Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, 37, and professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, 28, are dating after ‘really hitting it off’ on the BBC show.
The Strictly Come Dancing stars – who are not partnered together – are said to have ‘been on a string of secret dates’ and are now in the early stages of a new romance after sharing a kiss.
The ‘spark’ between the pair has not gone unnoticed between their co-stars and the Strictly crew, but the relationship is likely to raise eyebrows with Giovanni’s ex, former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote, 27, who is a friend of Ashley’s.
New romance? Pussycat Doll singer Ashley Roberts, 37, and professional dancer Giovanni Pernice are reportedly dating
Ashley even supported Georgia through the couple’s split in 2016 by taking her on a series of girls’ nights out.
A source told The Sun: ‘The spark between Ashley and Giovanni has become quite widely noticed among the crew – they just seem to really hit it off.
‘After the show each week they’ve been heading out for drinks together in London and just hanging out and looking very cosy.
‘It’s very early days but it looks like things are going well – and of course they’re both single so it’s all totally innocent fun.’
Way back when: According to The Sun , Ashley and Giovanni have shared a kiss and are now in the early stages of a new romance which will no doubt stun his ex-girlfriend Georgia May Foote, who Ashley supported through their 2016 split
New romance? According to The Sun , Ashley and Giovanni have shared a kiss and are now in the early stages of a new romance
Former fling: Ashley had a short dalliance with I’m A Celebrity presenter Declan Donnelly in 2013 after she appeared on the show (Pictured together in 2004 at the Manchester Arena)
She also enjoyed a brief romance with Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas’ son, professional dancer Mark Ballas (Pictured: Mark and Shirley Ballas in Hollywood in 2017)
According to the insider, as Giovanni is currently training up north with his partner, Steps star Faye Tozer, and Ashley is rehearsing in London with her pro mentor Pasha Kovalev.
The new couple are said to be making the most of the tail-ends of each week in order to spend time together.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ashley Roberts and Giovanni Pernice for comment.
Back in 2016, when Georgia split from Giovanni, Ashley threw her support behind the star as she was joined by Caroline Flack and Laura Whitmore for a girls’ night.
Posting a snap of the group on her Instagram page at the time, Ashley wrote: ‘Cause this is ladies night @carolineflack @thewhitmore @georgiamay112.’
Former love: Meanwhile, Giovanni had a year-long relationship with Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote, after they were partnered together on Strictly in 2015
Eyes on the prize: Popstar Ashley Roberts is one of the favourites to win this season of the BBC dancing competition, with the help of her dance partner Pasha Kovalev
Georgia appeared 2015 season of Strictly Come Dancing, while Caroline won the 2014 series and Laura featured in the 2016 line-up.
Giovanni and Georgia dated for a year after meeting when they were partnered on the show and their friendship turned to romance towards the end of their stint.
When the former soap actress first joined the series, she was still dating her ex-Coronation Street co-star Sean Ward.
Meanwhile, Ashley had a short romantic dalliance with I’m A Celebrity presenter Declan Donnelly in 2013 after she appeared on the jungle-based reality show.
The blonde also enjoyed a brief relatiobship with Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas’ son, professional dancer Mark Ballas.
Ashley is one of the favourites to win this season of the BBC dancing competition, with the help of her dance partner Pasha Kovalev.
Giovanni is also seen as a top contender for the Glitterball trophy, dazzling on the dance-floor with former Steps singer Faye Tozer.
In it to win it: Giovanni is also seen as a top contender for the Glitterball trophy, dazzling on the dance-floor with former Steps singer Faye Tozer