Strictly's Giovanni Pernice gets shy as he FINALLY confirms romance with

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice gets shy as he FINALLY confirms romance with Ashley Roberts on Lorraine after months of denying dating rumours

He’s been denying dating rumours with his Strictly Come Dancing co-star for months.

But Giovanni Pernice finally confirmed his new relationship with girlfriend Ashley Roberts during an appearance on Monday’s edition of Lorraine. 

While promoting his upcoming tour, the dancer, who was joined by fellow pros Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Márquez, all 28, became rather shy when he was grilled about his blossoming romance with the singer, 37.

Love life: Giovanni Pernice finally confirmed his new relationship with girlfriend Ashley Roberts during an appearance on Monday's edition of Lorraine

Love life: Giovanni Pernice finally confirmed his new relationship with girlfriend Ashley Roberts during an appearance on Monday’s edition of Lorraine

Last month, Giovanni and Ashley appeared to confirm their relationship with a kiss during a night out on their Miami break.

However, the choreographer became coy as he publicly spoke about their new romance for the first time.

The Italian hunk revealed: ‘I’ll be dancing with Faye [Tozer] on the tour, but yes [I’m going out with Ashley]. That’s a different type of tour!’

PDA: Last month, the dancer, 28, and the singer, 37, appeared to confirm their relationship with a kiss during a night out on their Miami break 

PDA: Last month, the dancer, 28, and the singer, 37, appeared to confirm their relationship with a kiss during a night out on their Miami break 

High spirits: While promoting his upcoming tour, he was joined by fellow pros Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Márquez, also 28

High spirits: While promoting his upcoming tour, he was joined by fellow pros Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Márquez, also 28

High spirits: While promoting his upcoming tour, he was joined by fellow pros Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Márquez, also 28

High spirits: While promoting his upcoming tour, he was joined by fellow pros Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Márquez, also 28

Slovenian dancer Aljaz also reflected on their US trip: ‘I joined Giovanni and Ashley in Miami, it was beautiful and so nice to be in Florida together.’ 

Meanwhile, Giovanni was every inch the doting partner as he went on to defend The Pussycat Dolls star’s stint on the BBC programme, after she was slammed by viewers for having previous dance experience.

‘It’s the same thing every single year. People always speak about dance experience, but it’s completely different. They’re really committed to the show. All the celebs were fantastic!’

'That's a different type of tour!': The choreographer became coy as he publicly spoke about their new romance for the first time

‘That’s a different type of tour!’: The choreographer became coy as he publicly spoke about their new romance for the first time

Dance partner: During their time on the BBC stint, Giovanni took to the dancefloor with Steps singer Faye Tozer

Dance partner: During their time on the BBC stint, Giovanni took to the dancefloor with Steps singer Faye Tozer

Fancy footwork: Blonde beauty Ashley was partnered with dance partner Pasha Kovalev on the show

Fancy footwork: Blonde beauty Ashley was partnered with dance partner Pasha Kovalev on the show

It had been reported just before Christmas that Ashley and Giovanni were planning to spend the festive season together, and the couple were seen touching down in Miami together.

A source told The Sun: ‘This is a sign of just how heavily Giovanni has fallen for Ashley during the three to four months they were working in close ­quarters together.

‘But because of the show’s punishing rehearsal and performance schedule they couldn’t spend as much time together as they might have liked.

‘So now that the show is over, they’re virtually inseparable. That includes not wanting to be apart at Christmas, even if that means Giovanni has to make a ­sacrifice.’

Defence: He went on to defend The Pussycat Dolls star's stint on the BBC programme, after she was slammed by viewers for having previous dance experience

Defence: He went on to defend The Pussycat Dolls star’s stint on the BBC programme, after she was slammed by viewers for having previous dance experience

This had also come following claims that the then-rumoured couple shared a smooch at the Strictly wrap party in mid-December, consoling one another after they both missed out on the glitterball trophy.

‘They couldn’t keep their hands off each other – full on snogging and touching in front of everyone, ‘ a source told The Sun at the time. 

In November, Ashley laughed off rumours of a romance with Giovanni when asked by Phillip Schofield on This Morning, insisting at the time that she was single and dedicated to the show.  

Smitten: Elsewhere in the interview, presenter Lorraine, 59, quizzed the trio on the Strictly curse, with Aljaz gushing over his wife Janette Manrara

Smitten: Elsewhere in the interview, presenter Lorraine, 59, quizzed the trio on the Strictly curse, with Aljaz gushing over his wife Janette Manrara

Loved-up: Gorka, who is dating soap star Gemma Atkinson, added: 'Lucky me! We're very happy

Loved-up: Gorka, who is dating soap star Gemma Atkinson, added: ‘Lucky me! We’re very happy

Elsewhere in the interview, presenter Lorraine, 59, quizzed the trio on the Strictly curse, with Aljaz gushing over his wife Janette Manrara.

He said: ‘It’ll be our three-year anniversary this year, we met on a touring show before Strictly. The show brought us closer, so it was more of a Strictly blessing rather than a curse.’

Gorka, who is dating soap star Gemma Atkinson, added: ‘Lucky me! We’re very happy. Thanks to the show and tour, we got to know each other better. She’s actually a great dance teacher and gives me some tips sometimes.’

They appeared on the breakfast show to discuss their upcoming tour Here Come The Boys, with Giovanni branding it ‘a fun party’. 

New stint: They appeared on the breakfast show to discuss their upcoming tour Here Come The Boys, with Giovanni branding it 'a fun party'

New stint: They appeared on the breakfast show to discuss their upcoming tour Here Come The Boys, with Giovanni branding it ‘a fun party’

Entertainment: The trio put on an energetic display as they delivered a lively performance for the ITV host

Entertainment: The trio put on an energetic display as they delivered a lively performance for the ITV host