Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice denies romance with Ashley Roberts

They've been linked since appearing on the show

Giovanni Pernice has poured cold water on rumours he is dating Ashley Roberts after they were apparently spotted kissing at the Strictly Come Dancing wrap party.

However, he hasn’t ruled out romance with the former Pussycat Doll admitting he would “never say never” to a relationship with Ashley.

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Giovanni admitted he would “never say never” to a relationship with Ashley (Credit: Seb /

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The 28-year-old dancer has insisted he has “no time for a relationship with anyone”.

Giovanni, who was partnered on the show with Faye Tozer, confessed to New! Magazine: “I say the same thing. She is beautiful, absolutely, but there is no chance that we’re going to be in a relationship right now.

“Never say never, but I’m not thinking about being in a relationship with anybody. I fancy everybody. I’m not in a relationship with Ashley at the moment.”

He continued: “I’ve been linked to everybody. Debbie McGee, Faye – it’s not just Ashley. I’ve been linked to every single woman around me.”

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev dancing their Jive (Credit: BBC)
Ashley Roberts was partnered with Pasha Kovalev on Strictly (Credit: BBC)

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Both Giovanni and Ashley, 37, always insisted they were just friends, although the singer did admit they had hit the town together.

Last month, she admitted to Fabulous magazine: “We’ve gone out for drinks. He’s a lovely guy, but we’re not dating.

“I’m so focused on the show right now. And really that’s where I want my focus to be. Whatever happens after that, I don’t know. The right guy will come along at the right time – I believe in that.”

Giovanni dancing with his Strictly partner Faye Tozer (Credit: BBC)

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The Italian dancer, who previously dated TOWIE’s Jess Wright, and Ashley – who was partnered with Pasha Kovalev on the show – were reported to have finally thrown caution to the wind at the wrap party and shared a kiss.

A source told The Sun: “They couldn’t keep their hands off each other – full on snogging and touching in front of everyone.”

Giovanni was previously partnered with Debbie McGee on the dancing show (Credit: BBC Photographer: Guy Levy)

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Giovanni’s former dance partner Debbie McGee was also questioned on Loose Women about him hooking up with Ashley, but the 59-year-old insisted she wasn’t jealous.

She said: “He’s just a great mate. For me that’s probably why I’m not jealous. I wasn’t romantic with him. We’ve just got an amazing friendship.”

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