Debbie McGee, Giovanni Pernice’s former Strictly Come Dancing partner, has evidently defended him after Amanda Abbington allegedly sought legal counsel on her experience.
Back in 2017, Giovanni, 33, and Debbie, 65, made it all the way to the final of the BBC primetime programme, however after recent rumours, the artist and BBC Radio Berkshire host decided to make it known that she had a wonderful time with Giovanni.
Sharing a photo of them together simultaneously on both Instagram and Twitter, she wrote: ‘Happy memories. Giovanni and I had the best of times on Strictly 🥰.’
Giovanni evidently loved Debbie’s social media post and responded to her on Instagram.
‘Love you … thank you ❤️❤️❤️,’ he typed.
Giovanni had a successful 2017 and won Strictly with actress Rose Ayling-Ellis in 2021.
Happy memories. Giovanni and I had the best of times on Strictly. pic.twitter.com/eS8GATj9yk
— Debbie McGee 💃🏼 (@thedebbiemcgee) January 8, 2024
However, in the most recent season, Giovanni’s partner, Amanda, 51, left after four performances for ‘personal reasons’.
According to fresh reports, actress Amanda has demanded video from rehearsals with Giovanni when they were still training together, and she has apparently sought legal assistance.
A source told The Sun: ‘The BBC have received a request for the footage they hold of Amanda and Giovanni. It is known as a data subject access request.
‘There is a feeling that the recordings will lift the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes on Strictly. Things in rehearsals can become very tense.’
A source alleged that Amanda ‘has been left broken and saddened by the whole experience’ of being on Strictly, and it’s ‘taken her months to get over what she went through’.
They claimed that the actress was ‘really stressed by having to spend eight hours a day with Giovanni’, and ‘spent a lot of time crying’.
In a recent episode of Loose Women, Frankie Bridge discussed her time on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Kevin Clifton in 2014.
The 34-year-old said: ‘There were times when he was angry, not at me, but there were times when he was angry at things like if something didn’t go right or whatever in a rehearsal.
‘But actually, I found it quite entertaining almost as he’s not like that normally. It was almost a bit of a shock when he was like that. That goes to show the stress they are under, and how much they want it to go well.’