November 13, 2017 18:56 GMT by mirror.co.uk

'Magic is happening!': Debbie McGee, 59, talks sizzling 'chemistry' with Strictly partner Giovanni Pernice, 27, and isn't worried about age gap

'Magic is happening!': Debbie McGee, 59, talks sizzling 'chemistry' with Strictly partner Giovanni Pernice, 27, and isn't worried about age gap

And she doesn't care about the age gap

It's been 20 months since she lost her beloved husband Paul Daniels to a brain tumour, aged 77.

But now Debbie McGee has well and truly got her sparkle back, and it's all thanks to her hunky Strictly Come Dancing partner, Giovanni Pernice, 27.

Tipped to win the show, few have failed to notice the flourishing relationship between the pair, and Debbie admits he's given her a new lease on life.

But it's not all about his good looks...

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Debbie didn't expect to have so much chemistry with Giovanni
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But the pair sizzles on screen each week
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Debbie believes there is 'magic happening'
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And she doesn't care about the age gap
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Her husband Paul died in March 2016

"I don't think we realised the absolute chemistry we'd have... Yes, it's lovely seeing this good-looking Italian man every day, but it's more to do with this unique friendship that makes every minute special. I have a deep connection with Giovanni that I can't describe," she tells OK! magazine.

Debbie, 59, was just 29 when she married then 50-year-old Paul, and says she never thinks about the 32-year age gap between herself and her Strictly partner.

"There's a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us. He makes everyone feel special and that's what Paul used to do, and that's what I love about him. We've laughed about how similar we are. Why does it happen in life? I don't know. We just have this incredible bond," she continued.

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Debbie McGee at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017
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She is open to finding love again

The former ballet instructor and magician's assistant still lives in the Henley-on-Thames home she shared with Paul, and her sister Donna has since moved in to help out with their three rabbits Sally, Gil and Hopper.

But when it comes to the future, Debbie admits she doesn't want to live the rest of her life alone, and is certainly open to finding love again.

"But I don't go looking for things. You have to let things come to you and then they're right. I don't want life to pass me by but with relationships, or where anything like that is concerned, I always let things come to me. I don't worry," she said.

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