Oti Mabuse says Karen Hauer checked in to see if she showered amid tough time with husband

Oti Mabuse discusses her sisters' dancing talent growing up

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, 30, said Karen Hauer, 39, called every day to see how she was, as she stressed the importance of keeping in contact during the pandemic. Like many others, the Strictly winner’s schedule dried up after Covid-19 caused many shows to be cancelled.

The Masked Dancer UK judge had been scheduled to go on tour with her husband Marius Iepure, but this was cancelled.

She did however get to return to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor last year, as part of a socially distanced series.

The professional dancer became the winning professional for the second year running with celebrity partner Bill Bailey.

She said: “Your whole life is taken up by this amazing thing. And then after the final… it stops.

“There was no job at that point to distract me – my tour with Marius was cancelled, it was tough.”

The dancer added to The Telegraph: “Strictly dancer Karen Hauer is one of my closest friends and would call every day asking, ‘Have you showered?’ Get up – let’s work out’.

“I was like, ‘Nooo. I’m going to eat fries for breakfast’.”

She went on to say the pair were there for each other, adding that was “so important” to stay in touch.

Oti has since announced she will be going back on tour next year with her I Am Me shows.

During the pandemic, she has also been a regular guest on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Earlier this week, she wore a wedding dress on the show to mark the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary.

She shared a series of snaps of herself posing in the gown from her dressing room backstage.

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In view of her 571,000 followers, she wrote: “Welcome to @packedlunchc4 – where you can be a presenter, dancer and WEDDING DRESS IN LOCKDOWN MODEL – all in one, yes she is #packedlunchc4 FYI- no!”

Oti’s sister and Strictly judge Motsi wrote: “@mariusiepure we are ready!! Wedding reunion.”

The dancer tied the knot with Marius, also a dancer, in 2014.

Last year, she opened up about her future baby plans with her spouse.

She told The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine: “One day we’ll probably wake up and be like, ‘It’s time!’

“At some point I’ll want to give my nieces a few cousins, but it’s just not necessary at the moment.

“For now, I’m seeing how far I can take my career.”

Oti has since signed up for another series of Strictly, which returns later this year.

Catch Oti on Game of Talents tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

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