Strictly: John Whaite thanks partner Paul for his support
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John Whaite, 31, has been with his graphic designer fiancé Paul Atkins for over 10 years, with the relationship going from strength to strength. Paul does not follow John’s Strictly partner Johannes Radebe, 34, on Instagram, leading to a lot of speculation about the social media.
He’s been feeding me and putting me to bed.
Paul leads a very private life, away from the spotlight, and is following 2,015 accounts on Instagram.
Surprisingly, Johannes is not one of these accounts, unlike other celebrity pairings this year.
Express.co.uk has seen that Johannes is not currently in Paul’s list of followers.
Giovanna Fletcher follows her husband Tom’s partner Amy Dowden, while Adam Peaty’s girlfriend Eirianeed Munro follows Katya Jones.
Social media influencer Maura Higgins also follows her pro dancer boyfriend Giovanni Pernice’s Strictly partner Rose Ayling-Ellis.
Express.co.uk have contacted a representative for John Whaite for comment.
The speculation of Paul’s unhappiness with John’s Strictly pairing came after viewers watched The Great British Bake Off winner’s first dance last Saturday.
John and Johannes wowed judges with their sexy rendition of the Tango and scored a huge 30 out of 40.
When the pair spoke to host Claudia Winkleman after their performance, the presenter asked John about his fiancé.
She said: “He has supported you throughout, he has been amazing and he is in the audience.”
The camera then went to Paul, who had a very stern look on his face, according to The Sun, while everyone else around him was smiling.
John said: “He’s sat there with my friend John, he’s been drying my sweat, he’s been feeding me and putting me to bed.”
Once John started talking and Paul realised the camera was on him, he started to grin.
John added: “He has just been an absolute rock, so thank you for being there Paul.”
The chemistry between the Strictly pairing was also noticed by viewers of the show.
On Twitter, Splatt84 said: “Soooooo powerful, dramatic and the chemistry was amazing.” (sic)
Monikasaha added: “Every second of this was *electric*. Congratulations both!.”
The GBBO star has made history this year as part of the show’s first ever all male couple.
The pairing have shown a lot of promise, with tough judge Craig Revel Horwood admitting the only issue he spotted was the positioning of John’s thumb in his first performance.
John won the third series of The Great British Bake Off in 2012, and has since worked as a television presenter and author.
He has also had a weekly cooking slot on ITV’s Lorraine, and co-presented on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
John’s Strictly partner, Johannes, joined Strictly in 2018, but has yet to take the Glitterball home.
You can watch Strictly Come Dancing tonight at 7pm.
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