Joey Essex addresses reports of romance with Dancing On Ice pro Vanessa Bauer

Joey Essex has addressed reports of a romance with his Dancing On Ice partner, Vanessa Bauer, saying they are “taking it slow”.

The 32-year-old former The Only Way Is Essex reality star was questioned by co-hosts Susanna Reid and Ed Balls during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday.

He and Bauer posed for photos together at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards in November and Essex has often gushed about her after their performances on the show.

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Asked whether he wanted to address the reports, he said: “I am open. I will answer.

“The truth is, obviously I am single, Vanessa is single. We go to the ice every day. It is cold. Got to keep each other warm. You know what I’m saying?

“So that’s it really. But, yeah, it’s all good.”

However, asked by Reid whether they are together, Essex appeared to backtrack.

He said: “No comment. Can’t confirm. But we are both single right now. We are taking it slow. It’s all good. I’ve not confirmed nothing.”

Reid said anyone watching Dancing On Ice will be able to see he has a “soft spot” for her, with Essex replying: “Of course I do. Vanessa is lovely, man.”

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards
Joey Essex and Vanessa Bauer at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards (Ian West/PA)

Sunday’s episode of Dancing On Ice saw former footballer John Fashanu become the first contestant voted off the show after ending up in the skate-off against Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu.

Fashanu, who was part of the Wimbledon team that won the FA Cup final against Liverpool in 1988, was eliminated after performing to Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit In The Sky with his professional partner, Alexandra Schauman.