Frankie Essex has addressed the rumours that her brother Joey is dating his Dancing On Ice partner, Vanessa Bauer.
Joey, 32, is set to make his skating debut this weekend, where Frankie, 35, and the rest of their family will be there to support him.
“I’m ready for my first little night out of the year to go watch Joey on Dancing On Ice,” Frankie wrote in her weekly OK! column.
“We’re all going: me, Luke, my dad, my dad’s girlfriend, and my nan. All of us are going to support him.”
She went on: “Luke and I weren’t sure if we could go because my dad and Sasha (his partner) are usually our babysitters, but Sasha’s daughter is going to watch them. We’re not allowed to take them with us to the show as they’ve got to be four and above.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I think Joey will do well, he’s really confident anyway but on the night he’ll probably feel differently when it’s live.”
In the run up to the show’s opening night, Joey appears to have been growing close to professional skater Vanessa, 26, as fans speculate that the pair might be dating.
Addressing the matter, Frankie penned: “I haven’t met his partner Vanessa yet. I’ve heard the rumours about him getting friendly with her, but I haven’t asked him about it… I’ve gone to ask, but I forget.”
“It’s probably quite easy to end up dating someone in that situation as you’re literally with them all the time,” she added.
Frankie’s comments come after 32 year old Joey dodged questions about his relationship with Vanessa while on Lorraine earlier this week.
Lorraine Kelly said to him: “You've got lovely Vanessa as your partner. The two of you get on incredibly well. So of course, everybody says you're going out. That is what they say all the time."
Dancing around the topic, Joey replied: “What? The tabloids? I mean she's a great partner. She is beautiful, she is a lovely girl and we get on really well.
"It is nice to be with someone who… we literally spend so much time together on the ice so it is nice to er… be happy, yeah."
Joey and Vanessa put on a cosy display at the TV Choice Awards in November shortly after being announced as each other’s skating partners for the new Dancing On Ice series.
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