Both deny romance rumours

The Voice contestant Bo Bruce has admitted that she had an intense relationship with mentor Danny O’Donoghue – but only as close mates.

Bo and Danny have both have always denied speculation about a romance, but their strong bond developed because of their shared experiences of losing a parent.

Bo’s mum Rosamond Winkley passed away in July after a battle with pancreatic cancer, whilst Danny unexpectedly lost his dad Shay O’Donoghue due to a stomach aneurysm shortly before The Script released their first album.

I was going through a lot and it was something Danny had been through,’ Bo, 27, tells Ticket.

There was the intensity in that and we were really good mates. It’s a confusing thing – people can’t just be mates, but I’ve always had boy mates.’

Danny, who had recently split from girlfriend of 4 years Irma Mali when he started filming The Voice, found the rumours of a romance with Bo came at a difficult time.

It’s been hard,’ Danny, 31, tells The Sun.

I’d escape the pain of the break-up by going into the studio. I could deal with it all fine but it was all those crazy rumours of who I was dating.

This is the band’s first time of dealing with the spotlight. I’ve been asked why I let the rumours go on for so long. But there’s no handbook on how to deal with this, plus I was grieving. My relationship had ended.’

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Anna Francis