Inside the Strictly curse – all the couples from Giovanni Pernice to Rachel Riley who found or lost love

Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard about the notorious Strictly curse which seems to hit a few of the show's stars every year.

The phenomenon has previously seen celebrities and their dance partners on Strictly Come Dancing become romantically involved to the detriment of their off-screen relationships.

It seems that things often get just as steamy off the dance floor as they do during a tango.

Former Strictly star Jamie Laing, 32, best known from Made in Chelsea, recently confirmed that the curse "does exist" in an exclusive interview with OK!

Asked how people can fall in love through dance, Jamie said: "The foundations of a good relationship are trust and loyalty and the foundations of a good dance partnership is trust and loyalty, so it’s like you’re fast-forwarding a relationship.

"Also, when you’re dancing with someone and you fancy them, you have to grab them round the waist and their bottoms, so you’re getting close and, again, that fast-forwards that stage."

He explained: "The Strictly curse does exist. We’ve seen people hook up and there are marriages and relationships. Yes, some people have been hurt along the way, but there’s also been some amazing couples – look at Joe Sugg and Dianne [Buswell]."

But who has fallen victim to the dreaded Strictly curse and who has found love on the show? We take a look…

Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg

The YouTube star and red-haired professional dancer were paired on the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing and have been together ever since.

After months of speculation, the vlogger took to Instagram to share a post in December 2018 which confirmed that he was dating the gorgeous redhead.

Alongside a picture of the duo staring into each other’s eyes, Joe wrote: "I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special."

Dianne split with on-off boyfriend Anthony Quinlan in 2018, with the couple citing the pressure of their long-distance relationship as the cause.

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

Following a night out in London, Katya and her celebrity dance partner Seann were pictured passionately kissing in the street during the 2018 series of the show.

Seann was immediately dumped by furious girlfriend Rebecca Humphries, and then last year Katya’s marriage to fellow dancer Neil broke down.

Katya was married to fellow professional dancer Neil Jones, while Seann was in a relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries.


At the time they both posted apologies to their Twitter accounts.

Seann wrote: “In light of the story in today's newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions.

"This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for.”

Meanwhile, Katya posted: “I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions. I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks.

"I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship."

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley split from her millionaire husband of 15 months Jamie Gilbert just after her stint on Strictly in 2013.

At the time, the Countdown beauty insisted her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev wasn't involved.

Rachel and Pasha later confirmed their relationship in 2014, and are still together now. The couple tied the knot in 2019 and welcomed their first child, daughter Maven, later that year.

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice

Georgia was dating her former Corrie co-star Sean Ward when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing 2015.

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However, just after coming runner-up in the final with Giovanni, she reportedly dumped her boyfriend.

Giovanni and Georgia were then spotted "openly kissing" on a romantic trip to Disneyland Paris, and holding hands in pictures obtained by The Sun.

They later split after eight months together.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff were partnered together in the eleventh series of Strictly.

The former rugby player had been married to Abby Blayney for 11 years at the time.

However, they announced their separation just after he finished competing in the dance competition.

Ben and Kristina denied any romantic connection, but confirmed they were a couple in July.

Despite insisting they didn't get together until after he and his wife split up, Kristina received criticism from Ben's ex-wife and mother-in-law.

The pair welcomed their first child, Milena, in 2016 after Kristina announced her pregnancy while in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Matt DiAngelo and Flavia Cacace

Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace got together in 2007, just after their time on Strictly Come Dancing ended.

The professional dancer split from her fellow professional dance partner and boyfriend Vincent Simone before dating the EastEnders actor.

Flavia and Matt then split in 2010, as Flavia moved on with her celebrity dance partner Jimi Mistry.

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