Gorka Marquez to Anton Du Beke – Strictly pros’ real-life wives and girlfriends

Over the years, Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers have become almost as famous as the celebrity contestants, making their mark on the world of showbiz.

Stars like Gorka Marquez and Anton Du Beke are now celebrities in their own right, having climbed the ranks with their dazzling choreography skills.

Each series sees the pros paired up with one celebrity, forming a partnership in the hopes of winning the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

But who are the stars' real-life partners, supporting them from the sidelines each season?

Below we take a look at this year's professional dancers' love lives, with marriage, children, and romantic proposals.

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara

Lovebirds Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, and Janette Manrara, 37, are competing against each other on this year's show, respectively partnered up with DJ Clara Amfo and social media star HRVY.

They have even been forced to isolate apart to avoid any risks during the pandemic, meaning the sweethearts will likely be pining for one another across the dance floor.

Both dancers joined the show in 2013, and Janette had brief romances with fellow dancers Pasha Kovalev and Artem Chigvintsev.

However, it was Aljaz who truly stole her heart, with the Slovenian hunk popping the question during a romantic dinner out in 2015.

Two years later, they married in an intimate ceremony in London, with celebs like Louise Redknapp and Anton Du Beke in attendance.

At the time, she told OK! magazine: "Meeting and marrying Aljaz is a dream come true.

"He is my Prince Charming. I'm going to start crying again!"

While the two are focusing on their work for the time being, American dancer Janette told Hello! magazine they were looking forward to having a family together in the future.

"Aljaz and I are really looking forward to becoming parents," she said.

Oti Mabuse and Marius Iepure

Joining the cast of Strictly Come Dancing five years ago, Oti Mabuse, 30, was awarded the Glitterball Trophy with her pro partner Kelvin Fletcher in 2019.

Cheering her on at home was her hubby Marius Iepure, 38, who is also a professional dancer.

The sweethearts first met when her older sister Motsi Mabuse set them up, innocently helping Oti to find a dance partner.

Oti immediately fell for the Romanian star, telling Red Magazine: "When I said I wanted to become a professional dancer, Motsi suggested a few boys I could trial with as dance partners.

"Marius was the first and only try-out I had. I cancelled all the others. I was like, 'This is the one."

Taking their relationship to the next level, the pair got hitched in 2012, walking down the aisle in the Danish countryside.

Celebrating the happy occasion twice, Oti and Marius travelled to her native South Africa for a second ceremony surrounded by her extended family.

She told The Guardian: "A few years later, my parents wanted us to have a wedding at home and we ended up having another in South Africa."

Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg

Partnered up together on the 2018 season of Strictly, Dianne Buswell, 31, and Joe Sugg, 29, made headlines with their onscreen chemistry.

Having come second in the competition, the pair went public with their relationship several weeks after the cameras stopped rolling.

Aussie beauty Dianne quickly moved in with the YouTuber, with the pair regularly sharing lovestruck tributes to one another over social media.

Posting a photo of herself and Joe cuddled up in bed, she wrote last year: "I don't think there's been a single day since I met him where we haven't laughed."

During the lockdown, the sweethearts regularly entertained fans with TikTok videos, determined to bring a smile to fans' faces.

And, Joe and Dianne have discussed taking their relationship to the next level, as the flame-haired beauty talked family plans earlier this year.

Chatting to Happiful, she said: "He'd be like that dad that dresses up for them – he'd play characters everyday, he'd be a lot of fun, he'd be just like a kid!"

Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson

Dianne and Joe aren't the only duo to have met their match on the dance floor – Gorka Marquez, 30, and Gemma Atkinson, 36, first got to know each other on the fifteenth season of Strictly.

Gemma had appeared on the show shortly after quitting her role as Carly Hope in Emmerdale, and was partnered with Strictly pro Aljaž Skorjanec.

With Gemma insisting Gorka was just a friend, the duo quickly shut down any romance rumours in the months after filming wrapped.

However, in February 2018, they revealed they confirmed their romance in a lovestruck Valentine's Day post, with Gemma saying: "Here's to many more kid. Happy Valentine's Day."

The following year, the sweethearts confirmed they were expecting their first baby, with Gorka declaring: "Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year!

"Baby Marquez! Norm and ollie can't wait to start their big brother duties."

Their daughter, Mia, was born on July 4, 2019, with the pair thanking the staff at Royal Bolton Hospital for their assistance in the delivery.

During the 2020 season of Strictly, Gorka has been forced to isolate apart from his family, but made a special effort to wish Gemma a happy birthday on Instagram.

Making it clear he couldn't wait until they were reunited, he said: "Sad I can't be there to celebrate with you and Mia your day like you deserve.

"You are the most amazing mum and girlfriend in the world! Kind, funny, humble, caring, talented, strong and I am so grateful to have you by my side.

"I'm sorry I can't give you a birthday kiss but you have my kisses forever."

Anton Du Beke and Hannah Summers

Anton Du Beke, 54, is one of the biggest names on Strictly, even temporarily replacing Motsi Mabuse on the judging panel this season.

With his career flying, the pro dancer, 54, also enjoys a happy family life, living in Buckinghamshire with his wife Hannah Summers, 44.

A successful businesswoman, Hannah is the Chief Marketing Officer at leading mobile network security company AdaptiveMobile.

After meeting in a golf club, the pair dated for years before marriage rumours started swirling.

The couple sent fans into meltdown after they spotted Hannah's wedding ring in 2017, wondering whether they were wed.

Anton's rep later confirmed they had tied the knot in privacy following the birth of their beloved twins.

In 2016, they announced they were expecting twins, and their son George and daughter Henrietta were born the following spring.

With a loving relationship, Hannah was so delighted to learn Anton had been offered a place on the Strictly judging panel, that she started welling up.

Speaking on Loose Women, Anton said: "I told Hannah and she burst into tears, so lovely.

"I think she was delighted to get me out of the house."

Luba Mushtuk and Constantino Vitagliano

Luba Mushtuk, 30, formerly worked as an assistant choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing before joining as a professional dancer two years ago.

The Russian beauty was partnered up with NFL star Jason this season, only to get axed early on in the competition.

Away from the cameras, Luba is currently loved up with Italian TV star Constantino Vitagliano, 46.

The dishy European has appeared on shows such as Men and Women and 2009's Camorra Live Show.

Clearly smitten, Luba regularly shares snaps of the pair kissing and hugging, alongside captions like "my heart" and "love".

Though it's not clear when they started dating, Luba's first photo of Constantino on her social media dates back to July of this year.

Amy Dowden and Ben Jones

Pro dancer Amy Dowden, 30, is paired with JJ Chalmers on this year's show, and she has her fiancé Ben Jones showing his support from the sidelines.

The pair met nine years ago through mutual connections in the dance industry, going on to become the British National Dance Champions together.

Ben proposed to Amy during their New Year's Eve celebrations in 2018, ringing in 2019 with a diamond sparkler and getting on bended knee before her friends and family.

The lovebirds were due to walk down the aisle at some stage this year, but have likely postponed their plans due to the pandemic.

Updating her fans on the wedding plans last year, she said: "At the venue and so excited!!!!

"Now we need to get organised- send our save the date and start the count down!!!! #summer2020 #wedding #happy #excited #cantwait #love."

Even though the special day has been pushed forward, it is likely to be a glittering affair, with her Strictly co-stars acting as her bridesmaids.

Amy has asked Dianne Buswell and Oti Mabuse to lead her down the aisle, calling the dancers her "Strictly sisters".

Thrilled to be asked, Dianne said: "I can't wait!! You're going to be the most perfect bride."

"I said YES!!!! Well… to being a bridesmaid that is," Oti added.

Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 7.15 pm on BBC One.

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