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Drama Detectives: Are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Secretly in Love?

This Twitter conspiracy thread makes a compelling case.

Canada’s ice-skating sweethearts, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, delivered a steamy, jaw-on-the-floor, gold-medal performance last night in Pyeongchang. The duo now has five Olympic medals, making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history — and our favourite definitely-not-doing-it couple of all time. But a suitcase full of precious substance isn’t all these platonic partners coming home with! The Canadian superstars have captured a cult following of adoring fans from around the globe, and each one of them is turning to the Internet to research this fairytale on ice.

They’re all asking the same question: are Virtue and Moir are a couple? And when they learn they’re (allegedly) not, they ask: how can two people possess that much chemistry when they’re not head-over-heels in IRL love?

It’s totally possible to have an intimate artistic relationship that isn’t sexual. I’m sure there are lots of creative couples that are incredibly intense, romantic and platonic — I just, you know, can’t name any of them. But it’s also totally possible that the professional duo is keeping their romance under wraps for business reasons. Would we care as much about these two if they were in a public relationship? Probably not. This passionate-but-not-in-love thing is kind of their shtick.

To which we present this wholly convincing Twitter thread via Tessa Tirtue. If Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir aren’t sleeping together/dating/secretly married, then how do you explain this sultry string of NSFW gifs?