STUNNING Dancing on Ice pro skater Vanessa Bauer is at the centre of a love triangle which threatens to spark tensions behind the scenes on this year’s show.
The star, 24 — who is said to have grown close to her soap actor dance partner Joe-Warren Plant, prompting the end of his relationship — is now dating a hunky personal trainer.
German Vanessa, who has been caught up in two Dancing on Ice love splits in the past two years, spent Christmas with Rory McCall.
The pair were pictured enjoying time together around London over the festive break.
It is likely to upset Emmerdale star Joe-Warren, 18, who has moved out the home he shared with girlfriend of three years Nicole Hadlow, 24, to return to his mum’s.
Nicole has hinted online that it is due to his growing attachment to Vanessa — prompting fears the ITV show’s “curse” may have struck before the latest series has even started.
A source said: “Obviously it’s only a few weeks ago that Joe-Warren was splitting up from his girlfriend and everyone was talking about his closeness to Vanessa — and now she’s quietly meeting a new guy.
“Joe has been staying at his mum’s place in Blackpool after moving out but of course he still has training commitments because the show will be starting very soon.
“Vanessa and Joe are playing down suggestions of romance, but his girlfriend was clearly uncomfortable with their relationship and now she’s already dating someone else in secret. It all just seems very awkward.”
Wes’s girlfriend — fellow Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson, 24 — dumped him amid rumours of his closeness to skater Vanessa.
In 2018, singer Jake Quickenden, 32, called off his engagement to fashion entrepreneur Danielle Fogarty, 26, after skating with Vanessa but he insisted she was not to blame.
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