Speculation started thanks to their onscreen chemistry, with Vito calling Ellie sweet nicknames as they train together, such as ‘my baby’, ‘my Lulu’ and a ‘diamond’.
Ellie has also added ‘love you’ to messages to Vito on social media, while former co-star Amanda Abbington appeared to accidentally out the pair by referring to them as a ‘beautiful couple’ on Instagram.
Ellie told Closer: ‘I’m having the best time with Vito. Not only is he teaching me about dance but he’s teaching me a lot about myself. He is very patient and he knows that when he pushes me, I can do things.
‘Sometimes I don’t believe in myself and he believes in me. I’ve always struggled a little bit with confidence but he is like ‘you can do this!’ I didn’t know I had that sass. That’s the side I didn’t realise I had.’
Ellie said they rehearse their week’s routine every day from 9am to 6pm.
With such intense training, the actress has lost weight and is embracing the glittering costumes – which are a far cry from her Coronation Street character Faye Windass’ wardrobe.
She said: ‘Body confidence is something I’ve always struggled with. Strictly has given me a newfound confidence that I’ve never really had.’
Ellie is single after splitting from her boyfriend of five years Reagan Pettman in May, saying she was doing Strictly after ‘being cheated on’.
Vito is also single after splitting from his ex-girlfriend Arisa last year. The dancer won the Italian version of Strictly with in 2021.
It comes after Ellie also addressed the romance rumours swirling around and Vito, and tried to downplay their closeness.
The actress told OK! Magazine that her kisses with the professional dancer are just a sign of ‘deep friendship’.
She said: ‘It was only a kiss on the cheek. He gives me a kiss on the cheek every Saturday.’
Denying it could have been anything more, she added: ‘It was definitely on the cheek.’
Vito appeared to ‘confirm’ his romance with partner Ellie, calling her ‘my baby’ in a seductive Instagram post that delighted fans.
The Italian hunk posed in the sultry black and white photograph while flexing his tattooed muscle, captioning the upload: ‘Just finished another day of rehearsal. Well done to my baby Ellie Leach.’
They were then pictured putting on a very cosy display in rehearsals, practicing the intimate dance with their faces just inches away from kissing.
His declaration of love towards the soap star comes after their ex-Strictly co-star Amanda, 51, called them the ‘most beautiful couple’ on social media while saying she was ‘so proud’ of their performance.
Just days earlier the dancing duo declared their love for each other in gushing social media tributes amid reports ‘sparks are flying’ behind the scenes.
Ellie shared a snap of hers and Vito’s latest performance which she branded as a ‘magical night’ as they topped the leaderboard for a second time.
Writing: ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a magical night, we are so grateful for all of your support and we’re soooo happy to be through to another week on that Strictly dance floor’.
Fans and famous friends rushed in their droves to praise the pair with Amanda commenting: ‘Stunning. So proud of the both of you. You are the most beautiful couple!’.
MailOnline contacted Ellie and Vito’s representatives for comment at the time.