Strictly Come Dancing contenstant HRVY has branded co-star Maisie Smith ‘very beautiful’ once again as romance rumours continue to swirl about the show rivals.
The presenter and YouTuber, 21, teased at the possibility of romance when the BBC dance competition ends as addressed claims of a relationship with the EastEnders actress, 19.
Speaking to Roman Kemp and Sian Welby on Capital Breakfast on Wednesday, HRVY revealed he is ‘still single’ but is planning to ‘focus on the dancing’ amid Covid-19 restrictions.
Romance? Strictly’s HRVY teased at the possibility of romance with Maisie Smith when Strictly Come Dancing ends as he admits he finds the Eastenders actress, 19, ‘very beautiful’
He continued: ‘You know what? I am still single, I was hoping after movie week, I’d get to be James Bond, Batman or Spiderman, and they put me in a gnome outfit as Gnomeo and Juliet. I thought I’d get some DMs but sadly I haven’t.’
When grilled about the romance rumours between himself and Maisie, he admitted that the soap opera star is ‘very beautiful’ and a ‘lovely girl’.
He went on to explain that now is not the right time for romance, as he can’t ‘see or touch anyone’ amid the strict coronavirus regulations while on the show.
Strictly has seen a number of changes due to Covid-19, including regular testing for the cast and crew, social distancing enforced and the series run shortened to just nine weeks.
Rumours: Speaking to Roman Kemp and Sian Welby on Capital Breakfast on Wednesday, HRVY said that he is ‘still single’ but plans to ‘focus on the dancing’ amid Covid-19 restrictions
Revelation: The singer, 21, then teased at a possible romance with his ‘good friend’ following the show’s final on December 19, as he told radio host Roman, 27, (above) ‘you never know’
Addressing romance rumours, HRVY revealed: ‘Do you know what? She’s great, she’s a very good dancer, she’s very beautiful, she’s a lovely girl.
‘But right now, it’s not like I can see or touch anyone anyway, not that I’m touching anyone, but because of all the COVID restrictions what can you do? Right now I’m going to focus on the dancing but Maisie is a great girl.’
However, the Strictly star then teased at a possible romance with his ‘good friend’ following the show’s final on December 19, as he told radio host Roman, 27, ‘you never know’.
He said: ‘Hmm, yeah I mean who knows! But right now, we’re good friends.’
Capital FM’s co-host Sian then excitedly said to HRVY: ‘So you’re saying there’s a chance!’
Beautiful: HRVY’s revelation comes after Maisie described HRVY, with whom she has been repeatedly linked, as a ‘beautiful-looking guy’
To which the he cryptically replied: ‘You never know, you never know…’
It is not the first time that HRVY has addressed the romance rumours between himself and Maisie, having previously denied the speculation earlier this week.
In an interview with Lorraine Kelly on Tuesday, the singer said that while he does find the EastEnders actress attractive, there is no romance on the cards.
He said: ‘She’s lovely, very talent and she’s beautiful, but for now I’m concentrating on the dancing…’
Denial: It is not the first time that HRVY has addressed the romance rumours between himself and Maisie, having previously denied the rumours on Tuesday when appearing on Lorraine
Denying romance rumours, he told Lorraine: ‘Do you know what, I’d tell you if anything was going on, Lorraine. Trust me I would! No, we are just friends.
‘Obviously because of the whole Covid and pandemic rules, we can’t really be within any distance of each other anyway, we’ve got to be two metres, so we’re just friends, we’re just dancing.’
Maisie and HRVY left the show’s Hertfordshire venue within a minute of each other on Sunday morning as they continued to spark rumours of a potential romance.
The pair were the last to leave Elstree Studios following the show’s movie week, with HRVY departing at 4:36am before being closely followed by Maisie in a separate car at 4:37am.
Speculation: Maisie and HRVY left the show’s Hertfordshire venue within a minute of each other on Sunday morning as they continued to spark rumours of a potential romance
After performing to Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with professional dance partner Janette Manrara, HRVY greeted onlookers with a cheerful thumb’s up as he pulled out of the studio alone.
With Strictly recorded live from 7:25pm on Saturday evening it was a surprisingly late hour to be leaving the studio, with professional dancer Oti Mabuse also seen departing in the early hours at 4:15am.
Their latest appearance comes after Maisie described HRVY, with whom she has been repeatedly linked, as a ‘beautiful-looking guy’.
This year’s series has seen Maisie dancing with professional partner Gorka Marquez, who both dazzled viewers with a stunning performance to a famous track from Frozen 2 during movie week.
HRVY, who has been topping the leaderboard on the BBC dance show, told Lorraine he has been having a blast on the show.
‘It’s been the best experience ever, didn’t realised how much I loved dancing. Dancing with Janette is a dream. We have so much fun.’
Janette added: ‘He works really hard! HRVY puts in all the hours he possibly can, he’s such an incredible student.
‘He’s never really danced before, he only danced three years ago for his music video.’
Hard work ahead: Janette and HRVY said they have lots of competition this year because there are no ‘joke acts’ (pictured linking arms as they arrived for Strictly rehearsals on Tuesday)
The pair will be dancing the salsa next and said they have lots of competition this year because there are no ‘joke acts’.
Janette said: ‘This is one of those years where it’s the tightest competitions yet, it’s all down to audience preference.
‘That’s why it’s more important than ever, if you do have a favourite, you have to go out and vote, because it’s going to be so tight.’
HRVY added: ‘I’m so grateful to have a new audience, I hope they love me!’