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Dianne Buswell, 31, has been the target of vile abuse from trolls, who have sent unfounded claims that she has cheated on her boyfriend of two years, Joe Sugg, with her partner on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, The Wanted singer Max George. Bosses at the BBC have now ramped up security after learning of the malicious tweets which have been sent from a number of different accounts.
This was truly chilling
In one of the sinister messages, a fan of the show claimed to be at the apartment block where Dianne and Max are staying during the COVID-secure series.
The message has now been removed from the social media site which finished with: “This will be the end for Dianne.”
A show source told The Sun: “This was truly chilling — because someone claimed to be waiting for Dianne at a certain address.
“That triggered a security alert and obviously had to be taken seriously.
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“Producers have taken action, along with security teams, and reassured the cast that their safety is paramount.”
BBC producers have now maximised security around Dianne and also reviewed the show’s protective measures.
The insider continued: “Strictly rightly take the safety of their stars very seriously, and felt the move was warranted.
“They would rather be over-cautious than not react to things. Fortunately, Dianne is a really positive person and has a tough skin so focused her efforts on her first live dance with Max.
“She wants to enjoy the show and ignore any negativity,” they added.
Competing in a high profile show can sometimes see stars receive threats from members of the public and the source said that Elstree studios has now focused on its security presence.
“Sadly, death threats to cast members are something producers have to deal with as the profile of their talent is sky-high,” they said
“There is a strong security presence at the studios in Elstree, even with less people coming and going due to the Covid restrictions. They might now set up patrols near their accommodation too.”
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It comes as Max revealed he has been placed on an intimacy ban with other contestants on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, amid coronavirus social distancing regulations.
The singer revealed that those taking part in this year’s series get shouted at if they start to “approach” someone less than two metres away.
Each couple on the show has been placed together in a support bubble, which only allows them to dance and work closely together.
However, close interaction with other members on the programme is explicitly forbidden.
Max divulged: “If you start approaching someone, you get shouted at.
“Someone will yell, ‘Two metres!’
“So they’re on top of it,” he added to Radio Times Magazine.
If any of the contestants do test positive for COVID-19 on the programme, they will be asked to leave immediately.
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