BBC Strictlys Ellie Leach admits Vito Coppola is like family in sweet insight

Strictly: Vito likens Ellie Leach to a ‘diamond’

Strictly Come Dancing’s Ellie Leach has taken her relationship with dance partner Vito Coppola to the next level – as she revealed he has joined her for tea with her parents. 

The BBC star, 22, admitted that she has taken Vito, 31, back to her family home for cosy dinners. 

Their dinner dates have been going down a storm as he “loves” her mother’s food, including her signature gravy. 

Ellie is a self-confessed homebody, who still lives with her parents at their home in Manchester.

She went on to gush that Vito has “become part of the family” since they have been spending so much time together. 

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In an interview with the DailyMail she said: “’He’s become part of the family. They love him and he loves my mum’s gravy.”

She added that he adores her mother’s beef stew, which she describes as “just an ordinary beef stew, nothing special I thought, but he loved it”. 

Ellie quipped that every time Vito comes for tea, he asks: “Will there be gravy?”

The former Coronation Street actress continued: “They absolutely love him coming round and so do I”. 

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Vito, who is an 11-time Latin American dance champion, has grown very close with Ellie over the time they have been dancing together.

The pair have been fuelling romance rumours since the start of the competition thanks to their strong connection.

However, despite their incredible chemistry both on and off-camera, they have denied claims of a romantic relationship.

Addressing romance rumours, Ellie coyly said of the topic: “There is always speculation about the couples on Strictly. But honestly, we are just so busy dancing.” 

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Ellie continued to explain their relationship and joked: “Vito is wild.”

While laughing she said: “That’s what makes every single day such fun. I’d never done anything like this before.

“But he’s such a great teacher and great human that he gives me the confidence. Vito has encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone.” 


Last week the pair performed a sexy Argentine tango which caused quite a stir with viewers.

Speaking with Claudia Winkleman after their performance, Vito explained how he managed to help Ellie to unleash her inner tiger.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7.25 on BBC One.

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