PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 17:30, Sat, Sep 19, 2020
Jay McGuiness, 30, who won Strictly Come Dancing alongside former professional dancer Aliona Vilani, 36, back in 2015, has said he will be "grateful to her forever", after romance rumours were sparked during the final five years ago. The Wanted singer previously shut the speculation down, claiming they were "just friends" while Aliona is happily married.
Aliona was a dream partner
The rumours came after Jay was pictured looking cosy with the dancer after they won the Glitterball trophy.
Some BBC viewers also thought they had seen the star locking lips with the Strictly pro after their win.
The pair were also photographed at the after-party on the Strictly Come Dancing tour, showing Aliona wrapping her arms around Jay's neck in an intimate position.
The rumours were never more than speculation and Jay previously said "you have to create romance" as it is what people want to see.
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Jay McGuiness addresses Aliona Vilani romance claims (Image: Getty)
Jay McGuiness talks Strictly come Dancing (Image: PA)
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, he shared: "I think when you dance with someone you have to create romance and people want to see that.
“No matter what I say people will say what they want. We’re just friends. Me, her and her husband and my family, we just became a big family."
He continued: "Honestly you spend that much time together you speak about everything.
"No matter what happens you get a best friend.”
Jay McGuiness says Aliona Vilani was a 'dream'