Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir say they’re not in love

Sul­try rou­tine leaves in­ter­net want­ing more

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Af­ter they skated to a song about love, the in­ter­net wants Olympic gold medal­lists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to be in love.

Virtue and Moir’s gold-medal win­ning rou­tine, per­formed to the Moulin Rouge sound­track, made the in­ter­net blow up — and not just in recog­ni­tion of the pair’s tal­ent.

De­spite their sul­try rou­tine and their years-long part­ner­ship on ice, Moir and Virtue say they’re not to­gether.

“Maybe that means we’re do- ing our job?” Moir told Ma­clean’s when asked about the team­mates’ ro­man­tic per­cep­tion.

“We’re al­ways telling sto­ries, we’re sup­posed to be re­act­ing, a man and woman on the ice, it’s ro­man­tic. What we have is such a cool re­la­tion­ship. It’s more about a friend­ship, our work­ing re­la­tion­ship is so strong. We take so much pride in that.”

But just be­cause they’re not in love now, doesn’t mean they never gave it a try.

When Virtue was eight and Moir was 10, they dated for eight months — “it was ro­man­tic in the be­gin­ning,” Moir joked in an in­ter­view with the Globe and Mail.

But their ro­mance came to a swift end. Moir’s friends made some jokes, and he called up his girl­friend and fu­ture fel­low gold medal­list and ended their short-lived ro­mance.

“It’s hard when you’ve grown up with some­one,” Virtue added. But looks can be de­ceiv­ing. The pair tweaked their Moulin Rouge rou­tine, which ini­tially in­cluded a provoca­tive lift with Virtue strad­dling Moir’s shoul­ders, to make it more fam­ily-friendly.

Moir and Virtue’s vi­ral Olympic rou­tine to the Moulin Rouge mu­sic was meant to em­pha­size the duet — and the love story.

“We re­ally wanted a sleek, mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary es­thetic over­all,” Virtue told the Toronto Star’s Rosie Dimanno.

“I mean, it’s so emo­tional and so lay­ered and so nu­anced that you feel the spec­trum of emo­tions. There’s ag­gres­sion, there’s pas­sion, there’s anger, there’s jeal­ousy, there’s love. There’s so much to tell and we’re try­ing to tell that a lit­tle more phys­i­cally than any­thing.”

it’s more about a friend­ship, our work­ing re­la­tion­ship is so strong. We take so much pride in that. scott moir

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yes, Tessa Virtue and scott moir did date for eight months ... when she was eight and he was 10.

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