The Strictly professional dancer, 33, and the Sherlock actress, 51, were partnered in the latest series of the dancing show, but weeks after the competition ended rumours began to whir about a behind-the-scenes clash between the pair.
Amanda quit Strictly after missing their week five performance due to ‘medical reasons’, claiming the exit was down to ‘personal reasons’.
But in her farewell message – in which she described working with fellow contestants an ‘absolute joy’ and dubbed the production team ‘incredible’ – she did not mention her partner Giovanni.
Now, Giovanni has spoken out about the recent headlines while talking to Alex Jones on The One Show this evening.
When asked about what kind of Strictly teacher he is, Giovanni replied: ‘I’m definitely a perfectionist, like every other competitor I like to win.’
Giovanni Pernice and Amanda Abbington were paired for the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA)
On tonight’s The One Show, he admitted to being a ‘perfectionist’ and said Strictly is a ‘tough job’ (Picture: BBC)
He continued: ‘But for me its all about getting the best out of my partner, especially if I see there is talent there. I want to do my job properly.’
‘I think like everyone, you train your life to be the best, and when you’re on Strictly you’ve only got one week,’ he said, waving towards Alex, pointing out how she would know, having been on the show before.
‘You would have cried if you’d got me, you would have been like, “Well, what’s the point?”‘ she joked in response.
The professional dancer continued: ‘The point is, you’ve got four days to create a new dance, to put it to music, to try to teach the technique, plus all the other interviews you have to do in the week.’
He concluded: ‘It’s a tough job to do for sure.’
It was claimed Giovanni was ‘annoyed’ following Amanda’s exit from the dancing show, as it was reported he only heard about it from a BBC producer hours before the news broke to the world.
At the time, Metro.co.uk contacted Giovanni’s representatives, who said: ‘This story is nonsense.’
Amanda has never directly addressed the speculation but earlier this month she revealed she was diagnosed with PTSD and received death threats after Strictly, which came as reports claimed she was ‘left broken and saddened’ by her experience on the BBC show.
The source also claimed at the start of the year that the Mr Selfridge actress had requested video footage of her rehearsals with Giovanni and was seeking legal advice.
They claimed she was ‘really stressed by having to spend eight hours a day with Giovanni’ and ‘spent a lot of time crying’, while describing Giovanni as a ‘perfectionist’ who can be ‘incredibly full-on.’
The One Show airs weeknights at 7pm on BBC One.
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