Strictly’s Tom Fletcher had agonising split from Giovanna and she dated another man

The duo first met when they were 13, but once split up for 14 months

Tom and Giovanna Fletcher are seen by fans as the perfect couple, so it will surprise most people to find out that they did split up once.

The McFly singer, who is one of the favourites to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing alongside pro dance partner Amy Dowden, briefly broke up with the love of his life.

The happy couple met when they were both 13-years-old at Sylvia Young Theatre School, when Giovanna sat next to Tom in school assembly.

The youngsters didn’t make it official until several years later in 2003, when they were 18, during their on and off romance.

The following year, Tom wrote his love a song for Valentine’s Day, All About You, which would go on to become a massive hit for his band McFly.

But they endured a rocky patch which resulted in them splitting up – and Giovanna started dating another man.

The couple broke-up for 14 months, but Tom was always in the background and Giovanna realised she still had feelings for him.

“There was just something about him,” the I’m A Celebrity winner told Heat magazine at the start of the year.

“I had a boyfriend for the 14 months we weren’t together, but Tom was always there. We never left each other alone really…

“When I met the McFly boys for the first time, Dougie (Poynter) said to me: ‘He literally talks about you non-stop.’

“And I remember being in Namibia (doing charity work) and thinking about Tom more than I did my boyfriend.”

After getting back from the month-long trip, Giovanna ended her relationship with her boyfriend and got back together with Tom.

In a chat with HELLO!, Giovanna admitted their relationship had gone through different phases since their teen love story began.

“When we met we only went out for two days, then we had the whole teen drama stuff, ‘I love you, no I don’t’, then he snogged all of my mates in the way that teenagers do!”

But that wasn’t enough to keep them apart, as she added: “The feeling of knowing what’s important and not getting lost in the ‘fluff’ was really what kept us so strong together”.

Tom married his childhood sweetheart in 2012 and they are parents to three boys, Buzz, Buddy and Max.

Giovanna previously opened up about her sex life with Tom, or rather the lack thereof.

Since becoming a parent, 36-year-old Giovanna admits sex has been put on the back burner.

“Tom and I were laughing about the infrequency of our sex life. But we have three kids – we did it at some point!” Giovanna told The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine.

“It’s not a top priority. Sleep is better!

“Tom and I love each other and I think we’re both on the same page. That’s how we got into this mess!”