Strictly's Jacqui Smith is forced to romance her new yoga class lover by Zoom

Strictly's Jacqui Smith is forced to romance her new yoga class lover by Zoom as lockdown means they have only spent a quarter of their eight- month relationship together Jacqui Smith has been conducting her burgeoning romance over Zoom  She has dated her new lover for 8 months but only seen him for two of them  Neighbours of Smith say they have seen her boyfriend – who she met at a yoga class in March but has so far declined to name – only a handful of times

By Katie Hind For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:56 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 23:56 BST, 24 October 2020

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Strictly star Jacqui Smith has been dating her new lover for eight months – but has been able to see him in person for only about two of them.

A combination of the national lockdown and being isolated in a bubble so she can take part in the BBC dance show means the former Labour Home Secretary’s time with her new man has been severely limited. 

Instead, she has been conducting her burgeoning romance on Zoom.

Neighbours of Smith in Malvern, Worcestershire, say they have seen her boyfriend – who she met at a yoga class in March but has so far declined to name – only a handful of times.

SPRING IN HER STEP: Jacqui Smith, with Anton du Beke on last night’s Strictly

SPRING IN HER STEP: Jacqui Smith, with Anton du Beke on last night’s Strictly

Johannes Radebe and Caroline Quentin

Johannes Radebe and Caroline Quentin

Despite suggestions that he is younger than her, friends joked that he is ‘age appropriate’.

One neighbour said: ‘He’s very handsome. We have seen him but not spoken to him.’

The former Redditch MP and the man ‘crossed on the stairs’ and she thought, ‘He’s nice.’

He was not in the Strictly audience last night but apparently may go to watch her dance in future.

A source said: ‘Jacqui is very, very

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