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Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin reveals secret struggles behind glitzy BBC show

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STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Nikita Kuzmin has bravely spoken out about his secret health struggles and fears for family in Ukraine.

In a recent interview, the 24-year-old professional dancer explains how he has been dealing with his type 1 diabetes diagnosis and is open about his fears that his family will be left behind in Ukraine amid the ongoing war.

Away from the small screen, Nikita had enjoyed much success as an aspiring dancer, winning six Italian championship titles for his performances.

However, while he impresses audiences and judges with his skillful movements, his battle with type 1 diabetes is constantly at the forefront of his mind.

HEALTH FIGHTS

Nikita, who worked with Paralympian Ellie Simmonds on this year’s show, reveals his battle with the chronic illness hasn’t affected the way he thinks, as managing it has become his “superpower”.

Diagnosed at the tender age of 13, he candidly revealed, “I mean, first of all, I’d really like to tell all kids and people in general that this is our superpower.”

He added: “We learn to take responsibility from a young age. How to deal with problems with the disease.”

But unfortunately for the Ukrainian dancer, who first joined Strictly last year, that’s not the only issue he’s grappling with off the show.

FEAR FOR FAMILY IN UKRAINE

Amid the war against Ukraine, where his family still resides, Nikita faced ongoing fears for their safety after Russia declared war on the country earlier this year.

In another recent interview, he admitted: “It’s quite difficult, so I’m trying – I call my grandparents every day.”

ROMANTIC RUMORS

As usual, Strictly Come Dancing has always been linked to rumors of backstage romance.

And Nikita has also fallen victim to the rumor mill. Earlier this year, Nikita raised suspicions of a growing romance with co-star Molly Rainford.

The Sun exclusively revealed the pair became closer at the National Television Awards in October this year.

Although there seemed to be hints that this was true, Molly was quick to deny rumors.

She said: “I think because we’re a similar age, we just get along really well. i’m not looking for love I’m definitely focused on work. I wouldn’t have time for dates at this point too busy.”

However, Nikita has dated her dancer Nicole Wirt and the couple made no secret of their romance for all to see on social media.

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