Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice confirms his romance with Ashley Roberts.
The Strictly dancer, who is set to perform on a tour with fellow pros Gorka Marquez and Aljaz Skorjanec, revealed how he spent his Christmas and New Year holiday.
And he was not alone.
When Lorraine asked whether Giovanni would be dancing with Ashley in the Strictly tour, he replied: “It’s different things, I’m dancing with Faye and with Ashley – it’s different.”
After the outright confirmation of their romance, Lorraine continued to probe, and Gio kept tight-lipped before confirming he spent Christmas and New Year with her in Florida – along with Aljaz and his wife Janette Manrara.
At this, Aljaz jumped in to help his mate, saying: “It was beautiful I mean it’s always beautiful to be in Florida for Christmas and New Year but it’s bit weird because Santa usually comes on a sleigh rather than a surfboard.”
Then, Lorraine asked Giovanni how Ashley dealt with the criticism she received while on the show, after fans claime she was “too experienced” to be in the series.
He jumped to the defence of his new girlfriend, saying: “That’s the thing, every year, the same with my partner Faye.
“Every year people talk about the experience but not about the commitment to the show.
“They [the celebs] have never danced ballroom and Latin but they put 100 per cent in the show, and that’s the most important thing.”
But Aljaz also defended the celebs, saying any relationships which happen on the show is a “blessing” rather than a curse, as he met his own wife during a touring show before the BBC programme “made us even closer.”
Giovanni will perform on the Strictly tour, as well as Ashley and Aljaz, but Gorka will sadly miss out on this.
Ashley and Giovanni have been picured together a great deal since their Strictly drama, and Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell are another pair who found love in the most recent series.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.