PICTURE EXC: Joey Essex shares an embrace with Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer ... trends now

PICTURE EXC: Joey Essex shares an embrace with Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer ... trends now
PICTURE EXC: Joey Essex shares an embrace with Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer ... trends now

PICTURE EXC: Joey Essex shares an embrace with Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer ... trends now

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Joey Essex shares a sweet embrace with his Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer after a day of rehearsals... after she shut down romance rumours

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Joey Essex and his Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer showed their close bond on Thursday as they headed home from a day of rehearsals.

The former TOWIE star wrapped up warm in a Nike hooded jacket as he stepped out, keeping his skating partner free from the cold as they were snapped having a sweet hug.

And it comes just days after professional Vanessa shut down the growing rumours of a romance between her and Joey, sharing that they are 'just friends', before adding that they're having 'a lot of fun' preparing for the competition. 

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Joey Essex was spotted alongside Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer after a day of rehearsals on Thursday

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Joey Essex was spotted alongside Dancing On Ice partner Vanessa Bauer after a day of rehearsals on Thursday

Joey's jacket featured a grey pattern design, as he teamed it with a pair of black jogging bottoms and complementing Nike trainers.

Keeping his hood over a baseball cap, the reality star pulled along a small suitcase while holding a black backpack.

Vanessa walked alongside him as she donned a pair of mauve sports leggings and a faux fur lined, cream aviator coat.

Embrace: The former TOWIE star wrapped up warm in a Nike hooded jacket as he stepped out, keeping his skating partner free from the cold as they were snapped having a sweet hug

Embrace: The former TOWIE star wrapped up warm in a Nike hooded jacket as he stepped out, keeping his skating partner free from the cold as they were snapped having a sweet hug

Embrace: The former TOWIE star wrapped up warm in a Nike hooded jacket as he stepped out, keeping his skating partner free from the cold as they were snapped having a sweet hug

Farewell: Vanessa wrapped both arms around her skating partner as they said goodbye next to a waiting taxi

Farewell: Vanessa wrapped both arms around her skating partner as they said goodbye next to a waiting taxi

Carrying a PVC black totebag over her shoulder, Vanessa's chocolate brown locks were left to fall in a loose curl.

The duo walked alongside one another while making their way from rehearsals to an awaiting taxi, with Joey giving Vanessa a lingering hug goodbye - as the skater wrapped both arms around her torso.

And despite putting on a close display on social

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