Strictly's Giovanni Pernice admits he and Michelle Visage did 'fight and argue' during their time on the series following rumours of friction behind the scenes
- Michelle Visage, 51, said an emotional goodbye to her dance partner on Sunday
- The Drag Race star praised her 'rock' and 'best friend' Giovanni Pernice, 29
- The couple were the latest to leave the show after they faced AJ Pritchard, 25, and Saffron Barker, 19, in the bottom two
Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice has admitted that he and Michelle did argue during their time together on the BBC series, after she previously dismissed rumours of friction between them.
The RuPaul's Drag Race star, 51, and the professional dancer, 29, became the latest couple to be eliminated from the series on Sunday with Giovanni saying he 'loved every single second'.
Speaking after the news they would be going home, he said: 'We laugh, we cry, we fight and we argue and we’ve done everything but I’ve loved every single second.'
Squabble: Strictly's Giovanni Pernice has admitted that he and Michelle did argue during their time together on the series, after she previously dismissed rumours of friction between them
Turning to Michelle, he added: 'I think you are inspirational.'
Michelle gushed about Giovanni and said she never thought she would have been able to do so well on the show.
She said: 'At 51 years old and never danced in my life, I never thought I’d be able to do what I have done and to have such an incredible partner.
'To be here for my husband and my kids and the entire community, that’s why I did what I did. I am so honoured to be welcomed by my new friends here.
Sent home: The Drag Race star, 51, and the professional dancer, 29, became the latest couple to be eliminated from the series on Sunday with Giovanni saying he 'loved every single second'
'Obviously I couldn’t have done it without Giovanni. He has been so amazing, so transformative. Just my rock and my best friend throughout this entire competition.'
When rumous there was friction between the pair first surfaced, Michelle took to social media to dismiss them.
'The articles about my partner and I have been upsetting,’ she posted in statement. ‘If any of you know us, you know how close Giovanni and I are
Gio is my best friend in this competition, he is my rock and I trust him with everything. We have the most fun and laughs together and to suggest anything else is just sad.
'At this very moment, we are focusing on Blackpool and we are SO excited to share our magical dance with all of you!'
Giovanni said: said: 'We laugh, we cry, we fight and we argue and we’ve done everything but I’ve loved every single second'
The couple landed in the bottom two for the second time in a row and were sent home after their performance to Madonna's Vogue.
A source claimed that Michelle took her elimination from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend incredibly badly - reportedly storming off in a rage.
The Sun reported that the RuPaul’s Drag Race judge was so 'devastated' that she to snubbed fans waiting outside Blackpool's ballroom - where Saturday's episode was filmed - and was the first contestant to head back to London.
'Michelle felt like getting voted out was the final insult after getting the sense she wasn’t welcomed as much as the other stars,' the source claimed to the publication on Sunday.
'She wasn’t included on the line-up for next year’s Strictly Come Dancing tour — a snub she took personally.
'She feels let down that mainstream viewers didn’t get it. She had hoped to go all the way to the final.'
MailOnline have approached representatives for both Strictly and the star for comment.
Michelle and Giovanni were left in the bottom two with Saffron Barker, 19, and AJ Pritchard, 25, after Saturday's performance.
Not happy? A source has claimed that Michelle took her elimination from Strictly badly - reportedly storming off in a rage
She's gone: Michelle praised her 'incredible' dance partner Giovanni as she said an emotional goodbye during her shock exit
Upsetting: The Drag Race star was eliminated from the show after losing to Saffron Barker in the dance-off
But their rivals' Quickstep to Marvellous Party by Beverley Knight just scraped Saffron and AJ through into the next leg of the competition.
Addressing rumours they argued during rehearsals, Michelle added: 'He could take it as much as he could dish it, and I needed somebody like that.
'I’m going to miss seeing him every day. I would never have wanted to do this with anyone else.'
On Saturday seven celebrity couples took to the dance floor of The Blackpool Tower to compete for their place in next week's competition.
Leaving: Speaking after her elimination, Michelle gushed about her 'amazing' experience and called Giovanni her 'rock' and 'best friend'
After the bottom two couples competed in their dance off, the judges delivered their verdicts, with Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas each picking AJ and Saffron to go through.
But the decision was 'really difficult' for Craig, who said he usually knew instantly which couple he preferred.
He added: 'This doesn’t normally happen to me. This has been really, really difficult.
'One couple took all the notes on board and one couple were better. And the couple I’ve decided I would like to save is save is Saffron and AJ.'
Motsi added: 'I feel like we saw two brilliant dances. Its so, so tough this week, I have to say. But I’m going to save Saffron and AJ.'
Tragic: Despite earning praise for her Street/Commercial Couple's Choice in honour of pop icon Madonna, Michelle and Giovanni finished bottom of the leaderboard
Bruno congratulated both couples. He said: 'It’s so competitive its unbelievable.
'You both really raised the game tonight – much, much better than Saturday. And it’s very hard to decide but based on what I saw somebody I really thought nailed the dance. Right on the money. Saffron and AJ.'
Giovanni applauded his 'inspirational' and 'phenomenal' celebrity dance partner Michelle.
'I am so proud of everything we’ve done. I’m here to say thank you, thank you, thank you,' he said.
Montage: After Sunday night's instalment of Strictly Come Dancing was aired, Michelle shared a picture montage of herself with Giovanni
Statement: She also shared a statement, thanking her fans for their support, while also explaining her choice to Vogue during her appearance on the show
Following her elimination from the show, Michelle took to her Instagram account to share some of the supportive messages she'd received from fans.
She also shared a statement explaining her reasons for choosing to Vogue, stating she wanted to 'bring a part of the underground gay ballroom scene to a massive show like Strictly'.
Captioning the statement, she wrote: 'Babies, friends both new and old, I can't tell you how overwhelmed I am by your responses of love and support.
'I had the time of my life and i will NEVER forget it! THANK YOU @bbc and thank you @bbcstrictly for allowing this woman to live her dancer fantasy and to give me a platform to try to teach everyone that there is more to life than the binary.
'That we ALL need to be accepted for who we are as individuals. We have one life to live, let's do it in love and not hate..... KEEP DANCING I know I will! Thank you.' [sic]
Gratitude: As fans sent her messages of gratitude, Michelle shared a selection on Instagram
She also added a picture montage of herself and dance partner Giovanni, which she captioned: 'Ohhhhhhhh my partner @pernicegiovann1 where do I start? WE WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER! there is NO ONE I would've rather done this with than YOU.
'You are my magical Italian Virgo and I'll miss seeing your face everyday. I'll miss laughing in your face everyday. I'll miss everything about our time together but you know what? You are stuck with me for life now!
'Thank you so much for standing my by side. We helped a lot of people by doing our final dance and THAT'S what matters most. DANCING CAN CHANGE LIVES AND WE JUST DID IT ON NATIONAL TV! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH GIOOOOOOO.' [sic]
Sunday’s Results show opened with a special group dance on a grand scale for the legendary Tower Ballroom, as well a performance from Westlife performing their new single Hello My Love, as well as a medley of their hits.
The remaining six couples will take to the dancefloor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 23rd November at 7pm.
Back soon: The remaining six couples will take to the dance floor next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 23rd November at 7pm