‘I care about her, she’s a lovely girl’: Dancing On Ice’s Joey Essex gushes over skate partner Vanessa Bauer amid romance rumours as he admits he’s ‘afraid’ of dropping her
The former TOWIE star, 32, spoke highly of the professional ice skater, 26, as he admitted he’s ‘afraid’ of dropping her during their daring routines.
Joey’s kind words about Vanessa come amid continued romance rumours about the pair, of which Vanessa recently shut down.
Close bond: Joey Essex has heaped praise on his Dancing In Ice skate partner Vanessa Bauer, gushing that she’s a ‘lovely girl’ and he ‘cares about her’
The reality star is set to join 10 other famous faces on the ice when the ITV show hits screens this weekend.
And while Joey has put on a confident display during training, he detailed being terrified of dropping Vanessa, especially because he ‘cares’ about her.
Speaking to MailOnline and other press, he said of his fears about dropping her: ‘I was at the start. At the start of the journey, I was always I was going to was all like “I don’t want to drop you! I feel so bad!”
‘But now it’s like “yeah, whatever. Let’s do it man! Let’s just take risks!” I want to take risks anyway but where obviously I care about Vanessa because she’s a lovely girl, I don’t want to drop her.
Great pals: The former TOWIE star, 32, spoke highly of the professional ice skater, 26, as he admitted he’s ‘afraid’ of dropping her during their daring routines
‘But she’s so used to being dropped!’
Detailing how he feels about falling, Joey continued: ‘Nile’s [Wilson] a gymnast and he knows how to fall, like I know how to fall now. I got so much injuries at the start but you learn how to fall and how to be dropped.
‘I was well afraid of dropping her at the start, I still am afraid. I won’t drop her but it that is that fear of it could definitely happen.’
He went on: ‘You know, I’m always just to make sure that I’m comfortable and confident at all the crazy moves I’m trying to pull off.’
Just friends: Joey’s kind words about Vanessa come amid continued romance rumours about the pair, of which Vanessa recently shut down
German beauty Vanessa has had a successful stint during her time on the show, having won with Jake Quickenden in 2018, while she’s reached the final with the likes of Perri Kieley, Wes Nelson and Brendan Cole.
And while the skater was no doubt tough on the stars to bring out their best, Joey says that Vanessa has also been cracking the whip with him too – and he’s glad of it.
He explained: ‘I mean, she is like beyond strict but I love it. I wanted someone who was gonna be strict.
Fears: ‘I want to take risks anyway but where obviously I care about Vanessa because she’s a lovely girl, I don’t want to drop her’
‘I wanted someone who’s going to put me in my place, you know, tell me what’s wrong, what’s right, you know.
‘Double early all the time, you know, an hour or two early every time before skating, off ice training that we do as well – like she’s really putting me through it!’
Taking the opportunity to praise her again, he went on: ‘I’m really happy to have Vanessa because you know, she’s a really nice girl inside and out. It’s been great working with her.’
Hopes: ‘She’s beyond strict but I love it. I wanted someone who was gonna be strict. ‘I wanted someone who’s going to put me in my place, you know, tell me what’s wrong, what’s right’
Lovely: Taking the opportunity to praise her again, he went on: ‘I’m really happy to have Vanessa because you know, she’s a really nice girl inside and out. It’s been great working with her’
She shared they are ‘just friends’, before adding that they’re having ‘a lot of fun’ preparing for the competition.
Speaking to The Sun, Vanessa was asked whether there was any truth to rumours of a blossoming relationship between her and Joey.
‘We are just skating partners,’ she firmly said, while responding the same to any chance of romance in the future.
And turning the conversation to the upcoming series of the skating competition, the brunette continued: ‘Dancing on Ice couldn’t go any better right now, Joey is progressing really fast and he’s working hard.
‘He takes Dancing on Ice extremely seriously; I was a bit worried at the beginning that he was going to joke around too much. But we are having a lot of fun and at the same time we are training so hard.’
Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 15th January, 6:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
Tight bond: Their close partnership has sent tongues wagging during rehearsals in recent weeks but Vanessa firmly shut down romance rumours last month
DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
PROFESSION: Actress and DJ
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘
PROFESSION: Love Island star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”
PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’
PROFESSION: Actress and West End star
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’
PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’
PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’
JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE
PROFESSION: Drag queen
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance. My family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’
WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’