Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and professional dancer Oti Mabuse fought off the competition last year and were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 lifting the illustrious Glitterball trophy. However, there are now fears Oti will resign from the dancing show after being left ‘devastated’ because of reports about her friendship with Kelvin Fletcher.
It has been reported Strictly Come Dancing bosses are fearing the worst believing Oti Mabuse could consider quitting the show.
The news comes amid reports of her friendship with the Emmerdale star and official winning partner, Kelvin Fletcher.
It is understood the professional dancer has been left ‘devastated’ over claims there is something romantic going on between her and Kelvin which both parties have strictly denied.
This week photos emerged of Kelvin and Oti out drinking until 3am following the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in which Kelvin won once again, but this time with Janette Manrara.
Express.co.uk has contacted BBC for a comment and Oti's representative for a comment.
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A BBC source told SunOnline: “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.”
At the end of January in an interview with Express.co.uk, the professional dancer laughed off the rumours of romance and admitted her husband Marius Iepure, 37, even encouraged her to get close to Kelvin during their saucy Rumba performance.
The dancer went on to gush about her long-term spouse about his understanding of the dance industry as she revealed they will have babies in the future, but not yet.
Kelvin was brought onto Strictly at the last minute last year after reality star Jamie Laing was forced to pull out of the competition following an injury.
The Emmerdale star didn’t waste any time in impressing both judges and viewers with Oti and the two were at the top of the leaderboard most weeks.
The two made it to the final and went up against EastEnders star Emma Barton and her partner Anton Du Beke and CBBC star Karim Zeroual and his parter Amy Dowden.
But since the competition, there have been a number of rumours that the two have been involved romantically, with a lot of people citing the “Strictly Curse”.
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When the annual Strictly Come Dancing Tour was announced, Kelvin was not going to be dancing with Oti.
Instead he was paired with Janette Manrara and the two went on to win.
Oti wasn’t part of the nationwide tour at all due to her commitments with The Greatest Dancer.
The BBC source continued: “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.”
Kelvin gushed about his wife Elizabeth Marsland on the show leaving the audience in tears after describing how they fell in love.
But throughout the series the rumours of romance with Oti were splashed across the press.
When the 3am photos of Kelvin and Oti came out, it is reported that Liz was left “fuming”.
She later appeared out without her wedding ring on, but photos later showed her kissing Kelvin claiming that she took the right off because she was getting a fake tan.