Strictly Come Dancing star Alex Scott, 35, and her professional dance partner Neil Jones, 37, have been at the centre of romance rumours since their time together on the BBC show last year. The dancing duo have previously denied the claims that they are in a romantic relationship.
Although Alex says she is a single woman, the former professional footballer admitted viewers could see “chemistry” between herself and Neil because they shared a “connection”.
In a interview, the presenter reiterated the dancing duo are Strictly “friends” and nothing else.
Speaking to Stella magazine, Alex divulged: “Straight away we had a connection and people could see there was a chemistry between us.
“But I’m single. I came out of a long-term relationship just before I went on Strictly.”
She continued: “Neil has just come out of a marriage, which I think is where the rumours came from. But we’re just friends. Nothing more than that.”
Neil is married to estranged wife and Strictly co-star Katya Jones, 30, but the pair announced their split in August last year.
The former couple split 10 months after she was pictured kissing her former dance partner Seann Walsh during a night out in London.
The ballroom champions first tied the knot in 2013, with Neil joining the Strictly line-up in 2016 and Katya the following year.
Meanwhile, the dancing duo are hitting the road for the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tour ,which kicks off in Birmingham tomorrow and concludes in London next month.
Alex and Neil will be joined by fellow celebrities Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard, Emma Barton and Graziano Di Prima, Mike Bushell and Katya, and Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe.
The celebrities will also be performing with professional dancers Luba Mushtuk, Karen Hauer, Dianne Buswell, Joshua Keefe, Jake Leigh and Robbie Kemetoni.
Stacey will be hosting the show, while Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be on the judging panel.
Meanwhile, Alex took to Twitter and retweeted a cheeky video clip where she showcased her dance moves with BBC Breakfast star Mike during Strictly rehearsals.
In view of her 248,000 followers, she captioned the post: “What did we learn on @bbcstrictly live tour today? Well @mikebreakfast showed me the ‘dolphin’ move. Watch out for this one…we got this!”
Fans inundated the star with comments, as one person said: “Can’t wait to see you on tour.”
Another person quipped: “Left Mike hanging there at the end,” while another person added: “You’ve got the moves like Jagger.”