Earlier this month, there was speculation that there was a romance brewing between Samuel Johnson and fellow Dancing With The Stars contestant Cassandra Thorburn.
Now, the Aussie actor has opened up on his flirty relationship with Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife, who was recently booted from the hit shot.
Speaking exclusively to Who magazine on Thursday, the 41-year-old said: “We love a gossip. We constantly find things to giggle about. In another life, who knows what would have happened?”
He added that he and Cassandra, who he described as “gorgeous”, were “great mates” who “flirt well”.
Samuel continued: “When you’re feeling vulnerable, it’s nice if someone finds you attractive.”
Meanwhile, Cassandra has previously spoken about her friendship with the Molly actor, telling The Sydney Morning Herald earlier this month that they “spent loads of time together”.
“There’s nothing [more] than just friendship there,” Cassandra said. “We spent loads of time together. He’s a really funny guy.”
And in January, Samuel jokingly admitted he was crushing on the mother-of-three.
“She’s bangin’, she’s got the moves… I’d go there, who wouldn’t? Have you seen the [promo] photo of her?” he reportedly said on Nova FM’s Fitzy and Wippa.
It comes after Samuel wowed crowds in the latest episode of Dancing With The Stars when he performed a deeply moving tribute performance inspired by his former partner’s heartbreaking suicide.
The Aussie star appeared emotional as he span his professional partner Jorja Rae Freeman around the dance floor to the song ‘Shallow’ from Lady Gaga’s movie A Star Is Born, but only revealed the reason for the moving Rumba routine at the end of the dance.
“I had a partner… her name was Lainie and she died from a sore heart,” he told host Amanda Keller following the performance. “I’ve been thinking a lot because you told me to be romantic this week, that was the brief.”
He added: “I haven’t been able to be romantic since then, not really. So I thought I’d just try and think of her during the song and maybe that’ll make it beautiful.”
Samuel has previously been open about his heartbreak following Lainie’s sudden death, and appearing on ABC’s Anh’s Brush With Fame in 2017, he described it as his “biggest sadness”.
Tragically, Samuel had only broken up with Lainie a few hours before she took her own life in early 2006.
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