Strictly Come Dancing romances: Who's still together, and where are they now?

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to the BBC later this year, as a whole new batch of celebrities are paired up with the professional dancers in a bid to win the Glitterball trophy.

But one thing that has viewers wondering every year is whether there will be any new couples from the show.

Celebrities have often struck up romances with professional dancers on the BBC series, and not always the pros they were paired up with.

Amid constant claims of a show “curse”, with the show having seen a number of break-ups in its day, there’s been several romances that have had a happy ending.

Here’s all the couples who found love on the show, and where they are now…

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Rachel and Pasha recently tied the knot

When Countdown star Rachel, 32, was partnered with Russian pro Pasha in Strictly 2013, it coincided with her split from husband Jamie Gilbert after 16 months of marriage.

Both insist they didn’t become close away from the rehearsal room until after Rachel’s marriage broke up.

They didn’t confirm their romance until nine months after the end of the show and have been an item ever since.

Rachel is pregnant with their first child

Rachel and Pasha now live together in London, and are expecting their first child together.

They were recently revealed to have married in secret, spotted flashing their wedding rings after heading home from Las Vegas in July – Rachel took to social media to confirm the ceremony.

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley

Documentary star Stacey Dooley won Strictly with dance partner Kevin Clifton in 2018, shortly before her relationship fell apart.

The TV favourite was dating beau Sam Tucknott for five years, but they split following her stint on the dancing competition, as he claimed he found ‘I love you’ texts from Kevin on her phone.

Strictly 2018 saw Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton win

When news of Sam and Stacey’s split was announced in March, the break-up had been put down to conflicting schedules, though there were continuing growing rumours Stacey had fallen for her former Strictly mentor.

Stacey and Kevin didn’t confirm their ‘amazing’ romance until fairly recently, with Stacey admitting they were not planning to give too much away about their private lives.

Stacey and Kevin met on the show, confirmed their romance months later

Speaking to the Guardian in July, she did say: “Kev and I have agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy.

“That’s why we’ve turned down interviews that have offered us tens of thousands of pounds. What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing, I’m happy, life happens, I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky.”

Kevin was married to Karen Hauer for three years

Kevin was married to fellow professional dancer Karen Hauer for three years until they split in 2018.

The pair have remained good friends with Karen recently saying amid rumours of a romance with Stacey: “I’m happy, he’s happy, let’s all be happy!”

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

They didn’t confirm their romance until the show was over but the sizzling chemistry between blogger Joe and his his dance pro blazed from the screen as vividly as Dianne’s hair.

In an Instagram post that’s since been liked over one million times, Joe, 27, captioned a picture of them both staring into each other’s eyes: “I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special.”

Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg dancing together during Strictly Come Dancing 2018

Dianne had split with her boyfriend Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan just three weeks into the series.

Shortly after romance rumours began, and then once the series was over Joe and Dianne confirmed they were together.

The pair headed off on a romantic holiday to Greece

They’re still super loved up now, often taking to Instagram with super romantic photos.

Joe took Dianne on a romantic holiday to the Greek island of Mykonos recently too, while Diane is confirmed to be taking part in the next series.

Dianne previously dated Anthony Quinlan

Ashley Roberts and Giovanni Pernice

Strictly’s arrow can strike even between Strictly stars who aren’t partners, as Gemma and Gorka know well.

Ex Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts won a place in the final with Pasha Kovalev but it was former Steps dancer Faye Tozer’s partner Giovanni Pernice who won her heart.

Ashley and Giovanni confirmed their romance earlier this year

Both denied any romance, with Ashley saying back in November: “ Giovanni and I are just friends and I’m single.”

Speculation still swirled, with reports they were “full on snogging and touching in front of everyone” at the Strictly wrap party. Then they were spotted kissing in Miami at the end of December.

The pair were not partnered up on Strictly

Both have since confirmed their sweet romance, and are often featured on each other’s Instagrams.

Giovanni also dated his former Strictly dance partner Georgia Mae Foote when they met on the show back in 2015.

Giovanni previously dated Georgia May Foote

The pair split up the following year, and while Giovanni is very happy with Ashley almost a year on from their meeting, Georgia is thought to be dating rapper Kris Evans.

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez

They weren’t partnered together in Strictly 2017 but perhaps their matching six packs meant Gemma and Gorka were made for each other.

Ex Hollyoaks star Gemma, reached the final with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec, as did Gorka, and singer Alexandra Burke.

Gemma Atkinson and boyfriend Gorka Marquez met on the show in 2017

They were dogged with rumours of serious flirting throughout the show.

But both insist they did not get together until after the final when they got to know each other a lot better on the Strictly tour.

They quickly moved in together and on February 1 confirmed they were expecting their first baby.

They confirmed their baby news earlier in the year

And they chose to make the announcement through the medium of Gemma’s dogs, Norm and Ollie.

One of the pooches was kitted out with a sign that read, “Guess what…mum’s pregnant” while the other wore one which said: “We’re going to be big brothers!”

They’ve since welcomed a baby girl

Gemma and Gorka have since welcomed their baby daughter Mia Louise in July, with them often showing off their adorable little girl on Instagram.

One sweet post of Gorka and Mia saw him write: “So Mia, like we discussed, for the rest of my life, I’m gonna prioritise yours.”

Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace

In 2010, a few weeks after breaking up with former Strictly Come Dancing partner Matt Di Angelo, Flavia confirmed she was dating her latest Strictly partner Jimi Mistry.

Flavia was worried she’d be judged harshly for falling for two contestants.

Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace met back in 2010 and are still going strong

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Jimi and Flavia married in 2013

She said: “I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Oh God, please no!’ But we couldn’t help it. It was fate.”

The pair made things work, tying the knot back in 2013 – and they’ve been married ever since.

Flavia also dated Matt Di Angelo

Actor turned chef Jimi took to Instagram only recently to post a snap of them together, while Flavia’s own profile boasts a number of sweet photos of the two of them.

Flavia was previously with fellow Strictly pro Vincent Simone for 11 years, before they split in 2007 amid her romance with EastEnders star Matt.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

In 2013 sparks flew on the dance floor again as Kristina was partnered with rugby star Ben Cohen, 40.

Their dance floor romance led to the break-up of Ben’s 12-year marriage to Abby Blayney, who is mum to their twin girls.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff met in 2013

Abby and Ben had been together for 23 years. She said: “If it wasn’t for that woman, me and Ben would still be married.”

Kristina has lasted the course with Ben and announced her pregnancy in the Big Brother house in January 2016. They now have a daughter, Mila.

Ben and Kristina welcomed their daughter in 2016

The pair have also discussed wedding plans.

Kristina has previously said: “Couples get together and couples break up on these shows.

“It’s because you’re with each other for quite long periods of time, 24/7, and it’s quite intense so you get to know another person quite quickly. And of course, you’re building a friendship.”

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole

Newsreader Natasha and Brendan were paired together during Strictly’s 2004 series, and were the first to experience the famous ‘Strictly curse’.

While the dancing pro was engaged to Camilla Dallerup at the time, rumours of his relationship with Natasha soon begun to swirl.

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole were on the show in 2004

Despite reports suggesting they were an item, both have always denied they took things further than friendship.

“I fell in love with dancing, but I did not fall in love with Brendan,” Natasha insisted at the time.

However, Brendan later cryptically admitted they had “chemistry”.

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvinstev dated after meeting on the show

EastEnders actress Kara met Artem on the show back in 2010, when they were paired up, and they went on to win the series before dating.

But after growing apart due to work schedules, the pair split after over three years together.

Kara is now engaged to her partner Marius Jensen, and the pair welcomed their baby son Frey in November 2018.

Kara and her fiancé Marius Jensen welcomed a baby boy in 2018

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

While Seann and Katya didn’t get together, they did hit the headlines after they were pictured kissing on a night out during the series in 2018.

After being paired up together, Katya, married to fellow pro Neil Jones, and Seann, who had a girlfriend at the time, were caught snogging.

Katya and Seann were spotted kissing

Both stars spoke out at the time and apologised for their actions, while the scandal stuck around for most of the series.

Katya and Neil are still together now having confirmed they were “fine” following the “one-off” mistake.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September.



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