Strictly’s Faye Tozer has admitted the show has put a strain on her nine-year marriage – after those cosy lunch snaps with dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
The Steps singer, 43, has confessed to The Sun that she has found it ‘tricky’ being away from her second husband Michael Smith when training with the 28-year-old professional.
Last week the pair were caught enjoying a boozy one-on-one lunch between rehearsals, with the handsome dancer appearing to feed the pop sensation.
‘Tricky’: Strictly’s Faye Tozer has admitted the show has put a strain on her nine-year marriage – after those cosy lunch snaps with dance partner Giovanni Pernice
Cosy: Last week the pair were caught enjoying a boozy one-on-one lunch between rehearsals, with the handsome dancer appearing to feed the pop sensation
Yet Faye has insisted Giovanni was simply wiping some food from her cheek, adding: ‘I can feed myself thank you very much. But I had a bit of salad on my face so he took it off and that was it.’
Speaking about her home life, the star admitted that it’s ‘tough being away from home’ but that communication is key.
She went on: ‘It’s always tricky being away from home. You just have to keep your head above water.
Tough times? The Steps singer, 43, has confessed that she has found it ‘tricky’ being away from her second husband Michael Smith when training with the 28-year-old professional
‘We’ve just got to keep really tight as a family unit and make sure we communicate — I think that’s the only way. But it is tough being away from home because we miss each other.’
Faye, who has a nine-year-old son with Michael, said she is steering clear of the Strictly ‘curse’ after professional dancer Katya Jones, who is married to fellow dancer Neil, was caught sharing a smooch with celebrity partner Seann Walsh.
Dancer Dianne Buswell is said to be dating her YouTube partner Joe Sugg after splitting from Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan.
Nothing happening: Yet Faye has insisted Giovanni was simply wiping some food from her cheek
And Faye added that if it was going to happen, it would happen anywhere, while she explained how that lunch was a birthday celebration and a break from rehearsals – which her husband knew about.
And the dancing duo were quick to laugh off romance rumours last week, in a tongue-in-cheek video shared on Instagram.
In a cheeky nod to the image that saw him brushing food from her face, Giovanni posted a clip of him carefully picking a piece of lettuce from the corner of the Steps singer’s mouth.
Cheeky: Giovanni picked a piece of lettuce from Faye’s mouth in a tongue-in-cheek video poking fun at THAT boozy lunch
The Tragedy hitmaker’s husband Mick was also keen to quash any rumours there was anything more than friendship between them, as he posted a selfie with rice grains stuck to the corner of his mouth to poke fun at the images taken of the pair.
He wrote: ‘Where’s @pernicegiovann1 when you need him? Help me out @fayetozersmith’.
Faye has credited her husband for being ‘so supportive’ of her Strictly Come Dancing stint, revealing her husband has come down to the studios to support her ‘every week’ in an interview with OK! magazine.
You’ve got a little something… The clip kicked off with Giovanni leaning across the table to Faye and plucking the salad leaf from her face at a busy restaurant
Jokey: It comes after Faye’s husband Mick playfully addressed the cosy snaps of Faye and Giovanni