This year, The Saturdays star Mollie King and partner AJ Pritchard have sparked romance rumours, and now Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have denied they are dating following speculation. " Technically, if the couple did get together it wouldn't be a Strictly Curse, but it would be the first time a celebrity has started dating someone who isn't their own partner.
Other celebrities include Georgia May Foote who left her co-star and boyfriend Sean Ward for dance partner Giovanni Pernice in 2015.
The question remains, how do you know when it’s time to take things up a notch and, more importantly, how can you tell if your feelings are reciprocated?
“Think about how much time you spend together on your own,” suggests dating expert James Preece.
They might not say much but you'll be able to read a lot into their body language and their willingness to discuss the topic.” Jones believes that in order for a friendship to turn into something more, there has to be a looming, momentous change in one of your lives i.e. “That's when friends often end up in bed together,” he told -style confession, according to Hussey.
Unless it’s a short-term, contractual agreement (“thou shalt not acquire romantic feelings”), it’s a turn-of-phrase that’s best left to rom coms, advised the dating experts.
They’re the ones you laugh with, the ones you cry with and they often know you better than your own family.
So it makes sense that some of us are inclined to fraternise with friendship when both parties are of the same sexual orientation.
Rachel Riley split from her husband Jamie Gilbert just after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing 2013 and started dating dance partner Pasha Kovalev shortly after.
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff were partnered together in the eleventh series of Strictly, Ben left his wife of 11 years Abby Blayney after the show and now has a daughter with Kristina. We spoke to the UK's top Celebrity Dating Expert and Dating Coach – James Preece – to find out more.