Oti Mabuse is pregnant! Ex-Strictly dancer announces she is expecting her first child with husband Marius Iepure live on her breakfast show
Oti Mabuse has announced that she is pregnant with her first child with her husband Marius Iepure.
The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 33, confirmed their surprise baby news live on ITV’s Oti Mabuse’s Breakfast Show on Saturday morning.
She was joined by her Romanian dancer husband, 40, on her weekend chat show as he guided guests Marisha Wallace and Chizzy Akudolu through a dance routine.
But the couple surprised both their guests and viewers when they announced they are expecting their first child in the closing moments of the episode.
Embracing her husband, Oti began the closing segment of her show as normal, before teasing that they had been ‘holding in some good news’.
Congratulations! Oti Mabuse has announced that she is pregnant with her first child with her husband Marius Iepure
Overjoyed: The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 33, confirmed their surprise baby news live on ITV ‘s Oti Mabuse’s Breakfast Show on Saturday morning
She said: ‘Speaking of things that you didn’t know at home, we have a little something for all of you, we’ve been holding some good news. We’re having a baby!’
The couple then shared a warm embrace as the crew could be heard cheering, while Marisha and Chizzy looked completely shocked by the revelation.
After confirming the news live on air, Oti then took to Instagram to share an array of sweet snaps of herself cradling her baby bump as she posed alongside Marius.
She looked gorgeous in a pink off-the-shoulder jumpsuit as she cradled her blossoming baby bump and flashed a huge smile.
Oti cosied up to her husband in the snaps and opened up on her pregnancy in an accompanying caption, admitting she is ‘scared’ but describing it as ‘the best news’.
She also hinted at her due date as she told how their ‘beautiful journey’ is ‘nearly over’ and teased that ‘Christmas is about to get even louder’.
She penned: ‘Our ‘yes’ year is getting better and better and so is our little family.
‘We feel finally ready and excited to share our wonderful news. This is new for us scarier than swimming with sharks, jumping off cliffs or even swinging from bridges but the best news we could have ever ask for.
‘We’re having a baby!’: She was joined by her Romanian dancer husband, 40, on her weekend chat show and they announced their exciting news in the show’s closing moments
Gushing: Oti further opened up about her pregnancy on Instagram and seemingly hinted at her due date as she teased: ‘Christmas is about to get even louder’
All smiles: Oti was seen beaming as she attended The Big Feastival held on Blur musician Alex James’ Farm in The Cotswolds the day before confirming her baby news
‘We love our little bundle of joy so much already… and can’t wait to see what our future will now look like as family of 3 plus leo, it’s been a beautiful journey so far with close friends and family and nearly over but we have learnt a lot a long the way…. Christmas is about to get even louder.’
Oti and Marius met in Germany during a dance trial and competed together in several competitions.
Marius popped the question on his birthday to the Dancing On Ice judge in 2014 and the pair married the same year.
In 2017, Oti gave an insight into their proposal and hilariously told how she had told him that he was ‘annoying’ her by acting nervous, before he popped the big question.
Marking three years since the proposal on Instagram, Oti wrote: ‘Three years ago today this wonderful CRAZY man was annoying the life out of me because he was acting nervous (and yes I let him know I was annoyed) but it was only because he was nervous as he was GOING TO PROPOSE.’
Although Marius has not followed in his wife’s footsteps with a stint on Strictly, he’s no stranger to TV having appeared on two seasons of German show Let’s Dance.
Oti met Marius just before she was offered Strictly and she recently gushed over her partner moving to England to be with her while she pursued the opportunity.
She told the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine in June: ‘I realise how lucky I was. Marius moved to England for me. He had to make many sacrifices for me, and he had his own goals.
‘He’d be working in Iceland, Romania, Canada, but he would get back to spend the days I had off with me. Sometimes he would only be able to get back for a few hours, but he’d come to Blackpool just so he could cuddle me before a show.
Romance: Oti and Marius met in Germany during a dance trial and competed together in several competitions. Marius popped the question in 2014 and they married that same year
Dancers: Although Marius has not followed in his wife’s footsteps with Strictly, he’s no stranger to TV having appeared on two seasons of German show Let’s Dance (both pictured in 2022)
‘Lucky’: Oti met Marius just before she was offered Strictly and she recently gushed over her partner moving to England to be with her while she pursued the opportunity
‘Whatever I want, Marius helps me get it. He helps me remember why I’m doing what I’m doing. He’ll say, ‘Think of where you started out. Think of how far you’ve come.’ He’s my biggest cheerleader.’
The pair have also joked about the famous Strictly curse over the years, brushing it off as they insist it doesn’t ‘bother’ them.
Marius previously told the Daily Mail: ‘I’ve heard about the Strictly curse, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. I simply can’t afford to get a divorce so it’s not going to happen.’
Oti quit Strictly Come Dancing after the 2021 series following a seven-year stint on the show. Her sister Motsi is still a judge on the BBC dance contest.
Oti wanted to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge on ITV’s The Masked Dancer and Dancing On Ice.
She left Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56.
Oti recently insisted she has no regrets about leaving the BBC dance contest, admitting she rejoices about not having to be so restricted with her diet.
‘You have to take care of your body. You have to look a certain way,’ she said. ‘You have to be light enough to execute certain moves. I wasn’t able to eat what I wanted for so many years.’
She won the coveted glitterball twice, a feat only she and Aliona Vilani have managed, and is the only one to have done it in consecutive years.
‘I was literally obsessed with winning Strictly,’ she admitted. ‘I would eat, sleep, drink and think winning Strictly. There was nothing else.
New beginnings: Oti (pictured in 2019) quit Strictly Come Dancing after the 2021 series following a seven-year stint on the show
Success: She left Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56 (pictured in 2020)
‘You’re in a bubble, on a treadmill. Only when you step off it do you realise, ‘Oh my God, there are all these things I can do now.
‘I can sleep on a Sunday. I’m not waking up at 3am thinking about somebody’s cha-cha steps’. I walked away from all those things and I’m still alive.’
She admitted it was a huge gamble to walk away from Strictly, saying: ‘It hadn’t really been done before.’
‘You didn’t see female Strictly professionals do it,’ she explained. ‘It’s why I have a lot of admiration for Janette [Manrara, who quit dancing on the show to present the companion programme It Takes Two].’
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