BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Ellie Leach says Vito Coppola is "part of her family" as romance rumours heat up. The Coronation Street star, 22, and Italian pro dancer, 31, have had tongues wagging ever since their first dance on the show, with many fans commenting on their undeniable chemistry.
Earlier this month, former contestant Amanda Abbington appeared to confirm the pair were dating when she referred to them as "the most beautiful couple" on Instagram.
Ellie and Vito have yet to confirm or deny they are in a relationship, but now the actress has revealed the dancer has been to her house 'several times for tea' and loves her mum's cooking. Opening up about their close bond, Vito said: "I love Ellie's family."
Ellie continued to Closer magazine: "You've been round quite a few times for tea after training. We spend so much time rehearsing together, so it's nice that they can get to know him more. He's part of the family."
Vito and Ellie have been showing their fondness for each other both on and off-screen. Last week, Vito gave Ellie two big kisses on her cheek and called her "my baby" on Instagram. When asked what they like about each other, Vito said: "As a student, Ellie never says no and I love her sense of humour." Ellie loves that Vito brings "fun into the training room", and shared that they spend most of their practice time "laughing".
Ellie and Vito are getting ready for Blackpool Week on Saturday with a good number of points already. They're one of the favourite pairs to win the Glitterball trophy. But when asked about winning, Ellie said she doesn't want to think too far ahead as it would 'spoil the moment'.
Being in Strictly is tough, with stars only having four days to learn their dance before performing live. But for Ellie, the hardest working muscles are in her cheeks – because she's always smiling.
"Every day we have so much fun and I go home and I'm like, 'Oh my cheeks!'" Ellie told OK! magazine. "We're just having such a good time. It's a roller coaster, but everything is just amazing. Everything is 100% heightened."
Before Ellie joined Strictly, her five-year relationship with boyfriend Reagan Pettman hit the rocks over cheating allegations, with the pair reportedly calling it quits in May.
A source told The Mirror: "She learned that Reagan had gone behind her back, and they split up. It was very sad, but for her the trust was gone and there was no way back for them as a couple."
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