EXCLUSIVE: Strictly’s Lauren Steadman SPEAKS OUT on Joe and Dianne’s new romance

They 'confirmed' they are dating on Instagram


by Alex Ross |
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After losing out in Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing final to Stacey Dooley and her professional partner Kevin Clifton, YouTuber Jog Sugg and Dianne Buswell seemed to CONFIRM reports that they are dating!

So when Joe's fellow Strictly 2018 co-star Lauren Steadman joined heat Radio's Emily Segal, we just had to find out some juicy details about the new romance. When Emily asked Lauren about Joe and Dianne's relationship, the paralympian said, “Do you know what? They’ve been an amazing duo throughout the whole journey and I really hope they are together because he’s great, she’s great and he did his hair red for the final.”

It comes after Joe seemingly confirmed his romance last night. Taking to Instagram to share a photo of the two together, Joe wrote, 'I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special.' [sic]

After Saturday night's final, Dianne, who split from Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan earlier this year, also took to Instagram to write, 'Where do I begin !!!!!!! I will start with massive congrats to the 2018 Strictly champs @sjdooley @keviclifton well deserved you two 💓'. [sic]

Meanwhile, Joe and Dianne weren't the only rumoured couple from this year's series. As well as all of the drama betweenSeann Walsh and Katya Jones after THAT kiss, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts was also linked to her partner, Giovanni Pernice.

Speaking to Emily about the reported 'snog' between Ashley and Giovanni, Lauren said, "I left because I hurt my knee so I don’t know, but I do know that I got a text from AJ at about 3am so I know that he rolled in real late. He was like ‘but I will be there for you tomorrow in Birmingham’ [for Sports Personality of the Year Awards]. I’ve heard it was amazing.”


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Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole

On the first ever series of Strictly back in 2001, news reader Natasha Kaplinsky and professional dancer Brendan Cole were paired together.Despite both being in other relationships at the time, both Natasha and Brendan called off their romances and started dating after the series finished. Their relationship didn't last long though, and they are now both happily married to other people.

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Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna

It was love at first sight for former Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian and her Strictly partner Brian Fortuna in 2009. With the pair both single at the time, Ali and Brian started a relationship, only for it to end the following year.

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Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff

When boxer Joe Calzaghe appeared on the show in 2009, he announced to the press that his relationship with his partner Jo-Emma Larvin had come to an end, just one week into his Strictly journey. Joe's professional dance partner Kristina Rihanoff was more than a shoulder to cry on, with the pair starting a romance. They went on to date for four years after show, before announcing their split.

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Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

After her relationship with Joe Calzaghe fell apart, Kristina later met another Strictly contestant, England rugby ace Ben Cohen. Both Ben and Kristina have denied rumours that Ben was still with his ex-wife Abby Blayney at the time they started dating, with the pair claiming they didn't get together until a year later. Things are going well however, the pair now share a daughter together called Milena and are in a happy relationship.

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Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev

After her split from Joe Swash, actress Kara Tointon appeared on the 2010 series of Strictly and mended her broken heart with a little help from professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.Despite this, things didn't work out for the couple and Kara is now loved-up with her boyfriend Marius Jensen, with rumours suggesting she could be pregnant with the couple's first child.

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Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

When Countdown presenter Rachel Riley appeared on Strictly in 2013 she was married to her ex-husband Jamie Gilbert. However, after just 16 months of marriage, the pair announced they were set for divorce in November 2016. Fast-forward to 2016 and Rachel revealed she was in a relationship with her 2013 Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev... And they are still together!

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Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice

Georgia May Foote was dating her Coronation Street co-star Sean Ward when she joined the show in 2015. But when rumours circulated that the couple's relationship wasn't going well, they split in December 2015. Georgia was then spotted getting very cosy with her Strictly partner Giovanni, with the pair enjoying a holiday to Disneyland Paris for New Year.Despite this, the couple ended their relationship in August 2016.

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Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg

After weeks of rumours, Joe Sugg appeared to confirm his relationship with Strictly Come Dancing partner Dianne Buswell with a photo on Instagram, the caption read, 'I may not have won the glitter ball, but I've won something a million times more special.'

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Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez

Radio presenter Gemma Atkinson and professional dancer Gorka Marquez were first linked in the 2017 series, and got together whilst on the 2018 annual tour together. They moved in together in December 2018.

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Giovanni Pernice and Ashley Roberts

Professional dancer Giovanni Pernice and Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts were forced to deny they were dating during the 2018 series, but Giovanni confirmed the relationship in January 2019.In January 2020, the duo confirmed they'd split.

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Caroline Flack and AJ Pritchard

Official news on whether these two are dating is yet to be confirmed, but 2014 Strictly winner Caroline Flack was spotted kissing professional dancer AJ Pritchard at the 2019 NTAs.

Lauren, who narrowly missed out on a place in this year's Strictly Come Dancing final with her partner AJ Pritchard, later revealed she thinks Stacey was a well-deserved winner. She said, “I’ve seen everybody work so hard throughout the journey and Stacey, bless her, gave it her all on Saturday night and I think everyone saw that. Really chuffed for her.”

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