Christopher Dean wife: How friendship with Jayne Torvill has outlasted his marriages

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics, and have since gone on to have successful TV careers. The skating duo grace our screens every Sunday night on Dancing on Ice, and the pair are known to have an incredibly close friendship.

Christopher described his friendship with Jayne as “unique” in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2010.

He told the publication: “We’re not brother and sister. We’re not husband and wife.

“But we formed our own friendship that required much more trust than any ­relationship.

“We’ve been together longer than both my marriages lasted.”


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Christopher has been married twice before, first to French-Canadian world ice dance champion Isabelle Duchesnay in the 1990s.

He then married America figure skater Jill Trenary, who he has two children with.

But Christopher has never been in a romantic relationship with his skating co-star, and discussed the topic in an interview with the Radio Times.

He admitted the pair had kissed as teenagers, but a relationship never followed.

Christopher said: “We were 14-years-old and teenagers in the most naive sense.

“We didn’t talk about it much after. The skating was everything and having a relationship just didn’t occur to us.”

However the ice champion did acknowledge there was a kind of “romance” between him and Jayne.

He added: “There is still a romance, though. I love Jayne.


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“But in a passionate friend way.

“When couples dance together, it’s very intimate; you spend a lot of time together, it’s close, it’s physical.”

Christopher Dean is not currently married but is in a relationship with fellow Dancing on Ice co-star Karen Barber, who Chris had been friends with for many years prior to their relationship.

Karen was once part of the Dancing on Ice judging panel, and also competed for many years as a professional ice skater.

The pair decided to take the leap from friendship to relationship in 2011.

In a joint statement released at the start of their relationship, the couple said: “Following recent media speculation, we feel the necessity to confirm that this year has seen a change in our relationship, but we are taking things very slowly, as it is early days.

“We’d very much like to thank our dear friends, who have been so incredibly supportive to us.

“We both have families with children, so we ask the media to please respect their privacy.”

Dancing on Ice is on ITV tonight at 6pm.

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