kevin kilbane brianne delcourt

Dancing on Ice's Kevin Kilbane and Brianne Delcourt open up about surprise romance

The Dancing on Ice stars confirmed their romance in January

Sharnaz Shahid

They met back in October when they were partnered together for this year's series of Dancing on Ice, and since then, Kevin Kilbane and Brianne Delcourt have found happiness together as a real-life couple. Appearing on Lorraine earlier this year, the couple, who surprised fans with their engagement news in February, revealed it was an "instant attraction". Kevin said: "When we first met four months ago, everything happened very quickly, it absolutely did. I certainly knew straight away that was it, yeah." He added: "Everything's been great, everything's gone really well."

dancing-on-ice-couple

Kevin Kilbane and Brianne Delcourt appeared on Friday's Lorraine

The pair trained almost daily for four months, with the couple revealing in January that their friendship turned into something more. Talking about how much she "adores" the former footballer, the professional ice skater explained: "I'm used to being a tough coach, but it's a bit hard with Kevin because obviously there's feelings involved, I adore him, so it's hard. Even if I do try to be hard, he just laughs at me." When asked if their romance makes them better on the ice, Brianne replied: "There's a natural connection, it's not put on, it's real and we enjoy each other."

READ: 5 things you need to know about Dancing on Ice star Kevin Kilbane

WATCH: Dancing On Ice in 60 seconds

The pro skater has dated a few of her previous Dancing on Ice partners, including Matt Lapinskas and Sam Attwater. But now, it seems Brianne has finally found love with Kevin. Despite her history, the 38-year-old has insisted that Kevin isn't part of a pattern and is nothing like her previous boyfriends. She previously described him as "perfect" and her "best friend".

MORE: Brianne Delcourt looked so different in each Dancing on Ice series

The couple surprised fans in February when they announced their engagement on social media with a sweet Instagram post showing the moment Kevin got down on one knee. Former footballer Kevin can be seen serenading his girlfriend before dropping down on one knee and asking Brianne to be his wife. "He couldn't have been more perfect," she captioned the footage. "I love you @kdkilbane77 02.04.2020."

The pair have also opened up about their home life, with Brianne telling the Mirror: "He takes more control at home. He cooks the meals, does the laundry. He's more of the boss." The former footballer added: "I'm certainly not the boss on the ice. Bri holds me up all the time, she ­controls it."

Kevin shares two daughters, Elsie, 15, and Isla, 13, with his ex-wife Laura, who he married when he was 22. In 2013, the sportsman revealed that he and Laura had split in 2011 after 12 years of marriage. Meanwhile, Brianne is also a mum-of-one and recently celebrated her daughter's third birthday. Although information on her child's father is kept private, Brianne will often post adorable pictures of her little one on social media.

Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.