interview can be read in the December issue of Women’s Healtth UK, on sale now.

Out now! The full Oti Mabuse interview can be read in the December issue of Women's Healtth UK, on sale now

Out now! The full Oti Mabuse interview can be read in the December issue of Women’s Healtth UK, on sale now

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