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Thursday 17th January 2019

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice addresses Ashley Roberts romance rumours

He insisted he's single

Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice insisted he is single after being asked about a possible romance with Ashley Roberts.

Giovanni and the Pussycat Dolls star, who is partnered with Pasha Kovalev on Strictly, have been romantically linked in a number of reports.

However, during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday alongside his Strictly partner Faye Tozer, Giovanni insisted he's single.

Giovanni appeared on the show with his Strictly partner Faye (Credit: ITV)

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Asked by This Morning host Phillip Schofield how Ashley was doing, the dancer said: "I think she’s great, she’s doing a contemporary dance this week and it’s going really well. Why are you asking me that?"

Phil mentioned "little rumours", and Giovanni said: "According to the press, I change girlfriend every single day."

Phil cheekily asked the dancer if he had "settled on Ashley", to which Giovanni replied: "We are really good friends, she’s a lovely person, but I’m single.

"I’m in Newcastle every single day so there’s no chance for me."

Giovanni said he's just "really good friends" with Ashley (Credit:

Interrupting, Phil joked: "So it’s only the girls in Newcastle that stand a chance?"

Giovanni, 28, replied: "I’m single. I’m sorry to disappoint you."

I’m single. I’m sorry to disappoint you.

Speaking of his hopes of getting to Strictly’s coveted Blackpool Week with his partner, Steps star Faye, Giovanni then quipped that maybe he could "find some girl in Blackpool as well".

It comes after a source told The Sun last month that "things are going well" between Ashley, 37, and Giovanni.

They said: "The spark between Ashley and Giovanni has become quite widely noticed among the crew – they just seem to really hit it off.

A source claimed Giovanni and Ashley "hit it off" at Strictly (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

"He is training up north at the moment while she is based down here so they only get to see each other towards the end of the week. But  they’ve been making the most of it."

They added: "After the show each week they’ve been heading out for drinks together in London and just hanging out and looking very cosy."

Meanwhile, during This Morning, Faye said that she "definitely has an advantage in the way I can pick up moves", referring to her experience in the pop group.

Giovanni and Faye spoke about their Strictly journey so far (Credit: ITV)

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She said: "It’s a different dance each week, and we’re all in the studio working as hard as each other, our pros do an amazing job, they don’t have days off, they’re choreographing on the Sunday.

"We’re all working really, really hard."

Faye also said that their recent tango routine left her feeling like "Spaghetti Junction in my head, it was quite scary", because of the different holds and footwork required.

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