Dancing on Ice pro Vanessa Bauer talks 'romance' with Joey Essex

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Dancing on Ice professional Vanessa Bauer has spoken amid rumours of romance between her and skating partner Joey Essex.

The pair's partnership has sparked speculation that the two stars have gotten quite close in the last few months since being paired together.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's final, however, Vanessa admitted she has formed a stronger bond to Joey than her previous skating partners.

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“This time I’ve got Joey with me," she said (via The Sun). "Obviously we have a bond like I didn’t have with any of my other partners. It’s going to be special.”

Joey himself addressed the rumours of romance back in January during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

"The truth is obviously I’m single, Vanessa’s single," he said. "We go to the ice every day and it’s cold. You know what I mean? You’ve got to keep each other warm. So that’s it, really."

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Presenter Susanna Reid then suggested: "Well, it sounds like you’re not single and she’s not single. It sounds like you’re both together."

"No comment. I can’t confirm," Joey replied. "But, no, we are both single right now. We’re taking it slow. It’s all good."

Joey and Vanessa are heading into this weekend's Dancing on Ice final alongside Nile Wilson and Olivia Smart, and The Vivienne and Colin Grafton.

In last weekend's semi-final, Vanessa became overwhelmed with emotion as the pair skated a special routine honouring family members that they had lost.

Dancing on Ice airs on ITV1 and ITVX.

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