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Inside Nikita Kuzmin's love life: Meet the dancer's model girlfriend

The Strictly star has headed into the Celebrity Big Brother house for the 2024 series 

Nikita Kuzmin and girlfriend Lauren Jaine split image
Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
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Nikita Kuzmin made his name as a professional dancer on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and very quickly became a fan-favourite among viewers. Now, the 26-year-old Ukrainian-Italian choreographer is heading into the Celebrity Big Brother house, where he'll no doubt gain even more adoring fans. While we know all about Nikita's history on Strictly, what about his life away from the cameras?

Keep reading to find out all about his love life, including his girlfriend, Lauren Jaine. 

Who is Nikita Kuzmin dating?

Nikita is in a relationship with Lauren Jaine, a 23-year-old model who is signed to First Model Management and boasts over 8K followers on social media. 

While not much is known about Lauren, it's clear from her Instagram page that she's a Durham University graduate. 

Nikita and Lauren posted this selfie on Instagram© Instagram
Nikita and Lauren posted this selfie on Instagram

When did Nikita and Lauren Jaine start dating?

It's not known exactly how long Nikita and Lauren have been dating, but they've been linked since last summer. Nikita first posted his girlfriend on his Instagram page back in October last year, but the dancer first appeared on her social media in August when they took a romantic holiday to Croatia.

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The couple recently enjoyed a romantic holiday in Dubai and even rode on a quadbike in the desert during their trip. 

WATCH: Nikita Kuzmin and girlfriend Lauren Jaine ride a quadbike in desert

What have Nikita and Lauren said about each other since dating?

Since the Croatia post in August, Lauren has uploaded a number of snaps of her boyfriend on her Instagram, including one of the lovebirds smiling for a photo while posing at the Strictly studios at Elstree.

The Elstree Studios photo even prompted a reaction from Nikita's fellow Strictly pro dancers. Neil Jones wrote a comment saying: "You two are so cute," while Carlos said: "My Love." Nikita also commented: "Love you", followed by a red love heart emoji.

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Lauren paid a few visits to the Strictly set during the show's latest series, showing support for her boyfriend and his celebrity dance partner Layton Williams. 

Taking to social media in November, the flame-haired beauty shared a behind-the-scenes snap showing her, Layton and Nikita all donning purple outfits following the pair's Argentine Tango. Captioning the photo, which sees Lauren sporting a long gown that featured a cut-out around her midriff, the model penned: "Team purple!"

Nikita Kuzmin, Lauren Jaine and Layton Williams© Lauren Jaine/Instagram
Lauren showed her support for Nikita and Layton during their stint on Strictly

More recently, Lauren praised her boyfriend after he was revealed as a housemate on the 2024 series of Celebrity Big Brother. Sharing a carousel of photos of the pair, Lauren penned: "The secret is out! As much as I’m going to miss this crazy boy, I'm so excited for him to be part of this amazing experience. The gattos and I will be watching every single night!!!! Love you @nikita__kuzmin."

Nikita Kuzmin with girlfriend Lauren Jaine© @lauren.jaine/Instagram
Lauren praised her boyfriend as he went into the Celebrity Big Brother house

Who has Nikita dated previously?

Prior to his relationship with Lauren, Nikita was in a relationship with podcaster Charlie Backshall, who viewers might know from her popular sex podcast, The Hotline. The couple were dating at the beginning of 2023 and were pictured in exclusive photos published by HELLO!, which you can see here.

Before Charlie, Nikita dated fellow ballroom and Latin dancer, Nicole Wirt. The couple were together for five years and reportedly shared a flat together in London, but they mostly kept their relationship out of the spotlight. 

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