Motsi Mabuse posts veiled friends dig as Strictly cast row over Ukraine conflict

Motsi Mabuse has shared a cryptic post about friendship online just days after Strictly Come Dancing stars have spoken out about the Russia Ukraine conflict.

On Sunday (27 February) evening, the Strictly judge took to Instagram to share a pointed message with her loyal legion of fans online.

Over the past week, the 40-year-old ballroom dancer has shared a series of concerning posts about her family who have been caught up in the war-torn country.

With the limited contact they have, she confirmed that her parents-in-law were unable to cross the border to Germany but now continue to attempt to leave Ukraine via other neighbouring countries.

In the sensitive post Motsi confessed that the public reaction to the conflict going on overseas has given her perspective about who she classifies as a friend on the social media platform.

She wrote: “This situation also makes me how I could never, ever be friends with some people , friendly , politeness yes but never friends because we care about different things which is fine but also a reminder for me [heart emoji].”

It comes after former Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff came under fire from fans for a string of since-deleted tweets which appeared to support Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The professional dancer – who hails from Russia – shared a caricature of Western leaders Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau standing on a pile of dead bodies.

Biden could be seen pointing in the meme with a speech bubble reading “Russian man bad”, while Johnson cradles a glass of wine and Trudeau is wearing black face – referencing their past controversies.

She retweeted the political cartoon and captioned the post: “Don’t even have to say anything – pure genius.”

Since her controversial tweets, stars of the popular BBC One show have found themselves involved in a fierce social media spat over the Ukraine conflict.

One of the show’s most vocal stars – former professional dancer James Jordan – sparked the row with a tweet about some of the Russian dancer who work on the show.

The 43-year-old, who starred on the show from 2006 to 2013, said he was “very disappointed” that he hadn’t seen many Russian dancers that he has worked with over the years speaking out against the invasion overseas.

He wrote: “I don’t see many of the Russian dancers I know and have even shared the Strictly dance floor with them openly speaking out about the war against Ukraine.

“But are still promoting themselves on social media – very disappointed. They know who they are – not 1 post about it.”

Following his political post, head judge Shirley Ballas quickly snapped back at his statement, as she quote tweeted his fist comment.

She wrote saying: “@The_JamesJordan Dear James. Not sure who you follow and who follows you but many dancers I know have retweeted in support of the Ukraine and have felt shame at their own government, lots of help for their fellow dancers lots have spoken out and retweeted.”

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