Dancing On Ice favourite Sam Attwater today denied he and skating partner Brianne Delcourt faked a romance on the show, calling the whole situation a "big misunderstanding". Sam came under fire when pictures appeared of the former soap actor snogging Alex Schauman, wife of fellow professional skater Lukasz.
Talking about taking part in an interview with heat magazine, in which the pair were photographed in bed and said the skating had made sex easier, Sam said: "When we did the interview, Brianne and I were together, but we're not now. Everything we said was true.
"We though the skating might get ignored among all the press about our romance, so we decided to slow down."
Quizzed about claims of a fake romance between the pair, Sam responded: "No! I want to clear this up. There are people who think we're fakes and think I'm a marriage wrecker [for allegedly kissing Alex Schauman]. You deserve an explanation.
"I never kissed Alex! It was a joke. We'd had a couple of drinks, and I like to play this trick on people where I act as if I'm going in for an intense kiss with them and pull away at the last second, saying, 'That was amazing!'."
He added: "I don't feel I owe anyone an apology. It was never a 'faux-mance'. It's all just a big misunderstanding."