Cue the tears: Despite Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s sizzling on-ice chemistry — which helped them claim two gold medals at the Winter Olympics last month — they insist they’re not dating in real life.
The Canadian ice dancing pair stopped by Ellen on Tuesday after their fans campaigned on social media to get them on the show. There, they spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about their record-setting win as well as all the speculation about their off-ice relationship. And despite their claims that they’re not a couple off the ice, DeGeneres found it hard to believe.
“We are not, but we always say that that’s a big compliment,” Virtue said after DeGeneres asked the pair, who have been skating together for 20 years, if they’re dating. “What we portray on the ice is really important to us. We love getting into character, we love telling a story.”
Her answer, however, failed to satisfy DeGeneres, particularly after Virtue added: “Those moments when the music ended in PyeongChang, I just looked at Scott and I was so grateful to have lived the last 20 years by his side and to share in that moment together.” To which DeGeneres responded: “So you’re a couple.”
Scott did admit that the pair dated as kids, when they first started skating together at ages 7 and 9, but their relationship didn’t last very long.
“We didn’t talk to each other,” he joked. “When we were skating we would just hold hands and avoid eye contact. So in order to advance our partnership, we had to put the hot and heavy relationship on the side.”
Virtue and Moir — who also won gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and two silver medals at the 2014 Games in Sochi, making them the most decorated figure skaters of all time — have yet to come to a final decision about the rest of their competitive career, but admitted that PyeongChang was “probably” their last Games. DeGeneres suggested that next, they’ll “settle down and start a family,” — to which Moir replied “families.”
“Oh, you’re going to marry different people and stay together?” DeGeneres joked.
In true Ellen fashion, they also played a game where the gold medalists were quizzed on the knowledge about the other in the “Definitely Not Dating” game. They faired pretty well, getting each other’s guilty pleasures, celebrity crushes and favorite TV shows right.
And DeGeneres summed up the Internet’s feelings: “We’re going to test how much chemistry you have together. Even though you’re not together. But you should be.”