By SARAH BULL
Loved-up: Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev, who are now 'officially an item', attended the Cirque du Soleil's press night for new show Totem
They've kept fans guessing about the status of their relationship, although their on-screen kiss may have hinted to the future.
But now Kara Tointon has finally confirmed once and for all that she is dating her Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev.
The 27-year-old actress revealed on This Morning that she spent Christmas and New Year with her new beau, and things are so far going very well.
She said: 'We are an official item now yes! And we went to LA for New Year and that was lovely... I feel very lucky that I've met someone that I'm getting on so well with.
'Christmas was lovely and Artem spent it with my family and it was really nice. They all got on really well thank God!'
The pair also enjoyed a night out when they attended the press night of Cirque du Soleil's Totem at the Royal Albert Hall.
All smiles: Kara Tointon smiled for photographers as she left the ITV studios after confirming she and Artem Chigvintsev are an official item
Wrapped up warm: Kara dressed for the weather in a layered winter outfit
During her interview on This Morning, Kara also spoke about the injuries she incurred during the final of Strictly, when she performed a dance which included a series of daring gymnastic moves.
She said: 'When I did those back flips my arm just went and at the time I had pain relief that was quite strong so I didn't feel a thing.
'So I got to go to the party that night, but didn't drink but in the morning I felt the pain and went to A&E.'
Loved-up: Kara with Artem after winning Strictly Come Dancing last year
Kara recently said she had been unsure about her romance with Artem at the beginning, because she claimed to be ‘off men’ after a painful breakup with her ex-boyfriend Joe Swash last year.
She said: ‘I said to Artem at the beginning I’m actually not dating for two years. And his face he said: ‘Oh that is a bit dramatic, isn’t it?’
But speaking about her new man, Kara added: ‘He’s just a real gentleman and I haven’t met one of those for a while.’
Kara Tointon Artem Chigvintsev Rhumba Strictly Come Dancing Week 11
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