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Motsi Mabuse claims ex-husband Timo Kulczak held her back as he refused to have a baby

‘We fought every day’: Motsi Mabuse claims ex-husband Timo Kulczak held her back as he refused to have a baby let her open a dance school

  • Motsi Mabuse claims her difficult relationship with her ex-husband Timo Kulczak held her back professionally as he refused to let her open a dance school
  • The former Ballroom and Latin dancer, 41, married her first love Timo Kulczak, 45, when she was just 22 years old and she broke off their 11-year marriage in 2014
  • Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi says Timo took charge of her finances, paying her an allowance from what she earned from her television appearances and dance classes, while she says he denied her requests to have a baby
  • The couple eventually divorced in 2014 and Motsi went on to marry her Ukrainian husband Evgenij Voznyuk in 2017 

Motsi Mabuse claims her difficult relationship with her ex-husband Timo Kulczak held her back professionally as he refused to let her open a dance school.

The former Ballroom and Latin dancer, 41, married her first love Timo Kulczak, 45, when she was just 22 years old and she broke off their 11-year marriage in 2014.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi says Timo took charge of her finances, paying her an allowance from what she earned from her television appearances and dance classes.

Tough times: Motsi Mabuse, 41, claims her difficult relationship with her ex-husband Timo Kulczak held her back professionally as he refused to let her open a dance school

In her book Finding My Own Rhythm, Motsi claims Timo chose what they ate and refused to split up from her when she spoke to him about it.  

She said: ‘Timo and I went to Thailand, and I told him, once and for all, that I was leaving

‘We fought every day, but I refused to back down this time.’

Looking back: The former Ballroom and Latin dancer, 41, married her first love Timo Kulczak, 45, when she was just 22 years old and she broke off their 11-year marriage in 2014 (pair pictured in 2011)

Looking back: The former Ballroom and Latin dancer, 41, married her first love Timo Kulczak, 45, when she was just 22 years old and she broke off their 11-year marriage in 2014 (pair pictured in 2011)

Their relationship fell apart after they stopped dancing together, despite the couple previously winning two German championships together.

Timo also declined her requests to have a baby and open a dance school together.

Motsi moved to Germany to be with Timo at the age of 18 but realised she was not in love with him at the time: ‘I wasn’t in love with Timo any more — and I hadn’t been for a while.’

Moving on: The couple eventually divorced in 2014 and Motsi went on to marry her Ukrainian husband Evgenij Voznyuk in 2017 (Motsi and Evgenij pictured in 2018)

Moving on: The couple eventually divorced in 2014 and Motsi went on to marry her Ukrainian husband Evgenij Voznyuk in 2017 (Motsi and Evgenij pictured in 2018)

The couple eventually divorced in 2014 and Motsi went on to marry her Ukrainian husband Evgenij Voznyuk in 2017.

While she insists she and Evgenij were never involved while she was with Timo, she admits the pair did talk about their feelings for one another which did speed up her split from Timo.

They now live in Germany together where they share a daughter, four, and run a dance school. She is still friends with Timo.

MailOnline has contacted Timo for comment. 

Elsewhere, Motsi Mabuse has said she is ‘sad’ her sister Oti will not be a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing this year but reveals she will remain on the judging panel for as long as they want her.

The South African-born dancers appeared together on the BBC dance competition for a number of years but in February, Oti, 32, announced she was leaving the show after seven years.

Speaking to Prima magazine, 41-year-old Mabuse, who joined the programme’s judging line-up in 2019, confirmed she had no plans to exit the show any time soon.

She said: ‘I’ll be sad not to see her on Strictly this year.

Speaking out: Motsi spoke to the current issue of Prima magazine

Speaking out: Motsi spoke to the current issue of Prima magazine

‘I’ll always worry about my sister, but I have to respect her decision and let her go. She’s proven that she can more than protect herself and push herself to new heights.

‘Meanwhile, I’ll continue to fly the Mabuse flag on Strictly for as long as they want me.’

Oti, who won the show in 2019 with soap star Kelvin Fletcher and in 2020 with comedian Bill Bailey, had prompted speculation about her future with Strictly after appearing as a judge on the latest series of ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

But Mabuse will return to screens when the new series launches on September 17 alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Anton Du Beke becoming a regular fixture on the judging panel following Bruno Tonioli’s exit.

Sisters: The Strictly judge said she tries to challenge her Dancing On Ice star sister Oti (both pictured in 2020), 32, but that they both try to be there to support each other as well

Sisters: The Strictly judge said she tries to challenge her Dancing On Ice star sister Oti (both pictured in 2020), 32, but that they both try to be there to support each other as well

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