Strictly Come Dancing's Ashley Roberts 'confirms' Giovanni Pernice romance

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Strictly Come Dancing's Ashley Roberts has seemingly confirmed a romance with Giovanni Pernice.

Ashley, who danced with Pasha Kovalev, was linked to Giovanni, who was partnered with Steps singer Faye Tozer, during the series.

But now filming has wrapped up, the pair have apparently gone public with their relationship.

Pictures of the couple obtained by the Daily Mail see them sharing a kiss on a night out together in Miami.

Sources previously said Giovanni had "fallen" for Ashley and they were set to spend Christmas together in America.

"This is a sign of just how heavily Giovanni has fallen for Ashley during the three to four months they were working in close ­quarters together," the insider said.

They told The Sun newspaper: "But because of the show's punishing rehearsal and performance schedule they couldn't spend as much time together as they might have liked.

"So now that the show is over, they're virtually inseparable. That includes not wanting to be apart at Christmas, even if that means Giovanni has to make a ­sacrifice."

When Strictly was on air it was claimed that the couple - who are both single - were in the "early stages of a new romance" after enjoying nights out together.

In November, Ashley spoke out about the rumours, telling ITV's This Morning: "Giovanni and I are friends, and I am really really focused on the show. I am very passionate about being here and it’s about the dance for me, so… no, we are just friends. I’m single."

Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley was one of the favourites to win this year's contest while Giovanni joined Strictly as a pro in 2015. He previously dated his first celebrity partner Georgia May Foote before the couple broke up in 2016.

The news follows the much more controversial kiss between comedian Seann Walsh and his pro partner Katya Jones. Seann had a girlfriend at the time while Katya is married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones. The pair said sorry for their actions when pictures of their snog made front page news.

Meanwhile, in another apparent Strictly romance, Joe Sugg recently appeared to suggest he and pro partner Dianne Buswell had also become a couple.

All the rumours come despite Strictly bosses warning pros about getting into relationships with the celebs.

In an interview with BBC Five Live's Test Match Special Podcast in October, current Strictly star Graeme Swann said: "I think the pros were told wind your neck in.

"They were all very angry because they couldn't go to a couple of functions they wanted to. They were locked out. A curfew was placed upon them. It's very much being in the team. One person lets the side down."

Strictly Come Dancing will be back in 2019 for a new series.

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