Joey Essex squirms as he’s quizzed on relationship with Dancing on Ice co-star ahead of ‘terrifying’ return to the show

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JOEY Essex squirmed as he struggled to give a straight answer about his Dancing on Ice romance.

The 32-year-old was quizzed on his relationship with dance partner Vanessa Bauer as their chemistry sizzled on-screen.

After being paired up with the German skating champion, Joey and Vanessa are now dating
They grew close in training

Joey refused to confirm they were an item, instead insisting they were both “single”.

However, he admitted they enjoyed “keeping each other warm” on the ice.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid and Ed Balls, Joey said: “The truth is obviously I’m single, Vanessa is single. We go the ice every day, it’s cold, we’ve got to keep each other warm.”

Excited Susanna said it “warmed the cockles of her heart”.

Joey laughed: “No comment, can’t confirm. We’re taking it slow. I’m not confirming nothing.”

Since being paired together in November, Joey and Vanessa, 26, have become almost inseparable.

As well as spending time at Joey’s Essex home, just this week he romanced Vanessa over a traditional, East End pie and mash lunch.

And Joey, 32, admits he is ­struggling to keep his hands to himself.

“I’m truly blessed to be paired with Vanessa, I was very happy,” Joey told HOAR.

He added: “You’re close and you are touching each other’s legs . . . and everywhere else. You are very intimate and it can happen.

“Honestly I don’t know how people do this show when they’re married — it would be a disaster.

“People were saying to me, like, ‘If I was married . . . God!’ Lucky I ain’t got a ring on my finger, eh?”

Joey with his Dancing on Ice co-stars Ekin-Su and Patsy Palmer