'Strictly' curse: Joe Sugg's partner Dianne Buswell splits with 'Emmerdale' actor boyfriend

Laura Hannam
Has the Strictly curse struck yet again? (BBC/REX)
Has the Strictly curse struck yet again? (BBC/REX)

Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer Dianne Buswell has called it quits with her Emmerdale star boyfriend Anthony Quinlan (Pete Barton).

A representative for Buswell confirmed the break-up to Metro: “Due to their busy schedules and distance they have split but still remain really close friends.”

Has the Strictly curse struck yet again? The break-up report in The Sun also says that Buswell has ‘grown close’ to her Strictly celebrity partner, YouTuber Joe Sugg.

Buswell and Quinlan had been dating for 10 months, but according to The Sun report Quinlan grew suspicious of her close friendship with Sugg. Reportedly this prompted Buswell to split with the soap actor, which only adds fuel to the fire that perhaps something is going on between the Strictly pair.

Judging by the Strictly couple’s Instagram photos, they do seem to be enjoying one another’s company.

A source told The Sun: “Everyone on set’s been discussing how close they’d become. It did not go unnoticed by Anthony.

“A couple of weeks ago they just decided enough was enough and ended things. It was only a few days after the Katya and Seann pictures emerged.

They added: “[Dianne] is having a lot of fun with the show at the moment and is enjoying spending time with her dance partner Joe.”

This year’s Strictly has continued to be a massive ratings hit for the BBC, and has barely been out of the headline for the last few weeks mainly thanks to Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’ kissing pictures.

And of course this scandal is just one of many associated with the Strictly curse. A long string of break-ups and Strictly romances have occurred ever since its very first series back in 2004, which have involved everyone from Kristina Rihanoff to Brendan Cole to even Louise Redknapp.

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