It’s been an awkward couple of weeks on Strictly Come Dancing for Faye Tozer and her dance partner, Giovanni Pernice after pictures emerged of them looking quite cosy.
And the married Steps singer has now admitted things have been “tricky” with her husband of nine years, IT Consultant Michael Smith.
Speaking in a new interview with The Sun, Faye said: “It’s always tricky being away from home. You just have to keep your head above water. We’ve just got to keep really tight as a family unit and make sure we communicate — I think that’s the only way.
“But it is tough being away from home because we miss each other.”
Speaking about those pictures of her dance partner touching her face during lunch, the 43-year-old added: “It was my birthday — it was the first time Giovanni actually took me out for lunch, bless him.”
Then pictures emerged of Faye and Giovanni, 28, enjoying lunch recently.
The pair joked about the rumours, laughing them off with a hilarious spoof video.
The Italian pro dancer shared a video on Instagram, showing him and Faye enjoying a mock-romantic moment over dinner.
In the clip, he reaches across a table to remove some salad from her face, before turning to the camera to say what sounds like: “Now we’re having an affair!”
The dancer – who has reportedly been on a few dates with Strictly favourite, former Pussycat Dolls Ashley Roberts – captioned it simply: “No comment …. @fayetozersmith !!! 🤣🤣🤣.”
Faye paid tribute to her husband just this week, whose birthday is just a few days after hers.
Alongside a sweet picture, she wrote: “A very Happy Birthday to my gorgeous hubby @mick_smith_ who has been the most incredible support and held the fort for the last 3 months!!! Thank you!! You rock baby!! Love you most!! xxx.”
Her fans rushed to compliment the happy couple.
One wrote: “Mrs Tozer Smith is just gorgeous! You’re not bad either though.”
Another commented: “Happy Birthday Mick, from Faye’s biggest fan xx.”
A third added: “Awwww so sweet! Happy birthday.”
It came after his lovely birthday post, where he wrote: “Happy Birthday to this stunning creature.”
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