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