12 January 2020 22:39
Kevin Kilbane and his skating partner Brianne Delcourt confirmed their romance just last week. And the 42-year-old footballer couldn't resist gushing over his new relationship with the glamorous ice-skating pro, 38, during Sunday night's episode of Dancing On Ice, which saw them take to the ice together for the first time. Admitting there was added 'pressure' to perform well after the news out their romance was made public, Kevin enthused they had 'a lot of chemistry' and said he 'couldn't be happier'. Going public: Kevin Kilbane enthused about his new relationship with Brianne Delcourt during Sunday night's episode of Dancing On Ice, which saw them take to the ice together for the first time (pictured together right with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, left) Viewers also watched Kevin gush about his new relationship with his skating partner Brianne ahead of performing their first routine on the show to Mr Blue Sky. In a joint interview with OK! magazine last week, the pair revealed they quickly became best friends and in the four month preparation ahead of the live shows, romance blossomed.
'Bri and I have a lot in common, a lot of chemistry,' Kevin said in his VT. 'We have hit it off. There has been a bit of attention in the papers. There's a bit of pressure. I'm delighted. I couldn't be happier.' Smitten: Kevin enthused they had 'a lot of chemistry' and said he 'couldn't be happier' Under pressure: The footballer admitted there was added 'pressure' to perform well after the news out their romance was made public And it wasn't long until Holly quizzed the couple about their fledgling relationship, while Phil cringed. 'Most people want to win the title, you're going home with a whole lot more. You're a tough teacher, how is it going?' she said. Brianne said: 'I'm definitely the boss on the ice. I allow him to be the boss at home' The pair earned 18 points out of 40 and Ashley Banjo commented on their 'great chemistry' in his feedback. 'You have good chemistry, good footie skills. Brianne I can see you're the boss on the ice.' Kevin has two daughters with his ex-wife Laura, who he split from in 2011 after 12 years of marriage. Solid first performance: The pair earned 18 points out of 40 and Ashley Banjo commented on their 'great chemistry' in his feedback The pair tied the knot when Kevin was just 22 and he has blamed the split on the couple being 'naive' about settling down at such a young age. He told the Daily Record: 'I was very young. 'At that particular time, it felt right for me but as time moves on it probably isn't that way. Meanwhile, Brianne - who has also dated three former contestants - said she used to be a 'party girl', but is now ready to settle down. Settled: Brianne said having her daughter Gracie, now three, changed her temperament as she used to be a 'party girl', but now wants 'contentment and to settle down' Brianne previously romanced her past celebrity partners Matt Lapinskas, Sam Attwater and Danny Young who was partnered with Frankie Poultney. However, she insisted that Kevin isn't part of a pattern, telling OK! magazine: ''There is no comparison of Kevin to the guys I used to date. 'He's perfect and my best friend. Kevin has all the boxes checked for what I'm looking for in my life.' Brianne raises daughter Gracie, now three, who is currently staying in Canada with family. Kevin has yet to meet Brianne's little girl, but the blonde has already been introduced to his daughters, 16-year-old Elsie and 14-year-old Isla. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from DevonLive - Weekend Report Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Former footballer Kevin Kilbane and Dancing on Ice co-star Brianne Delcourt have spilled the beans on their blossoming romance after confirming they are a couple. Love is in the air for the pair, who are starring in the hit ITV show together from tonight. Ex-football player Kilbane has also spoken of his secret split from his wife in a revealing interview, The Mirror reports. Brianne said in a separate interview with OK! Magazine that she and her skate partner began as simply "best buds" after being paired together for the show. But she revealed: "We were just friends initially, but he's been my biggest support while I've been without my daughter. He's been my best bud." (Image: ITV) Former Everton, Hull City and Republic of Ireland star Kilbane added: "There was an attraction with Brianne the first time I met her. But it was way more than that. Kilbane has two daughters with his ex-wife, Laura. The couple were married for 12 years but split up in 2011, which he kept secret for several years. The 42-year-old has blamed the split on the couple being "naive" and settling down too young – after marrying when he was just 22 after four years together. "It's difficult to talk about now because we're not together, which you probably don't know," he previously told the Daily Record. "I'm not with Laura, I've not been for two-and-a-half years. So it's a difficult one. "I was very young. When you do things like that you get swept up in emotions. Looking back now, I probably would change it. "At that particular time, it felt right for me but as time moves on it probably isn't that way. Again, I was very young, very naive. "When I moved to Hull in 2009, I was on the road a lot. I was away three and four nights a week. Then I was away on international duty for Ireland 10 and 15 days at a time. "That's what put pressure on our relationship. That's probably why we ended up splitting up."