STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice doesn’t believe in the show’s ‘curse’ – as he opens up about his romance with Ashley Roberts.
The Italian dancer met the former Pussycat Doll during the 2018 series of the BBC One dancing show.
Despite being paired with different people, the couple confirmed their romance once the season had ended, and have been pictured on holiday together as well as some loved up dates.
Speaking to Weekend magazine, Giovanni, 28, said: “It’s a very new relationship. We’re getting to know each other outside Strictly.”
The couple recently finished the Strictly tour, which took them all over the UK, and Giovanni admitted: “That was good because there’s less pressure than on TV.
“Let’s see how the relationship develops. But my private life is just that: private.”
His romance with Ashley, 37, is his second relationship to come from Strictly, having dated his 2015 dance partner Georgia May Foote for eight months following the series coming to an end.
But his failed Strictly romance doesn’t mean he believes in the show’s infamous ‘curse’.
He said: “No. If you’re in a strong relationship, it’s not inevitable that you’ll begin an affair with your dance partner.
“The rumba, the Argentine tango, they require you to put across physical attraction. But it doesn’t have to spill over to real life.
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“My best Argentine tango was with Debbie McGee. Every time I watch it I get goosebumps.
“We’re still in touch, but there was never a relationship between us.
“Faye Tozer, my partner last year, is now a close personal friend, but she’s married with a son.”
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