Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice denied he is dating Strictly celebrity contestant Ashley Roberts.
The 28-year-old Italian dancer was interviewed on This Morning on Thursday and received a thorough grilling from host Philip Schofield on the rumoured romance.
“How’s Ashley?” Schofield coyly asked.
“She’s great. Why are you asking me that for?” Pernice replied.
Schofield referenced The Sun report that the two had ‘gotten close’ and had enjoyed a stream of secret dates.
Pernice laughed off the reports and said while she is great he is a single man.
“According to the press I change girlfriends every single day!” he said
“So have you settled on Ashley?” Schofield continued to pry.
“We are really good friends. She’s a lovely person, but I’m single,” he said.
Meanwhile Pernice’s dancing partner – Steps group member Faye Tozer – confessed she’d been trying to appear on Strictly for at least ten years.
“Ten years at least! I’ve been knocking on the door. Asking my agent to send casting directors down to see me just in case they’d want to pick me!” Tozer said.
And while she said Strictly has lived up to her expectations, she’s found the physical toil surprisingly challenging.
“Physically it’s a lot harder than I expected. I thought I was fit before I started! I go to the gym, do lots of classes, I thought my cardiovascular health was really good. But no, it’s just another thing! Your body is battered in a different way each week” she said.
Tozer and Pernice topped the Strictly leaderboard last week and are tipped to make it the Strictly finals.
Although Pernice denies the romance with Roberts, this wouldn’t be his first Strictly romance. He dated his former Strictly partner, former Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote, but the couple’s relationship lasted less than a year.