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Strictly's Nikita Kuzmin dating sex podcaster Charlie Backshall - exclusive first photos

The Strictly star is dating a TikTok star

nikita and charlie© Photo: Splash
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
February 28, 2023
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Strictly Come Dancing star Nikita Kuzmin has confirmed his romance with new girlfriend, Charlie Backshall, as the pair were spotted walking hand in hand during a romantic stroll in northwest London. 

While this is the first time the couple have been seen together in public, news of their relationship first came to light in December last year. So, who is Charlie? Read on to find out all about the Ukrainian dancer's new girlfriend, as well as Nikita's previous dating history. 

Strictlys Nikita Kuzmin pictures with new girlfriend Charlie Backshall© Photo: Splash

Nikita is dating TikTok star Charlie Backshall

Who is Nikita Kuzmin's girlfriend Charlie Backshall? 

Charlie Backshall is a TikTok star who hails from Perth in Australia. The 21-year-old is the host of sex podcast, The Hotline, in which she talks about life in her 20s alongside Sizzle Reel boys, Blake, Jack and George.

Strictlys Nikita Kuzmin talking to girlfriend Charlie Backshall whilst they walk© Photo: Splash

The couple were spotted in northwest London

In the podcast, Charlie, whom Nikita follows on Instagram, shares her "wisdom on sex, relationships and all the taboo business nobody seems to want to talk about," according to the series synopsis. 

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In an episode released in December, Charlie confirmed her relationship, telling her listeners: "Guys, I have some very, very big news… I have a boyfriend. I have a whole entire boyfriend."

Charlie Backshall smiles as she walks hand in hand with Nikita Kuzmin© Photo: Splash

Charlie recently deleted her podcast page

"He popped the question. It's been four or five days. I flew back into Perth at 1am this morning. I've been back in Perth for about nine hours. He asked me on the 28th and today is the 3rd so it's been six whole days."

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Nikita Kuzmin and Charlie Backshall brave the cold as they go public with relationship© Photo: Splash

Charlie is 21 years old

She continued: "The bad news is he's a public figure… don't try and figure out who he is, I don't follow him on Instagram for that matter, but his brand is very family friendly… my brand is not family friendly so I'm sort of just following his lead in terms of how public we're making things."

Nikita Kuzmin holding Charlies hand© Photo: Splash

The pair were pictured holding hands in public

She went on to say that the pair are keeping their romance private and that she doesn't intend to reveal too much detail about their relationship. "We're not posting anything just yet we're keeping it very on the down low, but it does limit how much I can talk about our sex life," she said. 

Since Nikita and Charlie's romance has come to light, the Australian social media star has deleted her TikTok account, as well as her podcast page - which is no longer available to listen to. 

Charlie Backshall revealed her crushes on a TIkTok in December

Charlie recently deleted her TikTok account

Nikita's previous dating history

Prior to his romance with Charlie, Nikita, 25, was in a long-term relationship with professional dancer Nicole Wirt. 

Like her ex-boyfriend, Nicole is a professional dancer and choreographer.

Nikita Kuzmin posing alongside his former longterm girlfriend Nicole Wirt © Photo: Instagram

Nikita was in a long-term relationship with Nicole Wirt before dating Charlie

The performer, who is based in Frankfurt, Germany, was involved in the UK tour of Here Come The Boys in the summer of 2022, alongside Nikita and various other Strictly dancers, including Graziano di Prima, Nadiya Bychkova and Pasha Kovalev.

It is thought that the pair decided to go their separate ways two months before Nikita's romance with Charlie was first reported at the end of last year. 

Stricrtly star Nikita Kuzmin all wrapped up whilst walking hand in hand with girlfriend Charlie Backshall© Photo: Splash

Nikita and Charlie's relationship was first reported in December

While little else is known about Nikita's dating history, there have been various rumours about his love life since he made his Strictly debut. 

During the latest series of the BBC show, it was rumoured that the dancer, who was partnered with Paralympic Gold Medallist Ellie Simmonds, was dating CBBC star and contestant Molly Rainford.

Nikita Kuzmin holds hands with Charlie Backshall in London© Photo: Splash

Nikita has yet to speak publicly about the relationship

This isn't the first time Nikita has been at the centre of Strictly relationship rumours as his close friendship with his 2021 celebrity partner Tilly Ramsay sparked speculation about a potential romance between the two. 

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The social media influencer squashed the rumours, however, by revealing that she was in a relationship in November last year. 

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