Vito Coppola of Strictly Come Dancing looks to have formed a great relationship not just with his partner Ellie Leach, but also with her family.
Following allegations that their acquaintance had turned into a romance, the couple has faced conjecture about their connection for several weeks.
Vito, 31, and Ellie, 22, have been exceedingly passionate and loving towards one another, both on-screen with their on-screen kisses and off-screen when enjoying each other’s company.
Following Saturday night’s show, where the duo finished equal first on the scoreboard with their energetic Charleston in Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, the Coronation Street star’s mother revealed further insight on their relationship.
Her mum Karen expressed her view that her daughter has ‘blossomed into a beautiful, young, confident woman’, with the professional dancer ‘helping her focus on her self-confidence and inner strengths’, as well as her dancing skills.
‘They have formed such a wonderful friendship and have a great connection on the dance floor,’ she added to The Sun on Sunday.
Karen also said that Vito has visited their family home in Manchester numerous times for supper, commenting on how much he eats.
‘It is great for me as I am a feeder, so he fits in just fine,’ she stated.
Ellie’s mother noted that Vito likes leaning over her shoulder as she cooks to examine what ingredients she’s using, characterising him as having a “lovely aura about him.”
Vito kissed Ellie on the cheek on live TV during a recent appearance on The One Show, just after fellow Strictly contestant Amanda Abbington appeared to hint at a romance between the couple.
Amanda responded to Ellie’s tweet thanking followers for their support after she and Vito made it through another week.
‘Stunning. So proud of the both of you. You are the most beautiful couple!’ the Mr Selfridge actress wrote, adding further fuel to the romance rumours.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.