The I’m A Celebrity pair finally come clean about their strong bond - and it sounds promising!

Ferne McCann just said something pretty huge about her relationship with George Shelley and it involved the L word.

Yep, the 25-year-old star said she LOVES Union J singer George during a joint appearance with him on This Morning earlier today. Eek!

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The twosome – who became super close during their time in the I’m A Celebrity jungle – were inevitably questioned about the prospect of a blossoming romance and Ferne dropped the bombshell when asked if she fancied George.

‘I’ve skipped the fancying stage, I love him,’ the TOWIE girl told presenter Holly Willoughby.

‘And I think we just get on very much, well as friends.’

Ah yes, the F word as well as the L one. Despite the fact that she’s got a lorra lorra love for 22-year-old George, Ferne insists that their relationship is still platonic and that they haven’t kissed yet.

George sounds quite hopeful that things will develop beyond friendship though, having told Holly and co-host Ben Shephard: ‘We obviously get on, we’ve obviously got a connection.

‘I think we’re looking forward to just seeing what happens.’ Ooh, we are too! These two are just so sweet.

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Ferne also took the opportunity to quash rumours that her bond with George isn’t for real.

‘Everyone keeps saying, “Oh it must be a showmance, blah blah blah,”‘ the reality star explained. ‘It’s the complete opposite to a showmance.

‘What me and George have is genuine. We’ve got a fantastic friendship and… We’ve just got back!’

Awwww, you guys. They might be just good friends (for now at least) but Ferne and George are certainly affectionate towards each other.

Presenter Ben commented that they were very ‘physical’ with each other on the This Morning sofa and they’ve also posted sweet messages about each other on social media since leaving the jungle.

Viewers found their joint appearance pretty adorable too, with one commenting on Twitter: ‘They make such a cute couple,hope something comes of it x’

Well with the L word being banded about, we think it’s definitely a case of watch this space…

Anna Francis