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Dancing On Ice’s Amber Davies opens up about her romantic emotions for stage co-star Ben

TONIGHT she’ll be getting up shut and private with a Canadian hunk in entrance of tens of millions of viewers.

However there’s no probability of a romance between Amber Davies and her Dancing On Ice accomplice Simon Proulx-Sénécal, as a result of her coronary heart lies firmly elsewhere.

Dancing On Ice’s Amber Davies has opened up about her romance with a West Finish co-actorCredit score: Mark Hayman

Amber has been relationship Ben Joyce since 2022Credit score: Photograph by David M. Benett/Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Photos

She’s been relationship her West Finish co-star Ben Joyce for simply over a yr and Amber couldn’t be happier.

“Ben and I grew to become associates first – none of my earlier relationships have began that manner,” says Amber, 27.

“So I fell in love together with his thoughts earlier than anything.

“He’s the kindest soul. He brightens up any room he walks into – he has that energy. And he places me earlier than himself each single time, going above and past. He’s one in one million.”

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When former Love Island winner Amber landed a starring position as Lorraine Baines in Again To The Future: The Musical in 2022, she had no concept how a lot the present was about to vary her life.

Inside weeks of becoming a member of the solid, a real-life fairy story started to blossom behind the scenes, and Amber and Ben, 23, lastly confessed their emotions for one another throughout an evening out at London members’ membership Soho Home.

They’d been “joined on the hip” earlier than then, however neither had plucked up the braveness to say out loud how they felt.

“It was a sluggish burner,” says Amber.

“He’s since informed me that he thought he’d by no means have an opportunity with me, so he by no means introduced it up. It was me who talked about it first. I stated: ‘I believe I fancy you!’ and he was like: ‘Oh my god, me too!’

“I used to be frightened, as a result of I believed if this went fallacious we have been dedicated to working collectively for an additional yr. It may have turned out actually bitter. However he’s the kind of individual I could possibly be round 24/7 and never get bored. It was so pure and like nothing I’d ever skilled earlier than. The chemistry and the strain between us was intense.”

Amber’s earlier relationships have been high-profile – her romance with fellow Love Islander Kem Cetinay ended six months after the present wrapped, then she went on to have a two-year on/off romance with businessman Nick Kyriacou.

However she says she’s by no means skilled the form of contentment and safety she’s discovered with Ben, who performed her on-stage son Marty McFly.

“He doesn’t make me really feel arduous to like and I’ve by no means had that earlier than. Ever. I’m comfortable that I’ve skilled a few of the relationships I’ve had up to now, as a result of now all I need is somebody to be form to me. Somebody who likes me as an individual and desires to be with me.

“We’re the female and male variations of one another, however initially, he’s my finest good friend. I really feel like the celebrities fell in line once I met him – he’s all the pieces I need in a accomplice and the very best factor that’s ever occurred to me.”

Amber provides that family and friends have observed an enormous distinction in her since she met Ben.

He has given her confidence and self-belief and helped settle her anxieties.

“They suppose I’m fully totally different since being with him. I’m rather a lot much less on edge. I’m calmer, extra relaxed, not so frantic. I’m simply content material in all features and Ben has actually balanced that out for me.

“The connection I’ve obtained with myself has modified. I will be unapologetically me. I really feel like I like who I’m now, as a result of he’s proven me that it’s straightforward.”

Though Amber left Again To The Future final summer season to affix the touring manufacturing of Fairly Girl: The Musical – whereas Ben remains to be starring as Marty – absence has solely made the guts develop fonder.

They went from being collectively 24/7 to hardly seeing one another, however Amber reckons they’re stronger for it.

“Our relationship did an entire 180, however that’s felt like a brand new chapter and we obtained used to our new regular. We had such basis that we didn’t suppose twice about it. And what helps is that we dwell collectively, so we’ve the identical base.”

Though she’s clearly smitten with Ben, professional skater Simon could be very a lot the opposite man in her life, and the 2 of them have developed an in depth friendship since ice coaching started late final yr.

“That is Simon’s first yr on Dancing On Ice and I like that we’re experiencing this for the primary time collectively. He’s a improbable trainer. I couldn’t think about doing it with anyone else,” she says.

She admits she’s been barely over-awed by the expertise to date – Amber has a background in dance, however doing it on a pair of skates is a completely totally different matter.

When she first began coaching, she informed mentors Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean that she needed to aim the well-known “headbanger” transfer in  the primary week.

It includes the male accomplice spinning the feminine spherical by her ankles, whereas elevating her up and down so her head comes inside inches of the ice. 

“Effectively, you’d finest imagine that’s not taking place,” says Amber immediately.

“I’m nowhere close to that but. I’ve been shocked at how arduous it’s! In the beginning, I watched some clips on YouTube – they make it look really easy. However once I obtained on the ice, I used to be like Bambi.

“My mum and pa would by no means let me go ice skating once I was little, as a result of they thought it was too harmful, so I’ve solely skated a handful of occasions in my life, and that was all earlier than I used to be 13.

“It’s in all probability probably the most difficult factor I’ve performed in my life.”

The brand new sequence marks a return to actuality TV for Amber after a virtually seven-year absence.

Since successful Love Island in 2017, she has been cautious about her job selections, acutely aware of the necessity to earn the respect of the theatre trade, but in addition as a result of she says she’s not made for the cruel world of actuality TV.

“I promised myself after Love Island that I used to be by no means going to do a actuality present once more, as I don’t have the persona for it. There are massive brash personalities on the market who’re excellent for it, however that’s simply not me.

“What I like about Dancing On Ice is that it mixes the 2 worlds of TV and expertise. It’s a possibility that received’t come round once more and I couldn’t flip it down.

“It’s coming as much as seven years since I’ve been on telly, so I’d love for folks to see who I’m now. Hopefully I’ve grown up! I do really feel like a very totally different individual and I need folks to see that.”

There’s little question that Amber has labored her socks off to fulfil her childhood dream of creating it in musical theatre.

Behind the success of the previous few years is a lifetime of dedication and sacrifice, together with a transfer from Wales to London on the age of 16 to take up a scholarship on the Urdang Academy.

Amber’s older sister Jade can also be a performer and at present touring the UK within the musical Depraved, and each relied on the assistance of bursaries to fund their coaching.

Their mum Sue is an NHS psychological well being nurse and pa Hefin a plumber, and so they may by no means have been in a position to afford it in any other case.

 “Except you get funding which, fortunately, my sister and I did, there would have been no probability,” says Amber.

“However that is all I’ve ever recognized ever since I used to be a younger woman. I didn’t have a typical childhood. I wasn’t going out enjoying with my associates – each day after faculty, I used to be doing ballet or musical theatre classes, so in my thoughts there was no different possibility for me.

“Transferring to London at 16 appears wild now. However I knew what I needed in life, so it was a no brainer. I had a intestine feeling that I used to be going to be OK. Being on this trade is a marathon. It’s eight exhibits every week and it’s robust. However as a result of I’m skilled, I’ve obtained that self-discipline and I’ll all the time give 110% to all the pieces I do.”

After graduating in 2016, Amber received Love Island a yr later, then her massive break got here in 2019 when she was solid as Judy Bernly in 9 To five The Musical, alongside Louise Redknapp, who she now counts as one in every of her closest associates.

Her roof-raising performances received reward from the critics and put paid to any whispers of her being employed for her profile reasonably than her expertise.

“Folks ask if it was strategic to do Love Island, however it truthfully wasn’t. I used to be 20 and it was a big gamble as a result of I wasn’t getting every other job in musical theatre. It kick-started issues, however it was on me to work arduous and commit, and present folks that I used to be severe about this.”

Profitable the position of Vivian Ward in Fairly Girl: The Musical, the half made well-known by Julia Roberts within the iconic 1991 film, is testomony to how far she’s come.

Amber was unsuccessful when she first auditioned for it 5 years in the past and, on the time, was crushed.

Nevertheless, with hindsight she accepts it will have been too quickly.

Amber has been cast as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical

Amber has been solid as Vivian Ward in Fairly Girl: The MusicalCredit score: Mark Hayman

“I used to be 22 and I do know now that I’d by no means have been in a position to deal with it. It in all probability would have damaged my confidence as a result of it will have been too massive.

“I imagine that all the pieces occurs for a purpose, and I believe I used to be all the time meant to get the half in my late 20s. That is what I’ve been working for. Vivian is such an enormous duty. I don’t depart the stage for 2 and a half hours, which pushes me as a vocalist, however I find it irresistible a lot.”

 As a seasoned stage performer, Amber is greater than conscious of the nice singalong debate that’s been raging all yr, ever since unruly members of The Bodyguard: The Musical viewers have been requested to go away after becoming a member of in with I Will At all times Love You.

To sing or to not sing? “Completely not,” says Amber.

“There are two varieties of folks: theatre folks and non-theatre folks. The individuals who say they’ve paid X quantity for a ticket and subsequently will sing after they need to, I can’t relate to in any respect. There have been occasions once I’ve been on stage and I can hear folks singing within the viewers and it’s like: ‘Please simply allow us to do our jobs’. It ruins the expertise for everybody. It’s like a soccer fan working on to the pitch in the midst of a match, saying: ‘Let me take this shot!’”

Has she observed a decline within the etiquette of audiences?

Some London theatres are reportedly contemplating eradicating telephones resulting from persistent points with folks taking pictures and movies throughout performances.

“Truthfully, we see all of it,” says Amber.

“Folks filming on their telephones has been occurring for years now. It comes all the way down to primary respect, doesn’t it? Respect to the performers on that stage, to the backstage crew and the opposite folks within the viewers.

“The silver lining is that the theatre neighborhood has come out combating. We are going to help one another till the cows come house, and it has proven how a lot we actually do have one another’s backs.”

Over the following couple of months, Amber might be taking a brief break from Fairly Girl to give attention to Dancing On Ice, however with the tour persevering with by way of to the autumn, she has a busy 2024 forward. After that, does Broadway beckon?

“I’d like to get to Broadway, perhaps earlier than I’m 30. I’d additionally love to do some tv. I did Virtually By no means [on CBBC] with Kimberly Wyatt and Aston Merrygold in lockdown and I’d love to offer that one other go.”

She provides that her main aim is to in the future play Elphaba in Depraved and to carry out that final present tune Defying Gravity.

“My mum has a photograph of me once I was about 5 and I’d painted my face inexperienced. If that’s not manifesting, then I don’t know what’s!” she says.

“It’s an enormous half to play and I’m not there but. Give me a pair extra roles and perhaps I’ll be able to take her on.”  

  •  Watch Amber on Dancing On Ice, tonight, ITV1 and ITVX.
Dancing On Ice pro skater Simon Senecal is very much the other man in Amber's life

Dancing On Ice professional skater Simon Senecal could be very a lot the opposite man in Amber’s lifeCredit score: Terry Blackburn/Backgrid

Amber has been involved in a string of high-profile flings including a two-year on/off romance with businessman Nick Kyriacou

Amber has been concerned in a string of high-profile flings together with a two-year on/off romance with businessman Nick KyriacouCredit score: Mark Hayman

The star's romance with fellow Love Islander Kem Cetinay ended six months after the show ended

The star’s romance with fellow Love Islander Kem Cetinay ended six months after the present endedCredit score: Shutterstock Editorial

Beaut Amber is a seasoned stage performer and says she has 'seen it all'

Beaut Amber is a seasoned stage performer and says she has ‘seen all of it’Credit score: Mark Hayman

Within the make-up chair with Amber

Do you could have any skincare heroes?

I swear by 47 Pores and skin’s serums, exfoliators and masks. They’ve completely modified my pores and skin.

Any magnificence bargains?

You simply can’t go fallacious with Carmex lip balm.

What do you splurge on?

I like Molecule and Baccarat Rouge fragrance.

What are your magnificence hacks?

Chop your false lashes in half and glue them to the outer a part of your eye. It offers your eyes a very superb form.

Do you could have any make-up bag necessities?

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Mac forehead gel and Laneige Water Sleeping Masks.

Who’s your celeb magnificence icon?

Hailey Bieber – who else?!