Motsi Mabuse, 38, was quizzed by Holly Willoughby about her relationship with Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas on This Morning today. The presenter suggested the two women had been pitted against each other since the former joined the panel in replacement of former judge Dame Darcey Bussell this year.
The professional dancer responded: "It’s whether you’re professional and have respect for each other.
"I’m not going to engage in any of that kind of negativity."
Motsi went on to insist she “gets along so well” with Shirley but admitted she tends to be “strong” with her opinions on the programme.
Oti Mabuse’s older sister continued: "We can only learn from each other. I watch her and I think Shirley is such a great icon in our dance world and we get along so well, and she has an energy of course.
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"She has her opinion and she’s strong about it and I love it.
"And it makes me even stronger, because I feel as a woman, 'Look at her, we can do this together'."
Motsi also opened up about how her younger sibling and Strictly pro Oti reacted to her being called up to step in for Darcey
She divulged: “She was really, really happy for me.”
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