Strictly's Motsi Mabuse 'had to learn to fight' for success growing up in South Africa

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse shared emotional memories of her childhood with the Loose Women as she recalled growing up and trying to build a successful career as a dancer in South Africa under the Apartheid laws.

"I have to be honest, you just showed that pic of me as a little girl, I had to suppress the tears," Motsi said.

"I still feel like now when we speak about this subject, everything keeps coming back from somewhere that I hid right back... it wasn’t an easy childhood. Our parents did their utmost that we felt loved, that we had everything that we needed, but we knew what kind of atmosphere we were growing up in," she explained.

"If you look at that little girl there, she had to learn from the onset that she had to fight, that this is going to be a really tough life she’s going to live. You never felt anything is fair unless you honestly succeeded in absolutely everything you did."

Motsi Mabuse speaks about her childhood in South Africa and the future of Strictly Come Dancing with the Loose Women

Motsi detailed the difficulties she faced while competing as a dancer in her homeland, where she said she never felt as though the playing field was level. However, that all changed when she came to compete in the UK.

"Everything that wasn't celebrated in South Africa, in London I was put on some sort of pedestal and I was like, 'What is going on here?'. The first time I was like, 'Wow I'm worth something!' You want to hear from other people, 'listen, what you’re doing is good.' That's why I came back!"

Watch Motsi's chat in the video above and catch her full interview - including her thoughts about Strictly Come Dancing making a return in lockdown - on the ITV Hub.

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