Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice have been bowling over viewers during their run on Strictly Come Dancing.

The dancing duo have been stunning the judges with their moves, regularly scoring 10s for their impressive routines. But while their dancing prowess is getting people talking, it’s not the only thing that’s been making headlines!

Constant rumours have flown that the pair are secretly, romantically involved. 57-year-old Debbie has regularly dismissed the rumours of romance between her and her 27-year-old pro. But that doesn’t mean that everyone’s now happy…

It turns out, the suave professional dancer is actually secretly dating someone who works on the show. Reportedly, Giovanni has been seeing fellow dancer Luba Mushtuk.

Like Giovanni, she is also a pro dancer on Strictly, but usually helps out with choreography behind the scenes. She’s also recently been announced as the lady on Giovanni’s upcoming 2018 tour. And she even performed alongside Giovanni, dancing to Sheridan Smith’s live rendition of ‘My Man’.

But according to The Sun, she’s definitely not keen on her beau and Debbie’s clear friendship – not least because she’d like to be on the show herself one day.

According to a source, “Luba and Giovanni are together, but she doesn’t like Debbie because of their bond – she feels how much Gio cares for her.

“It’s also upsetting as she would like their romance to be out in the open. Luba is very keen to be on the show one day.

“She assists with choreography. But that means she has to spend a lot of time watching Giovanni rehearse with Debbie, which can be uncomfortable for her.”


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However, Debbie has previously slammed the romance rumours – despite the pair’s intimate dances on the show.

She’s insisted that the pair are just good friends, and reminded people of the age gap between the two.

“The truth is we really like each other but it isn’t a love affair.

“We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It’s just one of those very special friendships. He’s 30 years younger than me!”

Fair enough! To be honest, we just can’t wait to see how Debbie and Giovanni will fare in this week’s Strictly Blackpool episode…