Strictly's Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal reunite two years after romance 'tore them apart'

The former Strictly Come Dancing winners have reunited
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Strictly Come Dancing champions Hamza Yassin and Jowita Pryzstal have reunited, two years after their triumphant win in the 2022 BBC competition.

Hamza, 34, and Jowita, 29, took to Instagram on Thursday evening to share a joyful photo of their reunion. Jowita is currently participating in the Strictly Come Dancing tour with her fellow stars, and Hamza surprised his former dance partner with her favourite chocolates backstage before the tour began.

Their friendship seems to be back on track following a turbulent period when Jowita was romantically involved with her co-star, Giovanni Pernice. During their time on the show, there were rumours that CBeebies presenter and wildlife cameraman Hamza had developed feelings for his professional dance partner Jowita, with whom he went on to win the coveted Glitterball trophy.

However, it was reported that Hamza was left heartbroken when Jowita began dating her co-star Giovanni, 34.

Jowita had been secretly seeing 2021 winner Giovanni and the couple were spotted sharing a kiss backstage. The revelation reportedly left Jowita's celebrity partner Hamza disappointed as he had hoped their friendship could evolve into something more, reports the Mirror.

An insider shared with The Sun: "Hamza and Jowita became very close and at times were quite touchy-feely. People would often see them sneak off together. But while Jowita thinks the world of him, she held back from anything romantic and kept him slightly at arm's length."

The source also revealed that when it came to light that Jowita was seeing Giovanni Pernice, her aloofness towards Hamza made sense. "While Hamza wants her to be happy, he was quietly devastated," they reported.

The pair first showcased their budding relationship at the extravagant birthday bash of Chelsea footballer Jorginho, just a few weeks after Jowita and Hamza clinched the victory on Strictly. This reveal led to rumours of a potential feud sparking between Giovanni and Hamza, seemingly confirmed by Hamza's decision to unfollow Giovanni on Instagram.

The Sun's source further added clarity to the situation - once it was known Jowita had entered into a relationship with Giovanni, it all became clear as to why she was keeping Hamza distanced. "While Hamza wants her to be happy, he was quietly devastated," they repeated.

It wasn't long after their outing to the ritzy party that Jowita was caught on camera exiting Giovanni's London-based flat only moments apart. The professional dancers gave what seemed to be a confirmation of their ongoing romance when they were photographed for the first time leaving his Notting Hill apartment, suggesting they had spent the night together.

Giovanni and Jowita were seen leaving a London flat separately, with a 30-minute gap between their departures. After being photographed, Jowita made her way to the train station while Giovanni set off for a series of interviews to promote his upcoming tour.

Speculation about a possible romance between Jowita and Giovanni has been rife since they first danced together on the show in October, their chemistry evident. Observant viewers also noticed Giovanni giving Jowita a lingering hug after her win in December 2022.

Giovanni has a history of dating fellow stars he's met during the Strictly competition.

The Italian dancer previously dated his celebrity partner Georgia May Foote, following their runner-up finish in 2015. He was also in a relationship with contestant Ashley Roberts in 2018, after she competed on the show, and they remained together for a year.

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