Were Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean a couple?

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have been skating partners and good friends for decades, but were they ever a couple?

The duo are back on the screens tonight (Friday January 1st) for Dancing On Thin Ice, a new ITV documentary in which they go hunting for wild ice in Alaska.

Their goal is to skate their legendary bolero, the routine that gave them a perfect result at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo.


Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold at the 1984 Olympics (Photo Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

Were Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean ever a couple?

No, they were never in a relationship, although the duo have admitted to having a brief romance.

When the two discussed Piers Morgan’s life stories in 2013, they revealed that they had shared a kiss as teenagers.

Read more: Torvill and Dean dance on thin ice: The skating duo discusses the ’emotional’ end performance

They said it was 1975 when Jayne was 17 and Christopher was 16. However, they claim they were never really a couple.

In a chat with Radio timesJayne stated that it “just happened” and insisted that it was “one time”.

She told the website, “We were in the back of the bus going to a league game and it just happened. It was unique. We never talked about it after that. We laugh about it now. “

Jayne and Chris talk about being best friends in Dancing On Thin Ice – and their relationship today is much like “brother and sister”.


The duo are back on screens for Dancing On Thin Ice (Image credit: Wingspan Productions / ITV)

Is Christopher Dean still with Karen Barber?

Christopher is not married but has a long-term relationship with ice dancer Karen Barber.

The couple reportedly started dating in 2011 after getting closer to Dancing On Ice. Karen was a judge on the ITV show from 2006 to 2011.

We were in the back of the bus going to a league game and it just happened. It was unique.

Before Karen, Christopher was married twice – first to Isabelle Duchesnay from 1991 to 1993 and then to Jill Trenary from 1994 to 2010.

He has two sons from his second marriage – Jack (22) and Sam (20).


Christopher Dean and longtime partner Karen Barber (Photo Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

Who is Jayne Torville’s husband and does she have children?

Jayne is now happily married to Phil Christensen, with whom she tied the knot in 1990.

Read more: Torvill and Dean reject the intimacy between skaters on Dancing On Ice as a “curse”.

Phil, an American, is a sound engineer. He and Jayne have two adopted children – Kieran, 18, and Jessica, 14.

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