A fortnight after going public with their romance, Duncan Bannatyne and Nigora Whitehorn looked totally besotted as they attended the Grand Prix Ball in London together on Wednesday night. The couple posed with their arms wrapped around each other, the picture of happiness as they smiled for the cameras.
Duncan, 66, was clearly proud to accompany Harley Street dental worker Nigora to the star-studded black-tie event – and it was easy to see why. The 35-year-old looked gorgeous in a floor-length black gown, a bejewelled headdress in her hair.
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Duncan Bannatyne proudly accompanied Nigora Whitehorn to the Grand Prix Ball
Just two weeks into their whirlwind romance, smitten Duncan has already suggested that marriage could be on the cards for the couple. Their happiness has been slightly marred by his breakup with ex-girlfriend Michelle Evans, however.
"Nigora and I are very much in love," the ex-Dragons' Den star exclusively told HELLO! last week. "We met only a few weeks ago and many people don't realise we only began our relationship after the break-up of my previous relationship had occurred."
Read Duncan and Nigora's full interview with HELLO! magazine, out now
Referring to his heated exchange on social media with Michelle, he added: "I've had a few disagreements with people in the past that have been blown out of all proportion. If you have a public profile, you have to accept that sometimes things will be said on social media that are one person's opinion or perspective of you – it really doesn't worry me these days."
Duncan and Uzbekistan-born Nigora have already appeared on ITV's This Morning to talk about their fledgling romance. Asked if he resented Michelle – who he dated for seven months - speaking publicly about their split, Duncan answered: "You don't feel bitter when you're madly in love. Everything else doesn't matter. I'm just an excited schoolboy."
Duncan and Nigora recently appeared on This Morning to talk about their fledgling romance
Nigora, who met Duncan when he visited the dental practice where she works – then dismissed Michelle's claims that he refused to pay for meals. "He's the most generous man I've ever met in my life, and I've never felt any of that so, for me, it was a big shock to read… I'm very much in love," she said, before Duncan added: "Get your hats ready!"