Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse has revealed that head judge Shirley Ballas receives more abuse on social media than her sister Motsi.
Speaking on Tuesday’s instalment of Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, Oti admitted her older sibling as found it very difficult dealing with online trolls since she joined the judging panel.
Oti, 30, explained: "She did find it hard, she was like, 'I need to step away because I don’t actually see these people, so it can’t really be real'."
However, it seems head judge Shirley also gets a barrage of abuse from random people.
"Shirley was getting it even worse and they both had to kind of learn, 'I don’t need to respond, it’s not the real life and I’m good at my job’," Oti continued.
"They both needed to learn that. But my mum was there, she was like, 'you’re not going to say this to my daughter'."
Oti went on to reveal that their mum is "in all of the Strictly groups" and can't resist replying to the trolls.
"We’re like, 'Mum stop it!' And she says, ‘how would you feel if someone was talking like that about your daughter?'"
The conversation about trolling stemmed from the show’s topical chat about actress Nicola Coughlan hitting back at a podcast host who described her as "the fat girl from Bridgerton".
Oti said of the comment: "It blows my mind because she’s there [at the Golden Globes] because she’s an actress, a really, really good actress and why should it matter what she looks like and why should we shame her?
"A lot of the time when we don’t see people in the media that look like us, we can assume or gain insecurities that what we look like is wrong. I don’t think we see enough of people who look like Nicola."
Oti continued: "For women, a lot of the time, you get that, when you cut your hair they go, ‘oh I don’t like it’, when you’re a bit too muscly ‘oh you look like a man’. We get judged so much, it’s a shame."
Asked if she has been trolled because of her appearance, Oti replied: "I don’t really get it too much about my image, I get it because I’m loud… I’m like, 'you know where I’m from, get over it, turn your volume down…'
"Because I also look completely different from the other dancers, I’m a lot curvier, I stick out. So for me, I’ve had to use it as a plus and say, 'yeah I am different, but that’s the way I am'."
Steph's Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.