[Mollie King / Instagram]
Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Mollie King, and her dance partner, AJ Pritchard, have been at the centre of dating rumours since the BBC competition begun.
And now The Saturdays singer has fuelled suspicion further by sharing a loved up selfie with the 23-year-old professional dancer before quickly deleting it.
The shot showed the pair huddled together and smiling at the camera, looking happy in each other’s company.
However, just minutes after Mollie posted the picture to her 749k followers, she deleted it, causing fans to question why she didn’t want them to see the intimate snap.
Capturing the photograph, one fan shared it on social media and questioned: “Why did Mollie delete this picture?”
Mollie and AJ spent Wednesday at a Christmas market in Manchester, before being pictured heading back to their hotel together hand in hand.
“One of my favourite photos of us” – Mollie King adds to speculation her and AJ Pritchard are an item as they look cosy in one of her “favourite” snaps [Instagram]
The pair then headed out to dinner with former contestants, Gemma Atkinson, Simon Rimmer and his wife.
While Mollie and AJ have previously denied a romance, fans have been less than convinced after spotting a string of signs that they were more than friends.
Most recently, viewers were quick to spot the professional dancer putting his arm around his former dance partner during the Strictly final, while they cheered on Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice from the sidelines.
Despite the fact the pair were nestled at the back of all the old contestants, some eagle eyed viewers were certain they spotted them getting cosy.
One excited viewer wrote: “AJ HAS HIS ARM AROUND MOLLIE THEY LOOK LIKE SUCH A COUPLE #strictly (sic)”
While another added: “I swear aj’s arm hasn’t moved from mollie’s shoulder all night phew I love a married couple.”
[Instagram / Chloe Hewitt]
Just days earlier, the pair also subtly hinted at their romance as they held hands in a reunion photo captured by professional dancer Chloe Hewitt.
The pair have always insisted there’s nothing going on, despite dating rumours, with Mollie even brutally friend-zoning AJ when quizzed about their romance on This Morning, claiming he was “like a best friend”.