The Strict Curse has a good reputation, but some genuine love stories have emerged from it.
Dianne Buswell and her partner Joe Sugg prove that it can also work off the dance floor!
The pair met four years ago when they worked together on the BBC One show and were second only to Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton –
another Strictly love story. And as we catch up with Dianne, 33, it’s clear her relationship with Joe is only going from strength to strength.
Describing him as “one of a kind,” she gushed, “Joe is like my little rock. He’s so supportive – we’re each other’s rock. He’s so busy with his work and I’m so busy with mine, but when we’re finally together after our crazy days, it’s so nice.”
And Dianne says that despite their hectic work schedules, they always make time for each other.
“Even though we’re sometimes apart for weeks because I’m on tour or he’s working, we both have so much respect for each other’s work that it’s so easy and relaxed,” she says. “He’s amazing, I couldn’t do it without him and vice versa.”
How do they keep their spark alive? It all stems from date nights, Dianne tells us. “We make sure our times together are always scheduled so we know when we’re going to be back together,” she says. “He always says that absence makes the heart beat faster – and it really does.”
When we ask Dianne if she might be expecting an engagement ring anytime soon, she tells us, “I can’t answer that!”
However, it is clear that she is in the relationship for the long term. “Obviously I’d like to be with Joe forever, so whether we get married or not, as long as we’re together I’m happy,” she says.
Dianne is currently hard at work on the Strictly Tour – and she tells us it’s “amazing” to be back in front of an audience.
“The cast of Strictly has been like my family since I moved here,” she says. “Sometimes I can’t believe how close we are.”
And it’s not just the pros who love the show – four years later, Joe still loves to dance.
“He [Joe] actually came to the Strictly tour the other night and at intermission I caught him in the dressing room with his arms in his ballroom and I was like, ‘Are you practicing your dance in front of the mirror?!’ He said, ‘Yeah, does it look good?’ It was so fun,” laughs Dianne.
“So we still dance, especially when we see dancing together. He loves it and he’s very good at it I have to say. His ballroom has improved by leaps and bounds.”
When asked about collaborating again on future projects, Dianne says, “Yes, we definitely have a lot of ideas in the pipeline. It just finds the time for us at the moment. But there are definitely ideas.”
Last year, Dianne was dating peep show actor Robert Webb. Unfortunately, her trip to the competition was cut short as Robert had to cancel due to health reasons.
Looking back, the Australian native says: “You never want to leave a competition – you want to stay until the end. But obviously Robert had to take care of himself and it was a perfectly valid reason that he left the show.”
Dianne now has “a fire in her stomach” for the next series. “One thing I’ve learned from Strictly is that you never know what partner you’re going to get, you never know what’s going to happen, what the audience is going to love and what they might not like as much. You just have to take the good with the bad with Strictly and enjoy each and every week as it comes,” she admits.
While she’s excited to return as one of the professional dancers, she says she’s open to new opportunities in the future.
“I’d like to do some other brand new stuff,” she admits. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy to continue with Strictly, but I love trying new things.
“Right now I’m very happy with where I am and what I’m doing. I couldn’t think of not dancing, but never say never!”
Dianne just teamed up with deodorant brand Sure to prove she’s up for a challenge. She and partner Pasquale La Rocca danced non-stop 12.6 km over two hours and 12 minutes, setting a new Guinness World Record for longest dance distance by a couple.
“I found the research on how many people are turned off from exercise because of sweat and smell concerns really interesting. And it’s amazing that Sure 72-hour non-stop protection keeps people from feeling unsafe,” she says. “If it can give someone a little more courage to get out there and exercise and make them feel happy in their own skin, I’m all for it!”
- Dianne relied on Sure’s new 72H Nonstop Protection antiperspirant to protect her from sweat and odor during her record attempt.