WES Nelson’s skating partner Vanessa Bauer is ‘struggling to cope’ with nasty messages after fans accused them of having an affair on Dancing On Ice.
The 22-year-old professional skater tells Sun Online she’s received a barrage of abuse since being paired with the Love Island star on the ITV show.
Rumours they entered a romantic relationship have swirled for weeks – with Wes’ split from Megan Barton-Hanson making things worse for Vanessa.
Speaking about the reaction from his fans, the pretty brunette appeared emotional as she told us: “I have stayed dignified. Of course it effects me when I read comments and I get direct messages on Instagram which are really not nice.
“It was really hard to deal with at the beginning but now I feel like when you comment on that – it’s not my job to comment. I am here to skate.”
However, the pair – who host Philip Schofield called ‘love birds’ on Sunday – are determined to focus their energy on skating.
Speaking about their dynamic during rehearsals, she said: “It’s not awkward at all, we are both very professional and he knows that. But it’s hard for both of us. We’re both here to do a job.
“We’re both working hard and doing pretty well. Last week we were top of the leader board and no one is talking about that, and I think it’s really sad.”
Vanessa split from her boyfriend of two years Louis Nathaniel weeks before the 2019 series kicked off.
She was savagely attacked by Megan Barton-Hanson on Instagram, who insisted it was a “tactical break-up.”
Vanessa subsequently became a target for Megan’s angry fans, as one said: “Rubbing it in @meganbartonhanson_ ‘s face… @vanessabauer_skates I think you have an agenda and fancy him that’s why the hostility towards @meganbartonhanson_ you don’t fool me with your fake nice act!! Spot girls like you a mile off!”
Meanwhile, viewers are convinced that Wes kissed Vanessa on Sunday’s show, while performing to Bruno Mars track Treasure.
Vanessa leaned in close to Wes’ face and with his back to the camera, it looked like the pair locked lips.
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Though the hunk achieved the first 10s of the series after the convincing performance, viewers were more interested in the moment on the ice mid-routine.
Some suggested it was a dig at Wes’ ex Megan and one tweeted: “Vanessa and Wes obviously made it look like they kissed just to get Megan mad LOL #DancingOnIce.”
Meanwhile the judges were full of praise for the routine, with Wes securing two 10s from Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
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