Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid ‘curse’ rumours

Strictly Come Dancing star Faye Tozer has admitted the show has put her marriage under strain.

The former Steps singer says she finds being away from husband Michael Smith "tricky".

The 43-year-old’s comments come amid growing fears that the Strictly curse could strike once again.

Faye has been spotted looking cosy with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 28.

The pair raised eyebrows last week after being pictured looking intimate at a restaurant .

And they did nothing to dispel the rumours with a saucy Paso Doble during Saturday’s Blackpool extravaganaza.

Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

Giovanni Pernice and Faye Tozer are doing well on this year’s Strictly
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Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

Faye with husband Michael Smith
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Faye, who has a nine-year-old son with husband Michael, told The Sun: “It’s always tricky being away from home. You just have to keep your head above water.

“We’ve just got to keep really tight as a family unit and make sure we communicate — I think that’s the only way. But it is tough being away from home because we miss each other.”

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Last weekend, Faye blew away the judges with her sensational routine, which ended with Giovanni practically on top of her.

They received a staggering score of 38 and got a perfect 10 from Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas.

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Strictly viewers were blown away by the performance and took to Twitter to praise the pair.

One viewer said: "Oh, @Faye_Tozer – you were EPIC!! Muchos congratulationos!"

Crikey @Faye_Tozer and @pernicegiovann1 what a dance! Hotski! Amazingly theatrical, sexy, and Giovanni in see through clothes," added another.

A third said: "Just had to rewind #Strictly because @Faye_Tozer and @pernicegiovann1 dance was so frigging hot"

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The dance pair have laughed off the intimate pictures taken in a restaurant, which appeared to show Giovanni feeding Faye.

They were spotted celebrating Faye’s 43rd birthday with a cozy lunch in Newcastle earlier this week, sparking speculation they’re getting closer than they should.

But Faye told The Sun: “I can feed myself thank you very much. But I had a bit of salad on my face so he took it off and that was it.”

Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

The pair spoofed the restaurant pictures
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Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

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Michael, Faye’s husband of nine years, also laughed off the claims with a selfie posted to his Instagram .

Addressing the intimate pictures, Michael pointed to a spot of pasta by his mouth and captioned the picture: "Where’s @pernicegiovann1 when you need him? Help me out @fayetozersmith."

Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

They made light of the eyebrow-raising snaps
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Faye Tozer admits Strictly has put a strain on her marriage amid 'curse' rumours

Giovanni insists nothing is going on with his dance partner
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Giovanni himself addressed the intense snaps by poking fun at himself.

He shared a video of him and Faye eating dinner in a restaurant last Friday night.

In the short spoof clip, the Italian dancer leans over the table to where Faye is feasting on her tomato, mozzarella and rocket salad, and gently tugs a leaf from the side of her mouth.

Licking her thumb of olive oil, Faye flashes a look in his direction before the camera pans back to Giovanni.

Last month, Giovanni slammed claims by former fellow dance professional Gleb Savchenko hinted that Giovanni could be kissing his partner behind closed doors.

Giovanni told The Sun : "This is total and utter nonsense!

"No one has any idea why Gleb is saying stuff like this. It’s utter rubbish."

*Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 6.45pm

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