Strictly pro Luba Mustuks life – in love, two co-star romances and side job

BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Luba Mushtuk has never been one to hold back about her 'love' for her fellow professional dancers and on-screen partners over the years.

Her latest confession was about Emmerdale and Waterloo Road star Adam Thomas after the pair were voted off the BBC dance contest earlier this month.

It comes after rumours surrounding Luba being involved in romances with her fellow Strictly co-stars, after she has made it clear how much she cares about them in sweet messages online.

Fans were convinced that Luba was getting close to Italian professional dancer Vito last year after spotting him commenting cute emojis and hearts on several of her Instagram pics.

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When asked whether finding love on Strictly was a possibility, the Russian dance star candidly spoke about her relationship with her fellow cast members, as in 2021 she said: "I am in love with the Strictly family already."

Luba went on to explain that her main focus of appearing on the BBC favourite show is her performances on the dance floor and not finding love on the show.

"I love all of them, so when I'm on the show I'm focused about doing my job, and teaching people how to dance, and entertaining the audience at home, that's my focus."

When she joined the show in 2018, the professional dancer and choreographer was linked to another Strictly pro – Giovanni Pernice after she shared a video on Twitter of the pair dancing.

She captioned the clip: "@pernicegiovann1 you are 'My Man'", alongside a wink face emoji, but Giovanni who at the time was in a relationship with Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, quickly shot down any suggestion of a blossoming romance between himself and Luba, tweeting; "Another day another lady!!! So funny to read!! Who will be next!!"

Luba and Adam are clearly good friends, as she was in tears over the pair's exit from the show during It Takes Two spin-off show and said of dancing with Waterloo Road actor Adam, "I'll never forget."

Adam and Luba were booted off the Strictly dancefloor earlier this month after being eliminated in the dance-off. The pair went up against Angela Rippon and ultimately lost out after dancing the rumba to Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott.

Luba was visibly emotional at the start of the show segment as she wiped away tears after she and Adam were introduced by host Fleur East.

The two spoke about their Strictly journey with Adam proud about his performance on Saturday night. "I thought we did a fantastic job," he said. "We can leave with our head held high, I think."

Fleur then asked Luba about the intimacy of their dance, to which Luba replied: "The dance, it was so focused on the connection between us and, in rumba, if the girl looks good, it means the boy is leading well… it was beautiful, I will never forget it."

The presenter then probed the couple's connection on the dancefloor, with her line of questioning, asking: "Anton and Craig loved the connection between the two of you. Why has that worked so well?".

Adam sent the studio into peals of laughter by jokingly replying: "It's the Strictly curse! It's really connected us. I'm joking, I'm joking! Sorry!"

Luba won the 2018 Children In Need special with Shane Lynch but is yet to win the main show and outside of dancing she hinted she had another career away from the BBC show.

The champion dancer revealed: "I do acting and I started my new and very beautiful hobby. It is really challenging but I love challenging things.

"It's beautiful. I don't know where it's going to bring me but for now I'm studying and I love it."

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