TILLY Ramsay and Strictly pro Nikita Kuzmin shared an awkward hug last night amid rumours they've grown close on the BBC show.
Gordon Ramsay's daughter, 19, and the Ukrainian dancer, 23, wrapped their arms around each other outside the Strictly It Takes Two studios.
Social media star Tilly looked glam in a minidress and a black jacket as she laughed along with Nikita before the pair jumped in a cab to go home.
It comes as Nikita's girlfriend broke her silence – amid growing speculation of his bond with partner Tilly.
Nicole Wirt took to social media last night to urge people to vote for the pair and keep them on the show.
She also described the duo – who we yesterday revealed have become “inseparable” – as “cuties”.
Her comments come after days of silence on social media which had led to speculation she might be annoyed at her boyfriend’s reported growing friendship with Tilly.
A source said: "Nicole hasn’t said anything for days on social media which raised eyebrows because initially she’d been really supportive of the pair.
"She’s also not been in and around the show as she had her own stuff going on.
"So speaking out and wishing Niki and Tilly well is a sign that she’s fully behind them."
However, Strictly viewers aren’t just talking about Tilly and Nikita's dance moves as they can’t get over the pair's connection – sparking speculation about the Strictly curse striking once again.
Tilly has introduced dance-partner Nikita to her uni pals – after logging on for lessons during rehearsals.
As well as regularly inviting Nikita round for tea with her family and famous dad Gordon Ramsay he’s met her mates too.
A source said: “Due to Strictly training, Tilly is having to combine uni with dancing but she has been able to successfully mix things up.
“She’s been logging into lessons online from rehearsals and last week took the chance to introduce Nikita to some of her mates.
“It was a bit surreal for everyone else but Tilly is hoping she is going to be part of the show for many more weeks so she thought it was important her uni colleagues got the chance to say hello.
“Since being paired Tilly and Nikita have been inseparable. They’ve probably put in more hours of training than any other couple and have become really good friends.”
Rumours first began to swirl after the pair were pictured heading to Tilly's London flat earlier this month.
The gossip heightened when Nikita's girlfriend Nicole, 23, deleted a social media message in which she expressed her support for the Strictly Come Dancing pair.
Nicole, also a professional dancer, has been dating the Ukrainian heartthrob since 2016.
She initially seemed proud of the duo when she posted a picture of their waltz from Saturday's show with the caption: 'Cheering on my faves.'
But the message was removed and instead the dancer, who is based in Germany, followed the post with a message that said: "Stop complaining so much over things you can't change or control."
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