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Dancing With The Stars couple hid their romance for almost three months

Matthew MacNabb began a romance with his pro-dance partner on the RTE show.
Clodagh Meaney

Dancing with The Stars couple Matthew MacNabb and Laura Nolan hid their romance for almost three months.

Speaking with RSVP Live, former Love Island star Matthew said their romance began during the first week of Dancing With The Stars.

"It was on week one. I am a smooth operator when I want to be [laughs]. We got on instantly, we connected very well. One thing led to another for us."

The Down man said that they didn’t confirm speculation around their romance as they wanted to keep it under wraps during the show.

"Basically, the way we wanted to do it is that we wanted to keep it private because we didn't want to make it [the Dancing with the Stars journey] about us.”

Matthew Mac Nabb and Laura Nolan on Dancing With The Stars.

Matthew Mac Nabb and Laura Nolan on Dancing With The Stars.

"We wanted to make it about being on the show and it would have been unfair on the other contestants.”

"Also, I wanted to belittle the relationship in a way because I didn't know if it was going to work,” he continued.

"Obviously the more time we spent together it changed and I think when I kissed her on the dancefloor, I was just like 'yes'."

The pair shared a kiss on live TV during the semi-final of the show.

However it was not their first, as Matthew revealed how he planned out the couple’s first kiss while they were rehearsing for the show.

“It was in the training studio for rehearsals,” he said. “We were doing a dance move and I had it in my mind about what I was going to do."

Following their stint on the show, Laura visited MacNabb’s hometown of Downpatrick where the pair visited Matthew’s former primary school.

The couple then jetted to the United States where they enjoyed a holiday together in California before attending Matthew’s sister’s wedding in Florida.


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