Faye Tozer’s husband Michael says he’s had a ‘tough week’ but insists they will ‘march on’ after she gets close to Giovanni Pernice

However defiant Michael Smith insisted he and Faye will "march on" amid the gossip – and thanked the Steps star's fans for keeping her on the BBC One show.

Taking to his social media page following last night's Strictly results show, Michael – who shares a nine-year-old son with the blonde beauty – tweeted: "So proud of @Faye_Tozer its been another tough week on and off the pitch but we do what we do and march on as a team.

"Thanks again for all your votes but a special shout out to you Steps lot, you’re bonkers."

He also retweeted some local news articles about 43-year-old Faye's Strictly success – adding that she and Giovanni "are working so hard and deserve another week".

The positive tweets come just hours after Michael and Faye were pictured keeping their distance as they left a hotel after Faye confessed that her Strictly experience had "strained" her marriage.

Speaking to The Sun, Faye admitted that she finds being away from her husband "tricky" while she trains with Giovanni.

The comments came after Giovanni was spotted "feeding" Faye as the pair celebrated her birthday together with an intimate lunch.

The hunky Italian was keen to make it an extra special day for Faye as he fed her from a spoon and cupped her cheek.

He also ordered the singer a cake with a candle, followed by a glass of wine – and even footed the bill at the end of the meal.

But the popstar, who has been married to husband Michael since 2009, defended the snaps as she insisted that Giovanni, 27, was simply wiping some food from her cheek.

She said: "I can feed myself thank you very much. But I had a bit of salad on my face so he took it off and that was it."

Faye went on: "It’s always tricky being away from home. You just have to keep your head above water.

"We’ve just got to keep really tight as a family unit and make sure we communicate — I think that’s the only way.

"But it is tough being away from home because we miss each other."

Giovanni also previously hit back at claims that he was enjoying a secret romance with Faye – with speculation growing last month after former professional dancer Gleb Savchenko hinted to The Sun that the pair had "hooked up".

Giovanni retorted: "This is total and utter nonsense!

"No one has any idea why Gleb is saying stuff like this. It's utter rubbish."

Giovanni has also been forced to deny rumours that he is dating American Strictly contestant Ashley Roberts. He previously dated Georgia May Foote, who he met on the BBC One dance show.

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