Strictly’s Maisie Smith admits flirting with HRVY after ‘instant connection’

Maisie Smith is not ruling out a romance with singer HRVY, after she admitted that sparks instantly flew between the pair.

The stars are currently competing against one another on this year's season of Strictly Come Dancing and both harbour hopes of being crowned the champion.

Maisie, 19, and 21-year-old HRVY, whose real name is Harvey Leigh Cantwell, have been exchanging some flirtatious messages over social media but have always protested they are just friends.

Now, EastEnders actress Maisie has revealed she is enjoying getting to know the chart-topper, famed for his hit singles including Hasta Luego.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, Maisie said: "It's a weird one. We get along so well – there was an instant connection between us – and I knew straight away that we would be friends."

She went on to say: "Yes, there's been 'flanter' [flirty banter], but I think it's platonic."

Maisie who has appeared in the infamous Strictly dance-off went on to reveal that while they have been flirting, she has no time for romance.

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"We have such a laugh and, of course, there has been a bit of flirting, but it's been harmless.

"I've not been thinking about boys at the moment. I haven't had time, I've been liking getting to know him," she admitted.

After being probed on the future of their relationship, Maisie went on to suggest that she hasn't ruled anything out.

"I think it would depend on how we did it," she told the publication.

While Maisie enjoys their flirtatious banter, she added that right now she would say "no" in a bid to maintain their friendship before suggesting she doesn't want to ruin their current relationship.

Her bombshell confessions come as the rumour mill continues to swirl around the pair after they were seen leaving the Strictly studio in high spirits just minutes after one another.

In accordance with the current social distancing guidelines, the pair remained two meters away from one another at all times.

Speaking about the speculation, HRVY has previously said: "Not a lot can really happen between us because we have to be two meters apart, but I am a little excited to see how things blossom."

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this Saturday.

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