Michelle Visage has dismissed reports that she is “unhappy” with her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Giovanni Pernice. The RuPaul’s Drag Race judge is currently in rehearsals for Strictly’s annual trip to Blackpool, where she’ll perform a Street/Commercial routine to Madonna’s Vogue (which, let’s be honest, is quite probably going to be the moment of the series). But while The Sun has claimed that things aren’t going so smoothly behind the scenes, suggesting things are “tense” between Michelle and Giovanni due to their “fiery relationship”, she has insisted they’re still having a good time together.
Michelle and Giovanni during a recent appearance on Loose Women (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Posting a statement on Twitter, Michelle admitted she’d found the headlines “upsetting” because of how close she and her partner are.
“Gio is my best friend in this competition, he is my rock and I trust him with everything,” she wrote. “We have the most fun and laughs together and to suggest otherwise is just sad.
“At this very moment, we are focussing on Blackpool and we are SO excited to share our magical dance with all of you!”
Michelle has previously admitted that she and Giovanni can be “at each other’s throats” in the early stages of their rehearsals each week, but insisted that it’s all from a place of “love”.
“We’re both Italian. We’re both intense. We’re both Virgos,”
The Sun has quoted her as saying. “So there’s a perfectionist level that’s really ridiculous between us… he wants it quicker than I’m able to provide it.
“So Mondays and Tuesdays is a lot of us at each other’s throats. By the end of the week, we’re totally in love with each other again and it’s fine.”
She added: “I’ve never walked out. We just like to fight. We like to fight it out, but it’s just that’s all in love. Our relationship is very fiery. It is weird, but it’s perfect.”
Michelle and Giovanni (Photo: BBC/Ray Burmiston)
More Michelle was dealt a blow last week, when she and Giovanni ended up in the dance-off for the first time, despite having finished in second place on the leaderboard on Saturday night’s live show. Eventually, the judges decided to spare Michelle and send home Mike Bushell instead, after four weeks in a row in the bottom two. Story continues Strictly returns on Saturday night at 7.05pm on BBC One. Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.
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When Dannii Minogue was added to the ‘X Factor’ judging panel in its fourth series, Sharon Osbourne was suitably unimpressed.
She was able to mask it well enough at first, but by the end of the series, she was running around the ‘Graham Norton Show’ studio, doing an unflattering impression of the Australian judge, making fun of her Botox and eventually comparing Dannii’s face to her own bum. Charming. Dannii never retaliated until years later, when she detailed Mrs O’s treatment of her in her autobiography, with Kelly Osbourne wading in on Twitter and branding the ‘Put The Needle On It’ singer “the devil”. Literally. “The devil”. That’s what someone said about Dannii Minogue. More Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj ('The X Factor')
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The story goes that Mariah had been told she’d be the only woman on the panel, so was unpleasantly surprised when Nicki was later confirmed as a judge. The two then repeatedly rubbed each other up the wrong way, and it culminated in the details of an onset argument being leaked online, during which Nicki apparently said: “I'm not fucking putting up with her fucking highness over there.” Although they managed to play nice (nice enough, at least) in the live shows, Nicki later referenced the beef in one of her songs, to which Mariah infamously sighed in a Barbara Walters interview: “I don’t know [if she’s singing about me], I didn’t know she sang, I thought she rapped or whatever.” More Will Smith and Janet Hubert ('The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air')
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‘EastEnders’ star Shane is known for being thick as thieves with his co-star both on and off screen, though he’s since admitted this wasn’t always the case.
During a court testimony in the phone hacking scandal trials, he admitted that the two would often leave other voice messages about what was going on in their professional and personal lives, but they eventually wound up falling out due to mistrust, when they were both the victims of hacks. He said in 2015: “That impacts a lot on shows like ‘EastEnders’ where you are working so close. You end up just not talking to each other because you end up not trusting each other." After a while, me and Jessie didn't speak for five years because she didn't trust me and I didn't trust her because we both thought we were selling each other down the river with stories, which it turned out of course wasn't true.” Thankfully, now they know the truth, they’re once again great friends, and are gearing up to play Kat and Alfie Moon in an ‘EastEnders’ spin-off in 2017. More Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall ('Sex And The City')
Despite repeated denials on both sides, Sarah Jessica and Kim have repeatedly been dogged by rumours of an on-set fall-out.
In 2016, the Carrie Bradshaw actress spoke of how upset she was about the false reports, telling Howard Stern: “Nobody ever questioned the relationships of the men on that show. Was every day perfect? Was everybody always desperately hopelessly in love with each other. No. “But this is a family of people who needed each other, relied upon each other and loved each other. And this ongoing narrative… it really upset me.” More Janet Street-Porter and Denise Welch ('Loose Women')
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Well, folks, they were deliberately kept apart to stop any kind of flare-up on the ITV daytime show.Denise told Piers Morgan back in 2013 that she and Janet worked different days, when asked whether there were any of her co-presenters that she didn’t get on with. A source later told the Mirror: “To say relations between Denise and Janet are frosty would be an understatement. The reality is they really don't like each other and they probably never will.” More Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman ('Desperate Housewives')
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A source bluntly told Celebuzz: “The girls don’t get along with Teri... so they organised [the gift] and left her out.” More Bea Arthur and Betty White ('The Golden Girls')
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They might have been “thanking each other for being a friend” when the show was on the air, but behind the scenes, leading lady Bea Arthur didn’t have much to do with her co-stars. A friend of the late Bea Arthur’s once recalled: “One day, early on in the series, Bea said she just couldn't hold back any more and she let rip at Betty [White], turning the air blue with her tirade."The series became such a huge hit, but the show's execs had a major headache because of the Bea and Betty feud. "By the end of the run, it often became unbearable to be around them... they simply hated each other." More Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook ('Love Island')
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Back in 2005, it was reported that Kelly was furious with her co-host, after he disclosed on air that she’d once been intimate with contestant Paul Danan. A source claimed at the time: “You could almost see the steam coming out of her ears. She went red in the face and just bellowed at Patrick. She was desperate to put him in his place.” Don’t worry, Kelly, we don’t think that affected your presenting career… More Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev ('Strictly Come Dancing')
It’s rare that anyone walks away from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with anything negative to say about their experiences, but sadly Fern’s stint on the hit show was blighted by the fact she didn’t get on with her partner.
The former ‘This Morning’ host said years later that Artem would "look at her feet and just kick or shove" her, as well as jokingly telling her to "shut her face" and "go home before I kill you". Ouchie. The two eventually wound up finishing in 10th place. More Aliona Vilani and Gregg Wallace ('Strictly Come Dancing')
Fern isn’t the only ex-‘Strictly’ contestant to have a tough time with their partner, with ‘Masterchef’ star Gregg Wallace later slating Aliona after they were given the boot.
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While they keep it professional on ‘Masterchef’, John recently admitted that he and Gregg aren’t friends away from the cameras, even going as far as claiming to The Mirror: “If we do go out for a drink, I’ll invariably be at one end of a big old table and he’ll be at the other.”
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Again, these two played best friends in ‘Buffy’, but the reality was somewhat different.
In news that just might spoil your childhood memories of the supernatural show, the two’s squabbles reached fever pitch when Sarah Michelle Gellar announced she was stepping down from the show in Entertainment Weekly, reportedly without consulting the rest of the cast. More Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty ('Charmed')
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One of the longest-standing TV feuds, ‘Star Trek’ actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were no fans of one another on the set of the sci-fi show, as the Captain Kirk actor was jealous of his co-star’s fanmail, particularly from female viewers.
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While we struggle to imagine anyone having a bad word to say about Anthea Turner, Eamonn was not her biggest fan while they shared the ‘GMTV’ sofa, even branding her “Princess Tippy Toes”.
Ouch. She was eventually sacked when he told bosses that he’d walk unless she was given the axe, but they made it up 12 years later, appearing together on ‘Daybreak’. Anthea, as good a sport as ever, joked at the time: “If we can do it maybe Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez will become friends, too.” More This article originally appeared on HuffPost.