Bugzy Malone, 33, is dating former Strictly star Tillie Amartey, 21, famed for her role in Waterloo Road

Rapper Bugzy Malone is dating former Strictly star Tillie Amartey, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The actor, 33, and Tillie, 21, who’s famed for her role in BBC school drama Waterloo Road, made their first public appearance together at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Tillie starred on Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special last year, performing a festive rendition of the jive with professional Neil Jones.

Their romance comes after Bugzy, real name Aaron Davies, shut down reports he was romancing Love Island’s Gemma Owen, 21, writing on Instagram in 2023, ‘Michael Owen, your daughter looks lovely, but 19 just isn’t my cup of tea or coffee.’

Tillie, who’s 12 years Bugzy’s junior, confirmed their relationship at Ascot, saying, ‘I feel really privileged to be here with an extremely gentlemanly man.’

Rapper Bugzy Malone is dating former Strictly star Tillie Amartey, MailOnline can exclusively reveal 

The actor, 33, and Tillie, 21, who's famed for her role in BBC school drama Waterloo Road, made their first public appearance together at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

The actor, 33, and Tillie, 21, who’s famed for her role in BBC school drama Waterloo Road, made their first public appearance together at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

Their romance comes after Bugzy shut down reports he was romancing Love Island's Gemma Owen, writing on Instagram in 2023, '19 just isn't my cup of tea or coffee'

Their romance comes after Bugzy shut down reports he was romancing Love Island’s Gemma Owen, writing on Instagram in 2023, ’19 just isn’t my cup of tea or coffee’ 

Tillie previously dated EastEnders and Strictly star Bobby Brazier, 21, and the pair were reportedly still in touch last October, when he was competing on the show

Tillie previously dated EastEnders and Strictly star Bobby Brazier, 21, and the pair were reportedly still in touch last October, when he was competing on the show

A source told MailOnline: ‘Bugzy and Tillie have a lot in common, they’re both actors and are currently pursuing film and TV roles and share a love of music.

‘Tillie is busy shooting Waterloo Road, which is her main focus right now, alongside keeping fit because training is another aspect of her life she really enjoys.

‘There may be a 12-year age gap between herself and Bugzy but neither of them is bothered by it, nothing can get in the way of the chemistry they share together.’

Tillie previously dated EastEnders and Strictly star Bobby Brazier, 21, and the pair were reportedly still in touch last October, when he was competing on the show.

Leeds born Tillie, whose auntie is Spice Girl Mel B, appeared in the film adaptation of David Walliams’ book Ratburger alongside Sheridan Smith, and also in TV series Doctors.

Bugzy endured a tough upbringing in Manchester, embarking in criminal activities from a young age and witnessing the murder of his uncle when he was a child.

After going to prison age sixteen, the actor transformed his life, using boxing as a positive outlet alongside his music.

In 2020, he proposed to his girlfriend of nine years in Paris, but the couple split before marrying. 

Tillie starred on Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special last year, performing a festive rendition of the jive with professional Neil Jones

Tillie starred on Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas special last year, performing a festive rendition of the jive with professional Neil Jones 

Leeds born Tillie, whose auntie is Spice Girl Mel B, appeared in the film adaptation of David Walliams' book Ratburger alongside Sheridan Smith, and also in TV series Doctors

Leeds born Tillie, whose auntie is Spice Girl Mel B, appeared in the film adaptation of David Walliams’ book Ratburger alongside Sheridan Smith, and also in TV series Doctors

Bugzy endured a tough upbringing in Manchester, embarking in criminal activities from a young age and witnessing the murder of his uncle when he was a child

Bugzy endured a tough upbringing in Manchester, embarking in criminal activities from a young age and witnessing the murder of his uncle when he was a child

Following a small role in Guy Ritchie film The Gentlemen, Bugzy is hoping to pursue further movie projects. 

He also appeared in 2023’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre alongside the likes of A-list stars Jason Statham and Hugh Grant, further cementing his rise on the big screen. 

MailOnline has contacted Tillie’s spokesperson for comment. 

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