The Capital FM DJ was reported to have broken up with ex-boyfriend Tom Rosenthal just in time for the contest but she says that’s simply not true.
“It’s all made up, it’s all just incorrect”, Hope explains in this week’s Radio Times Strictly special edition.
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“They’re writing about my ex-boyfriend as though I dumped him or something. We broke up a year ago, it had nothing to do with this. It’s just really weird. I just hope people don’t believe it.”
Hope, who is paired with new professional dancer Graziano Di Prima, says she’s “living my best life” despite all the extra attention. “It’s fantastic, I feel so lucky, I really do. I feel like I’ve got the opportunity to do something that every little girl has wanted.”
“If there’s a bit more attention and there are stories about your love life, you just have to ignore it,” she says.
Meet the stars of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 in the Radio Times Strictly special edition, on sale from Tuesday 18th September