HRVY admits he and Maisie Smith played up 'Strictly' romance for the cameras

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HRVY poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', in central London, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
HRVY at the Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker premiere in 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 finalist HRVY admitted that he and co-star Maisie Smith played up to romance rumours while on the show.

The two young competitors became good friends during their stint on the series, and YouTuber HRVY, 22, and EastEnders star Smith, 19, were said to be "secretly dating" behind-the-scenes.

It was even claimed that the pair got in trouble for sharing a snog backstage despite stringent social-distancing guidelines being in place.

Watch: Maisie Smith and HRVY have reportedly split!

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But six months on, HRVY – real name Harvey Cantwell – has admitted it was all false, with the “romance” actually nothing but a showmance.

“Nothing happened. It was funny to watch everyone talk about it,” he told The Sun.

HRVY and Maisie Smith were Strictly finalists (BBC)
HRVY and Maisie Smith were Strictly finalists. (BBC)

“Sometimes we were like, ‘Shall we play up to it?’ We are really good friends and still speak.”

He also hit back at viewers who went from liking Maisie to disliking her for "being too cocky" while partnered up with Gorka Marquez.

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“Everyone, especially at the moment, is saying, ‘You should be strong and confident’,” he said.

“But as soon as someone who is beautiful and confident and talented shows it and believes in it, they go, ‘That’s too cocky, you can’t do that.’

“It’s hard, but she did amazing.”

Picture Shows:  HRVY, Janette Manrara - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
HRVY performing with Janette Manrara on Strictly Come Dancing 2020. (BBC)

HRVY was partnered with Janette Manrara during the last series, and became her last ever celebrity partner.

The pair made it to the final alongside Smith and Marquez and eventual winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse.

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Manrara has now announced that she will be leaving the dancefloor in order to become the next co-host of Strictly’s spin-off show It Takes Two.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 08/06/2021 - Programme Name: EastEnders - April-June 2021 - TX: 18/06/2021 - Episode: EastEnders - April-June 2021- 6292 (No. 6292) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED TILL TUESDAY 8TH JUNE 2021*** Tiffany Butcher (MAISIE SMITH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes
Maisie Smith as Tiffany Butcher on EastEnders. (BBC)

She’ll be starring alongside Rylan Clark-Neal after Zoe Ball stepped down from the role this year after a decade.

The new series is scheduled to go ahead later this year as normal, following a shorter run in 2020 to accommodate coronavirus restrictions.

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.

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