Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice ‘curse’: How it all began with him

While the Dancing On Ice ‘curse’ may not be as prolific as its Strictly Come Dancing counterpart, it does still exist.

The pairing of celebrities and professional ice skaters on the ITV show has seen some relationships formed and others end.

And Sylvain Longchambon has seen that more than anyone.

Back in 2011, the French ice dancer was paired up with Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe, and they embarked on a relationship together off the ice too.

They were together for two years, but Jennifer, who plays Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, was left devastated when he cruelly dumped her on Christmas Day in 2013.

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Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

Sylvain and Jennifer started dating after meeting on the show
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Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

He dumped her over the phone on Christmas Day
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That year, he’d returned to Dancing On Ice after a few years away and been paired up with Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie.

Jennifer told The Sun On Sunday at the time: "It’s like death. I felt gutted. It was the worst Christmas ever."

The actress admitted she thought she was going to marry Sylvain and revealed that she’d confronted him about his feelings for newly-single Samia before he was due to travel back to France to spend Christmas with his family.

She told him she knew what was going on and demanded answers, and he denied he’d spoken to Samia about his feelings and asked for some space.

Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

He was dating Jennifer when he met Samia
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Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

They’re married and have a son now
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Sylvain then called Jennifer on Christmas Day to tell her it was over.

She said: "He told me on the phone that Samia and himself had a conversation about their feelings for each other."

Jennifer believed he’d been cheating on her with Samia, who plays Maria Connor in ITV soap Coronation Street.

Samia, who split from her boyfriend of two years Will Thorp before getting with Sylvain, insisted she had done nothing wrong.

She said at the time: "I have not got anything to say to Jennifer. I don’t need to ­justify ­anything.

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Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

Samia had been dating Will Thorp
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"My boyfriend and me split up for reasons personal to us.

"I’m single, and it’s sad when you split up with someone anyway and I don’t want to go into the ­details why we split up but it certainly has nothing to do with anyone else."

Samia and Sylvain went on to get engaged in 2015 and married in 2016.

They’re still going strong and have a son, Yves Joseph Longchambon, who was born in September 2015.

Now, Sylvain is paired up with Samia’s friend and fellow Corrie star Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby.

Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

Sylvain is now paired with Jane
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Sylvain Longchambon and the Dancing On Ice 'curse': How it all began with him

Samia has been cheering them on
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And Jane admitted it was difficult having to spend so much time with her mate’s fella.

She told Metro : "It’s great, because the foundations are already there. You know, we do know each other but we’re getting to know each other in a dancing capacity and I’m not a trained dancer so it’s quite difficult.

"Obviously he is a trained dancer so it comes so naturally to him. So it really is like being back at school a lot of the time. And just ’cause we’re friends, he’s not gone easy. He’s quite the perfectionist."

Samia was there in the audience to cheer them on for their first performance, and told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she was so proud of them both.

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