The 'Too Hot to Handle' alum opens up to PEOPLE about his relationship with his ballroom partner following their Viennese Waltz
Following the pair’s Viennese Waltz — which earned them a score of 28 out of 40 on Tuesday’s episode, which honored Whitney Houston — Jowsey, 26, told PEOPLE that the dance was “really tough” and he was “very sore” and “definitely wasn’t elegant,” but Arnold, 18, is there for him no matter what.
“She's very supportive,” he said. “There's not a lot of criticism. There's always good compliments, which is always great. She builds me up, lets me get confident in the moves, lets me feel comfortable, and yeah, it's just been a really special experience.”
Jowsey, a breakout star from the first season of Netflix's Too Hot To Handle, added of Arnold, “She never gets mad at me, which is always good.”
Between his lack of prior experience dancing and this season being Arnold’s first as a pro on the show — she’s following in the footsteps of her older sister, Lindsay Arnold, who was a pro on the show for 10 seasons — the pair had a bumpy start to their journey. But Jowsey has continued to push himself week after week.
“There is a magic in your eyes,” Inaba said. “There's a beauty opening up.”
Rylee echoed that encouragement as she told PEOPLE how “it’s been really awesome” to see Jowsey's growth throughout the season.
“I feel like he has grown as a person, and he's such an amazing person. I think it's so awesome what he's doing because it's so brand new,” she shared. “For me, I come out here and this is my second nature, this is what I've grown up doing. But he's never done this before but he goes out there and he tries his hardest and he shows people that you can do pretty much anything you set your mind to.”
She added, “He's just amazing.”
Amidst their continued success on the show, the pair have also faced a great deal of speculation as to whether their relationship is purely professional — and if they have dabbled in romance, as well.
As for why she thinks the speculation is so rampant, they both expressed uncertainty around the matter, with Rylee adding, “I guess our connection just flows through.”
She continued of Jowsey, “He's just a great partner. I can dance and feel secure.”
The pair previously shut down dating rumors earlier this season, with Jowsey telling PEOPLE he found the speculation a “little bit unfair on Rylee so early on.”
“She's so green to this whole world and everyone having an opinion, and stuff like that,” he said. “And it is week three, we're trying our best to focus on the dance, and whatever happens, happens. We’re just enjoying being together.”
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Despite putting the talk of romance to bed, he did applaud the chemistry he shares with his partner, both on the dance floor and off.
“Whenever I look at Rylee, I know it's a safe space, and I know that whatever's going on outside doesn't matter,” he admitted. “It's just us there.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and Disney+.
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