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Siobhan Macdonald

Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin ‘dating Molly Rainford’ weeks after splitting from girlfriend

Strictly Come Dancing star Nikita Kuzmin has been romantically linked to contestant Molly Rainford since splitting up with his ex girlfriend.

The Strictly curse has reportedly hit again, although this time its not between a pro dancer and the celebrity they're paired up with. Nikita, who is partnered with Paralympic Gold Medallist Ellie Simmonds, is supposedly dating 21-year-old CBBC star Molly Rainford.

The couple were spotted looking close at the National Television Awards, where sources claimed they couldn't keep their eyes off one another. This comes after Nikita, who was previously paired with Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly last year, split from his long-term dancer girlfriend Nicole Wirt.

Nikita reportedly split with his long-term girlfriend recently (Nikita Kuzmin/Instagram)

A source told Metro: "Molly and Nikita couldn’t keep their eyes off each other the entire evening. They didn’t mind who could see them flirting and chatting away – and Molly had a huge smile on her face.’

The insider continued to MailOnline : "The chemistry between them was clear and they even waited until they had both safely got into taxis at the end of the night – but it appeared that they were making arrangements to continue the after party just the two of them."

CBBC star Molly is said to be dating Strictly's Nikita Kuzmin (Getty)

The Strictly cast were celebrating at the awards on Thursday night after taking home the Talent Show award for series 19, as well as Anton Du Beke taking home the Talent Show Judge award. The rumours around Nikita and Molly, who is partnered with Strictly pro Carlos Gu, come after a source claimed that the 24-year-old called time on his relationship with Nicole to focus on this series of Strictly.

"Nikita wanted to totally focus on this series of Strictly and decided a while back he wanted to end his relationship with Nicole," a source told The Sun.

"They had been together for five years and it ended up being a mutual decision. Nikita is totally caught up in Strictly so they decided it was for the best for them to break up. Nicole used to stay in London to visit Nikita but it was becoming more difficult with their schedules.’

The source added: "Nikita only wants the best for Nicole and she feels the same about him. For now he wants to put all of his focus on Ellie and their journey on Strictly."

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