BBC Strictly stars support pro dancer Luba Mushtuk as she reveals huge news

Strictly Come Dancing star Luba Mushtuk has announced the "special" news that she is now a British citizen in a new social media post.

The 34 year old, who joined the cast of Strictly in 2018, took to Instagram on Tuesday, 21 November to proudly reveal she has been granted British citizenship alongside two photos of her with her official documents at Camden Town Hall.

"She is a British Citizen. Special," Luba, who was born Saint Petersburg, Russia, penned, alongside three Union Jack flags.

Luba looked stunning in the photos as she sported a black turtle neck jumper and long coat, paired with heeled boots and jeans.

Luba's Strictly co-stars flocked to congratulate her, with head judge Shirley Ballas penning: "Huge congratulations," with a red heart emoji. Fellow pro dancer Karen Hauer said: "Congratulations!!! yay!" and Lauren Oakley said: "Yayayayayyyyy!!!"

"Wooo! Congrats!!" It takes Two host Fleur East said. Carlos Gu and Molly Rainford congratulated Luba, and as well as Graziano Di Prima and Jowita Przystal.

Zara McDermott commented a row of red heart emojis, as did Helen Skelton, and ITV's Lorraine Kelly said: "Congrats! Delighted to have you !"

Fans also congratulated Luba, with one writing: "Congratulations! We’re so lucky to have you," and a second person adding: "Whoooooh well done congratulations luba!"

Luba's news comes after she reunited with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Adam Thomas and his family to celebrate her 34th birthday.

Emmerdale star Adam, 35, was partenered with Luba on this year's series, with the duo making it to the seventh week of the competition before being eliminated in a dance off against Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington on Saturday, 4 November.

Having formed a close bond on the BBC show, Luba and Adam have continued to spend time together despite their Strictly exit. Luba joined Adam and his wife Caroline and their two children Teddy and Elsie-Rose to celebrate her 34th birthday earlier in November.

Luba posted a photo of their sweet reunion with her Instagram followers. In the snap, she cuddled up to Adam's children while Adam and Caroline happily posed behind them.

Captioning the fab pic, Luba shared: "Reunited and it feels so good. Love, cuddles, laughter, food, balloons, cakes, presents and more love…had the best birthday! Thank you. Love you guys," followed by the hashtag 'family.'

Adam also posted a string of pics alongside the caption: "Too much love for this one!! I wish we were celebrating your birthday in Blackpool this week, and having your very first fish and chips haha but that will just have to wait!!

"I know we never quite got to Blackpool which was our plan, but honestly, I feel like I won meeting you!! The loveliest and kindest soul…you really are part of my family now and we are part of yours!! Happy birthday @lubamushtuk."

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