GORDON Ramsay shook Strictly pro dancer Nikita’s hand after he broke down in tears watching daughter Tilly’s dance routine.
The fiery chef was overcome with emotion watching the social media star dance the Charleston and recieving her leaderboard-topping scores.
Gordon, 51, was left in tears by the dance routine – and headed backstage after the live BBC One show to congratulate Tilly, 19, and Nikita, 23.
A source told Sun Online how the chef told the pair they had “f***ing blown him away” as he went on to shake Nikita’s hand.
We told yesterday how Tilly has introduced dance-partner Nikita to her uni-pals – after logging on for lessons during rehearsals.
And as well as regularly inviting Nikita round for tea with her family he’s not met her mates too.
A source said: “Due to Strictly training, Tilly is having to combine uni with dancing but she has been able to successfully mix things up.
“She’s been logging into lessons online from rehearsals and last week took the chance to introduce Nikita to some of her mates.
“It was a bit surreal for everyone else but Tilly is hoping she is going to be part of the show for many more weeks so she thought it was important her uni colleagues got the chance to say hello.
“Since being paired Tilly and Nikita have been inseparable. They’ve probably put in more hours of training than any other couple and have become really good friends.”
Viewers were left wondering whether the infamous Strictly curse struck again as they were pictured heading to her London flat earlier this week.
The gossip heightened when Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt, 23, deleted a social media message in which she expressed her support for the pair.
Nicole, also a professional dancer, has been dating the Ukrainian heartthrob since 2016.
She initially seemed proud of the duo when she posted a picture of their waltz from Saturday’s show with the caption: ‘Cheering on my faves.’
This message has since been removed and instead the dancer wrote: “Stop complaining so much over things you can’t change or control.”
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Last night, Nicole to social media last night to urge people to vote for the pair and keep them on the show despite the speculation.
She also described the duo – who we yesterday revealed have become “inseparable” from each other – as “cuties”.
Her comments come after days of silence on social media which had led to speculation she might be annoyed at her boyfriend’s reported growing friendship with Tilly.
A source said: “Nicole hasn’t said anything for days on social media which raised eyebrows because initially she’d been really supportive of the pair.
“She’s also not been in and around the show as she had her own stuff going on. So speaking out and wishing Niki and Tilly well is a sign that she’s fully behind them.
“She and Nikita have a strong relationship which often has to cope with long periods apart.”