Speaking about the romance years later, Matt said: “It was a pretty crazy time. The funny thing was the story did not start off as true, but the more you read it, the more you started to believe it and actually act on it.” The story got even more complicated when Flavia left Matt in 2010 for her new celebrity partner, Jimi Mistry…
Their chemistry – especially when lifting the Glitterball trophy as champions – was palpable.
They quickly confirmed a romance after the end of the show and were together for four years until splitting in 2014, partly due to Artem’s visa problems that kept the pair apart.
Former Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian and Strictly professional Brian Fortuna began dating when they were partnered together on the show in 2009.
However, the pair split up a year later when their romance fizzled out.
This was one of the messiest Strictly romances, and it involved East Enders actor Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace in 2007.
When the couple were partnered together, Flavia had been dating fellow professional Vincent Simone for 11 years.However, she soon left him for Matt, who was only 19 years old at the time.With days, weeks and months of getting up close and personal in the Strictly Come Dancing training room, it’s hardly surprising that so many celebrities and professional dancers end up sharing more than just a Tango.The so-called ‘Strictly curse’ has become its own entity, with many couples becoming romantically involved during or after their time on the show.Here are 12 people who have fallen victim to it: Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote was dating fellow Corrie star Sean Ward when she was partnered with Giovanni Pernice in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.Although Sean was frequently seen cheering on his girlfriend of eight months in the studio audience, pictures of Georgia and Giovanni holding hands on a holiday a few weeks after the Strictly final set tongues wagging that she was another victim of the Strictly curse.