Oti Mabuse: ‘Wish I could cuddle you’ Strictly pro sends heartfelt message to BBC co-star

While Oti Mabuse, 29, wished fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Graziano Di Prima, 26, happy birthday this morning, the Greatest Dancer judge revealed how she wishes she could give him a “cuddle”. The Latin American dancer told her “brother from another mother” to enjoy his celebrations despite being housebound due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Oti decided to wish her pal Graziano a very happy birthday by sharing a selfie of the two of them, captioning it: “Happy to the kindest, sweetest guys @grazianodiprima,

“Wish I could cuddle you and celebrate this day with you but we will leave those for another time.”

The dancer continued to write: “In the meantime hope you enjoy your day and have a full, love filled day.

“Keep being that fun, ambitious and humble soul I love and adore HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER #howmanybirthdaysareinMay #happybirthday.”


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Soon after the Strictly star shared a tribute to Graziano on his special day, fans of the stars rushed to join her in the well wishes.

One wrote on her post: “Happy birthday xx,” while another thanked him for his “kindness”.

They commented: “Happy birthday @grazianodiprima I had the pleasure to meet you briefly after a show and you took the photos without me asking.

“I will never forget your kindness.”

A third also told the dancers to “embrace the change” while referring to the coronavirus lockdown.

They told Oti and Grazia: “Everything will be back to normal soon.

“Embrace the change and make the most out of every single day. Keep doing your thing @otimabuse.”

This comes after CBeebies Grown-ups announced how Oti will be joining Boogie Beebies and will lead virtual dance classes for children across the nation.

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Once Oti’s new role was confirmed, her winning celebrity dance partner Kelvin Fletcher, 36, passed on his best wishes.

CBeebies shared Oti’s new upcoming role last month when they wrote on Twitter: “Have you heard? Boogie Beebies is returning soon as part of a series of commissions help entertain at home.

“No Boogie Pete this time, but the awesome Oti Mabuse from Strictly! #InternationalDanceDay @OtiMabuse.”

Soon after Kelvin saw Oti’s new venture was confirmed, the soap actor shared his congratulations by writing: “Great news! I will be watching!”


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Meanwhile, shortly after the Strictly champion shared Oti’s career move, fans went on to write how they are excited to see her make a regular appearance on the channel.

One excited follower told the BBC favourite: “Oh please please include Can You Do The Kangaroo?!!!,” while another added: “Yay! Kids will love this.”

A third also commented: “I’ve not heard of this Boogie Beebies but I am very Very excited about it.

“When should we be expecting this?” to which CBeebies Grown-ups responded with: “Very soon, keep your eyes on our pages for updates.”

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