Strictly PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: David James, 49, and pro partner Nadiya Bychkova, 30, put on a VERY cosy display as they share a cuddle after rehearsals

  • The former footballer, 49, and the Ukrainian ballroom pro, 30, were pictured together following rehearsals in London on Wednesday evening
  • Appearing in great spirits, the dance duo engaged in a cosy conversation before they appeared to share a goodbye hug
  • Sportsman David's marriage to ex Tanya James ended back in 2005 and split from long-term partner Amanda Salmon a few years later
  • The ex-goalkeeper is believed to be in a new romance with a mystery female, who were first pictured together in April
  • Former Playboy model Nadia divorced fellow dancer Sergey Konovaltsev in 2015 following two years of marriage
  • The blonde has been in a relationship with footballer Matija Skarabot for over three years and share daughter, Mila, three, together
  • The media personalities are currently competing for the Glitterball against the likes of Kelvin Fletcher, Catherine Tyldesley and Michelle Visage
  • Contestants on the show are said to practice their routines during 12-hour dance rehearsals throughout the week

Strictly Come Dancing's David James and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were pictured sharing a cosy hug as they left rehearsals in London on Wednesday evening.

The former footballer, 49, and the ballroom dancer, 30, appeared in great spirits as they strolled along the streets of the English capital following a long day of refining their footwork for Saturday's live show.  

Sportsman David's marriage to ex Tanya James ended back in 2005 and split from long-term partner Amanda Salmon a few years later, while Nadia is currently in a relationship with Slovenian footballer Matija Skarabot following her divorce from husband of two years Sergey Konovaltsev in 2015. 

Close: Strictly Come Dancing's David James and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were pictured sharing a cosy hug as they left rehearsals in London on Wednesday evening

Close: Strictly Come Dancing's David James and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were pictured sharing a cosy hug as they left rehearsals in London on Wednesday evening

The co-workers engaged in a cosy conversation on departure from the dance studio, before the pair were seen resting their hands on each other's backs.

TV personalities David and Nadiya were later pictured sharing a warm embrace ahead of their fifth appearance on the BBC One series. 

Opting for comfort, the former Bristol City player donned a black tracksuit by Adidas, tied in with a sporty baseball cap and neon green trainers. 

Cosy: The former footballer, 49, and the ballroom dancer, 30, rested their hands on each other's backs as they strolled along the streets of the English capital

Cosy: The former footballer, 49, and the ballroom dancer, 30, rested their hands on each other's backs as they strolled along the streets of the English capital

Break-up: England's former goalkeeper split from long-term partner Amanda Salmon a few years after his failed marriage came to an end (pictured together in July 2009)

Break-up: England's former goalkeeper split from long-term partner Amanda Salmon a few years after his failed marriage came to an end (pictured together in July 2009)

Former wife: Sportsman David's marriage to ex Tanya James ended back in 2005, costing the star a reported £3million (pictured together in November 2002)

Former wife: Sportsman David's marriage to ex Tanya James ended back in 2005, costing the star a reported £3million (pictured together in November 2002)

Pals: The co-workers engaged in a cosy conversation on departure from the dance studio, before the pair put on a tactile display

Pals: The co-workers engaged in a cosy conversation on departure from the dance studio, before the pair put on a tactile display

Parting ways: TV personalities David and Nadiya were later pictured sharing a warm embrace ahead of their fifth appearance on the BBC One series
Casual: Opting for comfort, the Bristol City native donned a black tracksuit by Adidas, tied in with a sporty baseball cap and neon green trainers

Parting ways: TV personalities David and Nadiya were later pictured sharing a warm embrace ahead of their fifth appearance on the BBC One series

Ukrainian beauty Nadiya cut an equally casual figure as she kept warm in a black padded jacket, an oversized jumper and sheer tights. 

Similar to her pal, the blonde bombshell accessorised with a classic New York Yankees cap, and toted her belongings in a huge grey handbag.

David and former wife Tanya's split is said to have cost him a reported £3million, with the TV star declaring himself bankrupt in May 2014, after previously earning a whopping £20million from his football career.

Building a strong bond: Contestants on the show are said to practice their routines during 12-hour dance rehearsals throughout the week

Building a strong bond: Contestants on the show are said to practice their routines during 12-hour dance rehearsals throughout the week

Romance history: David and former wife Tanya's split is said to have cost the TV star a reported £3million, with David declaring himself bankrupt in May 2014
Working hard: The media personalities are currently competing for the Glitterball against the likes of Kelvin Fletcher, Catherine Tyldesley and Michelle Visage

Romance history: David and former wife Tanya's split is said to have cost the TV star a reported £3million, with David declaring himself bankrupt in May 2014

Tender display: Nadiya and David continued to cosy up to each other following their dance practice

Tender display: Nadiya and David continued to cosy up to each other following their dance practice

Reaching up: At one point, the skilled dancer went on her tiptoes as David towered over her

Reaching up: At one point, the skilled dancer went on her tiptoes as David towered over her

He later embarked in a relationship with Amanda in 2009, but parted ways a few years later. He is believed to be in a new romance with a mystery female, who he was first seen with in April in pictures obtained by The Sun.

Former Playboy model Nadia has been in a relationship with ND Primorje left back Matija for over three years and share daughter, Mila, three, together.

Strictly and David's representatives declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. MailOnline has reached out to Nadiya for further comment.  

Beaming: The co-stars appeared to share a joke as they grinned from ear-to-ear during their walk

Beaming: The co-stars appeared to share a joke as they grinned from ear-to-ear during their walk 

Happy family: Model Nadia has been in a relationship with ND Primorje footballer Matija Skarabot for over three years and share daughter, Mila, three, together (pictured in June)

Happy family: Model Nadia has been in a relationship with ND Primorje footballer Matija Skarabot for over three years and share daughter, Mila, three, together (pictured in June)

Low-key: Ukrainian beauty Nadiya cut an equally casual figure as she kept warm in a black padded jacket, an oversized jumper and sheer tights

Low-key: Ukrainian beauty Nadiya cut an equally casual figure as she kept warm in a black padded jacket, an oversized jumper and sheer tights

Less is more: Similar to her pal, the blonde bombshell accessorised with a classic New York Yankees cap, and toted her belongings in a huge grey handbag

Less is more: Similar to her pal, the blonde bombshell accessorised with a classic New York Yankees cap, and toted her belongings in a huge grey handbag

See you soon! The pair bid adieu ahead of another long day of rehearsals

See you soon! The pair bid adieu ahead of another long day of rehearsals

Earlier this month, David shut down rumours of falling victim to the so-called Strictly curse. 

Competing on Strictly requires hard work and often draws competitors away from their families, creating rifts between loved ones. This phenomenon is known as the Strictly curse and has led to several divorces and breakups. 

A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show's inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, Louise and Jamie Redknapp, and more recently Neil and Katya Jones.

The show is also responsible for forming new romances, with lovebirds Giovanni Pernice and  Ashley Roberts and Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell embarking on romances following the 2018 series.   

Sharing his thoughts on the claims, the BT Sport pundit told The Mirror: 'My view is that, in life itself, if two people are attracted to each other then something might happen, and it doesn’t need to be Strictly that causes that. 

'Nadiya is a fantastic teacher, I want to be a fantastic student, but we’re on Strictly Come Dancing, not Love Island or some other show where people get themselves together 

As I said, I think the chemistry between the two of us is perfect because we know what we’re here for and we’re enjoying the process, even though being in the dance-off isn’t fun. If that’s what it looks like then we’re happy.'

The pair kicked off the dance series with an average 17 out of 40 points, before landing the lowest score of the evening the following week.

Bouncing back with a mere 16 points in week 3, the dancers achieved their highest score in week 4 with 28 points.

'We're not on Love Island': Earlier this month, David shut down rumours of falling victim to the so-called Strictly curse

'We're not on Love Island': Earlier this month, David shut down rumours of falling victim to the so-called Strictly curse

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Average stint: The pair kicked off the series with an average 17 out of 40 points, before landing the lowest score of the evening the following week (pictured earlier this month)

Average stint: The pair kicked off the series with an average 17 out of 40 points, before landing the lowest score of the evening the following week (pictured earlier this month)

Strictly Come Dancing: David James and Nadiya Bychkova cuddle

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