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AJ Odudu feels “completely liberated”

AJ Odudu has said she feels “completely liberated” after being able to show more vulnerable sides of her personality and be her “unapologetic self” while on Strictly Come Dancing.

The TV presenter, 33, is paired with professional partner Kai Widdrington on the dance competition and said being taught how to express her emotions through dance has been “life-changing”.

Odudu also addressed the romance rumours between the two and feels it is “lovely” that people are so invested in their relationship.

She said: “I do definitely feel empowered by the show, I’m completely liberated.

“There are so many little things as well in television that I think subconsciously I’ve not even realised about myself, even the confidence to go on TV in front of millions of people without a face of make-up on, that’s been quite a thing.

“Showing different sides of my personality, being my complete unapologetic self, has been quite liberating because, I guess, it’s not something that I do naturally, like go on TV and cry, I’m always usually bubbly and bouncy.

“So, just to show myself, and be accepted for me being myself, has been really amazing.”

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