Nadiya Bychkova has opened up about her relationship with ex-goalkeeper David James whom she was partnered with during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing .

The Ukrainian dancer was linked to the footballer during their time on the BBC One show last year, though James was quick to deny these claims.

It came after the dance duo were pictured sharing a hug following rehearsals in October, prompting chat on social media their friendship had developed to something more.

Addressing their 'chemistry', Nadia said it was important for fireworks on the dancefloor.

“If there are rumours of a romance between us, we must be going in the right direction because that's how it should look,” she told the Sun.

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And despite the Strictly curse having a hefty track record of breaking up notable couples in the past, Nadiya insists the pair have been nothing but “good friends” during their stint on the show.

She explained: "You have to have chemistry. Chemistry is important on the dance floor. But it doesn't always mean that something is going on off-camera.

"I've been linked to all of my dance partners and some in-between as well. To be honest, I don't really see it as a curse that some people get together on the show. There is a strong chance it will happen. But I'm happy with Matija, so that situation doesn't affect me."

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Nadiya did admit that spending “so much time” with James proved to be difficult for her fiancé Matija Skarabot.

Nadiya and her footballer beau – who share their three-year-old daughter Mila – are set to tie the knot later this year.

And although Strictly brought some hardships to their relationship during the testing time, she admits her fiancé has been nothing but “supportive” as he “knows the truth”.

She explained: “Matija meets all my partners and he's around on the show, so he knows exactly how it is. Matija is a very calm and relaxed person, and he copes because he knows me well.”

Playboy model Nadiya went on to praise David for doing “an amazing job” in the dance competition despite him being eliminated in the early stages.

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