Helen Skelton grows close to Strictly pro Vito Coppola after bonding on tour bus
Helen Skelton is thought to have "grown close" to Strictly Come Dancing pro Vito Coppola.
The TV presenter, 39, finished in second place on the show with dance partner Gorka Marquez and has been touring the nation with 'Strictly Come Dancing Live' – and according to reports, Helen has established a close bond with the professional dancer.
Speaking to The Mirror, a source said: “Helen and Vito were good friends during Strictly, but really bonded on tour. There were two buses for the cast – the party bus and the quiet bus.
Her link with Italian Vito – who made the final with singer-songwriter Fleur East – is said to have caught the attention of fellow stars behind the scenes, with the pair enjoying "casual" dates.
“They spent a lot of time chatting on the quiet bus and getting to know each other. They have a lot in common – a love of the outdoors, for example. Between shows they also spent time together one-on-one, like going for coffee, just the two of them. Then, if the whole group went for dinner, they would sit together, deep in conversation.”
The source added: “If anyone pulled out a phone and started filming, Helen would move away from Vito. She didn’t want to be captured in the background.”
Mum of three Helen has been single since splitting from her rugby star husband Richie Myler, 32, just months before the 2022 Strictly season kicked off.
The couple's eight year marriage ended last year, soon after she gave birth to their third child, Elsie. Richie then began a relationship with Stephanie Thirkhill, 32, and they are now expecting a baby.
Helen previously admitted the BBC show helped her feel “liberated”. She said: “I’ve found my confidence on the dance floor.”
Discussing what the future holds for the stars, the source added: “Helen had a great time on tour. It was a fantastic group of people and they had lots of laughs.
“After it ended [last month], she went straight home to her kids then flew to Portugal for a family holiday.
“Vito went to Italy and then to Limassol, Cyprus, for some teaching sessions there. But they’re hoping to catch up when he’s back in the UK.”
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