By Sarah Jones - 14th October 2021

Ugo Monye Wife: Who Was the Strictly Star Married To?

Ugo Monye Wife: Who was the Strictly star married to?

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Ugo Monye’s wife has been the subject of many a conversation during this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The rugby star ended up separating from his wife just before the show started- and it hasn’t been easy for him.

So who was the Strictly fave married to?

Ugo Monye Wife

Ugo Monye used to be married to Lucy Monye.

The pair had been married for five years, and have two daughters together; Phoenix, who is four, and Ruby, who is one years old.

Ugo Monye Wife: The family before the split.

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Ugo and Lucy ended up going their separate ways before the sportsman started the celebrity dancing show- and decided to go public in an effort to avoid talk of the infamous “Strictly curse”.

It’s been a difficult time for Ugo, who recently lost his father to prostate cancer.

The brave star said:

“It’s been hard. At times things have seemed a bit overwhelming but it’s been a tough period for us both. In some relationships there is a moment, a ‘thing’, that breaks the couple.

“It can be an exterior influence. It can be anything. But with us it was a number of things. We weren’t in a volatile relationship, we never hated each other and there was no third party. Forget the Strictly curse — it’s the Covid curse!”.

Despite his struggles, Ugo decided to continue with Strictly as he’s said its a “distraction” for him.


It’s thought that Ugo and Lucy were initially introduced by a mutual friend. And after just two years together, the couple decided to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony with their nearest and dearest.

Not much is known about Lucy Monye, and she has just 319 followers on her private Instagram account.

She’s now updated her bio to “mama, flying solo” after her split with Ugo.

Ugo Monye Wife: The Rugby star with his ex-partner Lucy.

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Ugo and Lucy Monye celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary earlier this year, but went their separate ways just four months later.

But, despite their split, Ugo and Lucy are determined to make the best of things for their kids.

Ugo revealed:

“Our focus is very much on the kids, protecting and fostering this amazing family unit.

It will take more work, of course, but Lucy and I are in a good place. We’ve even been discussing the idea of going on holiday as a family next summer.

She’s an amazing person and incredible mum.”

Strictly Supreme

When he announced that he would be joining Strictly Come Dancing during The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan, it was clear that he was excited.

He said:

“Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

My two beautiful daughters never had a chance to see me on the rugby pitch, so to know they can watch me waltzing and twirling every week is really special to me.”

And while things have been tough for Ugo, he hasn’t let it show on the dance floor.

The rugby ace hitting the floor on Strictly Come Dancing.

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The rugby ace and his pro dance partner, reigning champion Oti Mabuse, have been a hit with viewers so far, but he hadn’t really impressed the judges during his first couple of weeks.

His Samba in week 1 scored 18, as did his Quickstep in the second week of the show.

But things picked up for Ugo and Oti in Movie Week, who danced their couple’s choice to the music from Moana.

The pair wowed the judges and scored 31 points- one of the highest scores on the leader board.

So what will the couple be doing next?

This week, Ugo and Oti will be dancing the Rhumba- the most sensual dance performed on the show.

We’re sure Ugo will smash it!

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