Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse has reportedly begged BBC bosses to pair her with an older celebrity after her close relationship with latest dance partner Kelvin Fletcher with questioned.
The Greatest Dancer dance caption, 29, was caught on camera enjoying nights out with Kelvin, who she won the 2019 edition of the BBC Dancing show with, earlier this year.
According to The Sun, Oti doesn't want her career to be tarnished after it was alleged that former Emmerdale hunk Kelvin sent a string of x-rated messages to a busty blonde behind his wife's back during his time on the show.
A source told the publication: "After Kelvin’s messages were revealed, Oti tried to distance herself publicly from him.
"She’s good friends with Kelvin but this experience has made her panic about the brand she has built.
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"Oti asked that she be paired with someone older in the next series to stop any speculation about the nature of their relationship.
"Being linked to a scandal is the last thing Oti wanted and she never wants it to happen again."
Older male stars who have previously starred on Strictly include Bargain Hunt presenter David Dickinson, 78 and John Sergeant, 75.
Oti first took to the Strictly dancefloor in 2015 and she has become a BBC star over the past five years which led her to be cast as a coach on primetime Saturday night show The Greatest Dancer, alongside Cheryl.
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Dancer Oti is happily married to dancer Marius Lapure, who tied the knot in 2012.
The couple were forced to address speculation that they were expecting their first child earlier this week as Marius teased fans with a cryptic snap on Instagram.
Marius shared a heartfelt couple's snap with Oti, posting it to his 9,370 followers on Instagram.
He wrote in the mysterious caption: "Psst… can you keep a secret? Link in bio," with a sunglasses face emoji.
His followers flocked to the post, asking the professional dancer if his wife was having a baby.
It turns out, the secret the couple were hinting at was that they're both staging events across the UK.
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to our screens later this year
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