Back at the end of the summer, Joe Sugg was entertaining his 8.2 million YouTube followers with his usual pranks and silliness, unaware of the romance rumours that would be circling around him just a matter of months later.
There has been much made about the Strictly curse but there was little to suggest that ‘ThatcherJoe’ would find a partner in love as well on the dancefloor.
When he was paired with Australian dancer, Dianne Buswell, she was in a relationship with a soap star and all Joe could think about was where he was going to put his left foot next and hope he doesn’t get a tongue lashing from the Strictly judges.
Fast forward to December and the 27-year-old YouTuber has grown closer to Dianne, 29, and the pair are loving each other’s company.
This is how Joe met Dianne and how their budding romance blossomed;
August – Joe Sugg becomes the fourth contestant announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2018
September 8 – Dianne Buswell is revealed as Joe’ partner when Strictly returns to TV.
September 22 – Joe is first seen hand-in-hand with Dianne as the pair dance together for the first time in the live shows.
September – Joe shared pictures of Dianne online, saying that he, "couldn’t be happier."
September – Joe and Dianne start attending parties together during London Fashion week. By now, they are posting pictures on social media with their arms draped around one another.
October 10 – The dynamic of Joe and Dianne’s dance coupling changes. The Aussie dancer reveals she has split from her actor boyfriend Anthony Quinlan.
She had an on-off relationship with the Emmerdale actor but, "due to their busy schedules and distance they have split but still remain really close friends.”
With this, a source said that, "backstage [Joe and Dianne] are inseparable even when they are not rehearsing."
They also said that when they are sitting on sofas together, "their legs often intertwine and they are very tactile with each other.”
October 20 – Joe and Dianne are even more comfortable in each other’s company, posting a number of videos on Instagram that show the pair are full of smiles and larking around.
October 25 – Joe is playing it cool as romance rumours are whipped up. He says, "No, I don’t think so. I haven’t got time," when asked if him and Dianne were dating. He did confirm that they would remain ‘friends’ after Strictly comes to an end.
October 26 – The pair are ‘inseparable’ and there are reports that they are spending every waking moment together, even after rehearsals. A source said: “Joe has even been inviting Dianne back to his house and they have been staying up to all hours chatting and hanging out."
October 29 – Joe and Dianne are spotted getting cosy, after they are seen sneaking back to Joe’s London flat after having a ‘secret date’.
October 31 – Dianne calls Joe her "boyfriend" in a video posted on social media.
November 3 – Joe’s friend, singer Conor Maynard, urges him to hook up with Dianne and make it official.
November – As the pair get further in the Strictly process, Joe and Dianne are spending more than 13 hours a day together.
November 22 – Dianne cannot keep her eyes off of Joe during an appearance on Strictly spin-off show, It Takes Two. Her ‘look of love’ dominates the headlines.
November 24 – Joe hits back at reports that the pair were ‘snogging like teenagers’ after the Strictly week in Blackpool. He says he ‘hasn’t got time’ for romance.
November – Strictly host Tess Daly ‘confirms’ the relationship as she says that Dianne is ‘showing off’ Joe, as they wait for the judges critique.
December 5 – Joe takes a different stance and now refuses to deny his coupling with Dianne.
December – Dianne takes a two-night stay at Joe’s flat, as the rehearsing intensifies.
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