19-year-old Tilly is the daughter of chef Gordon Ramsay and is said to have got on like a house on fire with Nikita’s other half Nicole Wirt.
Nicole, 23 recently visited the UK, and wasted no time in getting to know her boyfriend’s new dance partner and good pal Tilly.
An insider told The Sun: “When Nicole came to London she immediately visited Nikita and Tilly. They got on like a house on fire.
“There is a huge amount of trust needed when one of you is spending hours in the arms of another woman.
“Nikita and Nicole have that trust — they’ve been together for five years.”
Meanwhile, as rumours continued to swirl about Nikita and Tilly’s close friendship, Nicole said she was “stronger than I thought” in a cryptic social media post.
Writing in German on her Instagram story yesterday, she penned: “I am beautiful inside and out. I am strong and so much stronger than I ever thought. Today I can do everything that I plan to do.”
Tilly has insisted that she and Nikita are “just good friends” and has said that she sees him as more of a big brother than a potential lover.
She’s also in a relationship, having dated Seth Mack since 2019. She’s said there’s no chance of her falling victim to the Strictly Curse, which has ended and created a number of relationships over the years.
Speaking about Nikita, Tilly said: “We’re just having fun. I think people are just obsessed with the Curse but don’t seem to realise we can be just good friends. And that’s all we are. People seem to forget that. I said from the start that I am here to learn to dance and that’s it.”
Nikita also shrugged off the speculation, saying: “Whatever is being said about us, we’re focused on our own dancing and that’s what matters to us.
“We are really happy just to dance and just to have fun. It’s like two good friends met for Strictly!”
Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole is based in Germany and they’ve competed together in the country.
They first paired up on the dancefloor in August 2016 and won the first place prize in their first ever competition together in Amateur Latin.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One.