Joey Essex cosies up to his skating partner Vanessa Bauer ahead of semi-final


Love is in the air! Dancing On Ice star Joey Essex cosies up to his skating partner Vanessa Bauer in a sweet Instagram snap ahead of semi-final

Rumours of a romance between the pair have been circulating for several months.

And the pair have looked happier than ever recently as they cosied up to one another on Saturday in a sweet Instagram snap ahead of the semi-final.

The reality TV star, 32, can be spotted flashing his pearly whites as he smiled for the sweet snap alongside his pro skating partner Vanessa, 26.

And Vanessa, who can be seen all smiles as well, took to her Instagram stories to share the sweet snap captioning the post with ‘Taking it all in @dancingonice @joeyessex.’

The sweet snap comes after the pair recently shocked fans by sharing a kiss live on TV last month after dancing to High School Musical’s Breaking Free dressed as lead characters Troy and Gabrielle.

Love is in the air! Dancing On Ice star Joey Essex cosied up to his skating partner Vanessa Bauer in a sweet Instagram snap ahead of the semi-final on Saturday

And once the routine ended, Joey can be seen getting carried away by pulling in his skating partner Vanessa for a full-on smooch.

Vanessa, taken aback by the bold move, can be seen laughing off the kiss before joining Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for the judge’s scores.

After the shocking kiss, Joey declared to Philip and Holly that it was Vanessa’s ‘first kiss on TV ever.’

The shocking live-on-air kiss comes after Joey recently returned to rehearsals after suffering a nasty skating injury during rehearsals last month.

And the former Towie star was forced to rest up as he recovered from the injury.

The star then took to his Instagram to share an update with his 1.8M followers by posting a picture of him bedridden.

Taking a picture of his bottom half, the TV personality’s right knee and shin had a black support wrapped around it.

While he covered his foot with a sticker of an ice skate, suggesting there could be further injury to it.

Smooch: The sweet snap comes after the pair recently shocked fans by sharing a kiss live on TV last month after dancing to High School Musical's Breaking Free

Smooch: The sweet snap comes after the pair recently shocked fans by sharing a kiss live on TV last month after dancing to High School Musical’s Breaking Free 

Earlier this month, Joey confirmed rumours of a relationship with Vanessa during Dancing On Ice after being grilled by hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Scholfield.

However, the presenters were subsequently slammed by viewers for being ‘totally inappropriate,’ ‘disrespectful,’ and leaving Vanessa visibly ‘uncomfortable.’

Phil, 60, attempted to coax the former TOWIE star, 32, and his professional partner, 26, into revealing whether they were an item before Holly, 41, announced the pair as ‘Joey Essex and his skating-slash-real life partner Vanessa.’

The Dancing On Ice semi-final will air on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 pm on ITV1, and the show has a shocking twist in store for the celebrity skaters as there will be two eliminations during the show.

Semi-final: The semi-final will air on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 pm on ITV1, and the show has a shocking twist in store for the skaters as there will be two eliminations during the show

Semi-final: The semi-final will air on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 pm on ITV1, and the show has a shocking twist in store for the skaters as there will be two eliminations during the show

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