Since embarking on her stint on Strictly Come Dancing, she has laughed off rumours that she’s romantically involved with her ballroom partner, Giovanni Pernice.
But Debbie McGee, 59, has admitted that she does share an undeniable dancefloor chemistry with the handsome 27-year-old, in a partnership with she deems ‘magical’.
In a new interview with OK!, the widow of beloved magician Paul Daniels gushed: ‘There’s a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us. He really cares, he doesn’t just care about me, he cares about everybody.
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Magical: Debbie McGee has gushed about her ‘magical’ chemistry with Strictly Come Dancing partner Giovanni Pernice in a new interview with OK! magazine
‘He makes everyone feel special and that what’s Paul used to do, and that’s what I love about him. We’ve laughed about how similar we are. Why does it happen in life? I don’t know. We just have this incredible bond.’
While she has insisted that her relationship with the Italian is strictly professional, the former ballet dancer did open up to the magazine about the possibility of finding love again, following the March 2016 death of her husband of 28 years.
‘I would hate to think I would spend the rest of my life on my own. But I don’t go looking for things. You have to let things come to you and then they’re right,’ she said.
Ones to watch: Debbie and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice have wowed judges with their precise moves – and raised the eyebrows of fans with their undeniable bond
Lip service: The pair ignited rumours of a romance when they locked lips after a dance routine
‘I look around and see people who haven’t had the life I’ve lived, who never had somebody who loved them as much as Paul loved me. I was so lucky… He was the love of my life and every day got better with him.’
The Surrey-born beauty’s comments come after she admitted to embracing the idea that people think Giovanni is interested in embarking on a romance with her.
She told the Daily Express: ‘It’s absolutely great people think he fancies me. We have a chemistry, a great sense of humour, we both make each other laugh and that has brought us together.’
Perfection: Over the weekend, Debbie and Giovanni landed the season’s first perfect score
Flexible: Former ballet dancer Debbie has also impressed viewers with her enviable flexilibity
Debbie said she has a very special friendship with the dancer, and said that because people see them dancing such sexy routines they assume the relationship is that.
She added: ‘The truth is we really like each other but it isn’t a love affair. We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It’s just one of those very special friendships.
Meanwhile, she said in an interview with Bella magazine: ‘I absolutely adore him and I have no doubt that he adores me. We have a great working dance partnership and we really love each other as human beings.
Out: Read Debbie McGee’s full interview in the latest edition of OK! magazine, out now
‘So I can see why people want to say there is something going on. We have great chemistry and love dancing together. But there’s nothing going on.’
Giovanni meanwhile said: ‘I’ve got the winning partner, not just in this competition, but for the rest of my life.
‘Debbie has to be the best person I’ve met in this country so far. She is just amazing.’
Fans’ eyebrows were raised in previous weeks when Debbie planted a kiss on Giovanni’s face following their Paso Doble on BBC show Strictly.
Their sweet scenes come as they were undoubtedly brought closer together by their perfect score on Saturday’s show – the first perfect score of the season.
Read Debbie McGee’s full interview in the latest edition of OK! magazine, out now.
Beloved: Debbie was left widowed after the 2016 death of her beloved magician husband Paul Daniels (with whom she’s pictured in 2015)