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Joey Essex opens up about falling for partner Vanessa Bauer

Joey Essex took to the ice rink for the first time last Sunday, and he has already fallen head over heels for his dance partner.

After being paired up with professional Vanessa Bauer for the competition, Joey recently opened up about falling for her.

“I’m truly blessed to be paired with Vanessa, I was very happy,” Joey said with a smile in an exclusive chat ahead of the series.

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?”

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

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