They were crowned Dancing with the Stars champions during the finale on April 3.
And one day later, Grant Denyer, 44, and his dance partner Lily Cornish, 22, enjoyed breakfast together in Sydney’s Darling Harbour to celebrate their big win.
The pals were all smiles as they waltzed down the street before sitting down for a bite to eat, still giddy from their victory the night before.
Breakfast of champions! A day after winning Dancing with the Stars, Grant Denyer (right) and his dance partner Lily Cornish (left) went for breakfast together in Sydney’s Darling Harbour
Lily looked stunning in an ankle-length white dress and brown boots, which she teamed with an over-the-shoulder bag.
She wore a touch of makeup to accentuate her striking features, and styled her hair in a gentle beach wave.
Meanwhile, father-of-three Grant looked cool and casual in a white T-shirt, dark jeans and brown boots.
High spirits: The pals were all smiles as they waltzed down the street before sitting down for a bite to eat, still giddy from their victory the night before
Giggly: Grant burst into laughter as Lily showed him something on her phone
The pair looked deep in conversation as they sat at the table, enjoying healthy green smoothies and what appeared to be celebratory espresso martinis.
The TV host, who first won DWTS in 2006, had walked home with the coveted mirrorball trophy alongside professional dancer Lily a day earlier.
Grant, who is married to wife Chezzi Denyer, said after his win: ‘This show means the world to me, I absolutely love it.
‘If I wasn’t dancing or hosting it, I would be changing the light bulbs in the roof.
Lovely: The pair looked deep in conversation as they sat at the dinner table, enjoying healthy green smoothies and what appeared to be celebratory espresso martinis
Stunner: Lily looked stunning in an ankle-length white dress and boots, which she teamed with an over-the-shoulder bag
Style: She wore a touch of makeup to accentuate her striking features, and styled her hair in a long beach wave
Chic: Grant looked cool and casual in a white T-shirt, dark jeans and brown boots
‘I vowed 15 years ago to never dance again because it was the best memory of my life, I thought I could never top that so why would you even bother.’
As well as a shiny trophy, Grant won $20,000 for his chosen charity, The Smith Family.
The six finalists were Courtney Act, David Rodan, Deni Hines, Grant Denyer, Kris Smith and Ricki-Lee Coulter.
Grant and Lily’s journey on DWTS was somewhat tarnished after New Idea published a front-page story on October 18 which falsely accused the pair of having an affair.
The magazine included photos of Grant with his hand on Lily’s thigh in between rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars: All Stars in Sydney.
Champions: The TV host, who first won Dancing with the Stars in 2006, had walked home with the mirrorball trophy alongside his professional Lily a day earlier
Passion for dance: Grant, who is married to wife Chezzi Denyer, said after his win, ‘This show means the world to me, I absolutely love it’
While the photos were accompanied by the headline ‘Grant Denyer Caught Out’, the full set of images was later released, and offered a more complete picture of what happened.
The original article insinuated Grant and Lily were cheating on their respective partners – a claim the Denyers strongly denied – but the photos themselves actually suggested a platonic relationship.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting any infidelity took place.
For example, while Grant did place his hand on Lily’s thigh at one stage, it wasn’t necessarily an intimate gesture.
One photo appears to show him patting the young woman’s leg in a fatherly manner, which is what he maintains happened.
They did it! Grant and Lily were crowned DWTS champions during the finale on April 3
False claims: Their journey on Dancing with the Stars was somewhat tarnished after New Idea published a story on October 18 which falsely accusing them of having an affair
There were other moments when they acted like ordinary friends and colleagues.
Shots of them looking chummy at the boat party and linking arms outside were seemingly cropped to make it appear as if they were alone.
In reality, they were surrounded by their co-stars, including the likes of former Bachelorette Angie Kent and The Morning Show host Kylie Gillies.
Grant later admitted he’d ’embarrassed’ his family, telling 2Day FM’s The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed & Erin the pictures actually showed him consoling his friend after she had received some sad personal news.
The images, he said, were taken by a paparazzo just moments after he and Lily had finished speaking to his wife Chezzi over FaceTime.
‘It’s such a horrible, made-up story that’s embarrassing for everyone,’ he said.
Close: Lily (right) is close friends with Grant (left) and his wife Chezzi (centre). The trio shared this defiant photo after the false claims were reported
‘We’d just been on the phone to Chezzi, we had been FaceTiming… It had been a bit of a tough day and Lil had a bit going on in her personal life.’
‘It’s not up to me to divulge what it [the personal issue] is but I was just giving her a bit of a pep talk and fatherly advice,’ he added.
‘I just gave her a tap on the leg and she sort of leaned in for a bit of a hug after a chat and that’s the photo on the [New Idea] front page.’
Lily also addressed the New Idea story herself, sharing a post to Instagram thanking her fans for being so understanding.
‘Thanks everyone for the kind words and messages. I really appreciate the amount of love that has come out of this yucky / disrespectful situation. Killing it with kindness,’ she wrote.
Grant and his wife had categorically denied the New Idea report the week it was published in a series of social media posts.
Chezzi posted screenshots of the article on Instagram and blasted the magazine for fabricating such a ‘gross and mean’ story.
She went on to claim the photographer who took the photos had apologised to her for the images being ‘taken out of context’.
Retraction: In December, New Idea apologised to Lily, Grant and his wife Chezzi after publishing the false story. Lily reposted the publication’s apology on Instagram (left) and also hared a 7News Sydney report on New Idea’s retraction
She also pointed out that Lily’s long-term boyfriend Jock White had been pictured visiting her during rehearsals for DWTS.
Grant later issued his own blistering statement, calling the article a ‘brutal’ attack on a ’22-year-old kid’ and a ‘dad of three girls’.
In December, New Idea apologised to Lily, Grant and his wife Chezzi after publishing the false story.
The tabloid reached a confidential settlement with the Denyers after they called in the lawyers over the front-page article that suggested Grant was romantically involved with Lily.
The publication printed an apology in its print edition and online, acknowledging the story was false and that Grant and Lily never had an affair.
The apology read: ‘On 18 October 2021, [publisher] Are Media and New Idea published an article that conveyed that Grant Denyer was having an extra-marital affair with his Dancing with the Stars: All Stars dance partner, Lily Cornish, and that his wife, Chezzi was heartbroken as a result. The article was false.
‘Are Media and New Idea acknowledge that Grant Denyer and Lily Cornish are not having an extra-marital affair. They have never had an affair.
‘Are Media and New Idea regret publishing the article.
‘Are Media and New Idea wish to sincerely apologise to Grant Denyer, Chezzi Denyer and Lily Cornish for the hurt and embarrassment caused by the article.’
Family: Grant is pictured with his wife and two of their daughters