STRICLTY'S Ellie Leach has broken her silence on romance rumours with Vito Coppola.
Speculation about the state of their relationship has been rife for weeks, and some fans are certain they are more than just dance partners.
The dance duo have fueled romance rumours in recent weeks and even shared an intimate moment on The One Show on Wednesday.
Fans had also spotted that Vito often hugs and kisses Elle after each of their performances, fueling speculation that they might be more than just friends.
However, Ellie has broken her silence and insists the signs of affection are only in a friendly way.
She told OK! Magazine: "It was only a kiss on the cheek. He gives me a kiss on the cheek every Saturday!"
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Protesting, she added: "It was definitely on the cheek."
While romance isn't on the cards for the dance duo, Ellie insists that their friendship will last forever.
"We really, really get along and we have a lovely friendship," she says. "I hope we can continue that.
"We’ve got a really good relationship where we kind of know what the other needs. Vito even lets me have power naps during training."
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Rumours of their relationship were fuelled in week five after their red hot Pasodoble to Faithless's club classic Insomnia.
Upon finishing the routine, Vito placed a hand on his partner's cheek and pulled her in for a kiss, not once but twice.
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