Strictly 2023 star Amanda Abbington has addressed rumours of a “feud” with Giovanni Pernice in an expletive-filled video posted to Instagram today (September 23).
Last night, it was reported that the show was in chaos after Amanda threatened to quit due to her pro partner’s “aggressive behaviour” during training.
The news came ahead of Strictly‘s first live show of the series this evening. However, now Amanda has set the record straight.
Strictly 2023 in chaos after star ‘threatened to quit’
With just hours to go until the first live show of the series, it was reported that one of the celebrities had threatened to quit the show. The star was reportedly unhappy with her partner’s “militant” attitude to training.
The celebrity in question is former Sherlock star, Amanda Abbington. She has been paired up with former Strictly champ, Giovanni Pernice. However, escalated tensions between the pair have reportedly become the talk of backstage ahead of tonight’s show.
Speaking to The Sun, a source explained that Giovanni takes the show “very, very seriously”.
Strictly 2023 star Amanda to quit?
Speaking to the publication, the source continued: “Sometimes his manner is incredibly brusque and this can upset his partners. Amanda was really looking forward to dancing with him, but has found his aggressive training style and attitude pretty difficult to handle.”
“He is quite militant in his approach to training. She’s been left very shaken, and has liaised with her team about quitting,” they then said.
“It has become far more stressful than she ever imagined and at the moment things between them are incredibly tense. That being said — and somewhat ironically — they actually dance very well together. The hope is they talk things through and wave the white flag,” they then added.
However, since reports emerged of tension between the pair, Amanda and Giovanni have seemingly put on a united front on Instagram.
Giovanni and Amanda put on united front?
Taking to Instagram last night, Amanda uploaded a snap of herself smiling during rehearsals.
“The smile you give your pro partner at the end of the camera rehearsal when you know you are in safe and hugely talented hands…@giovannipernice ya legend. See you all tomorrow,” she captioned the snap.
Sharing Amanda’s story to his own, Giovanni also paid sweet tribute to his celebrity partner.
“I usually don’t say those things early (as probably everybody know) but I’m extremely proud of you and I can’t wait for people to watch what we have created,” he wrote. Amanda then shared Giovanni’s touching words on her story.
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Today, Amanda addressed the alleged “feud” in an Instagram video when she arrived at Strictly HQ.
“Ignoring the [bleep] because clearly people are [bleep]s,” she said. Amanda added: “Just stop it, stop it, grow up. No one gives a [bleep]. Shut up, it’s [bleep], so [bleep] off.”
ED! has contacted Amanda and Giovanni’s reps for comment. The BBC declined to comment when approached for comment.
Strictly airs tonight (Saturday, September 23) at 6.15 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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