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He and Miss Barber issued the statement on the eve of the second episode of the show's new run.
Last week Angela Rippon and Nadia Sawalha's skating skills failed to impress as they became the first celebrities to leave the qualifying rounds of the new series of Dancing On Ice.
"Following recent media speculation, we feel the necessity to confirm that this year has seen a change in our relationship, but we are taking things very slowly, as it is early days.
"We'd very much like to thank our dear friends, who have been so incredibly supportive to us.
Dancing on Ice professional Christopher Dean has confirmed a “change” in his relationship with Karen Barber.
The 52-year-old – who appears on the show with his professional partner Jayne Torvill (pictured) – and Karen issued a joint statement to the media to confirm the news after photos of them kissing appeared in the papers.
Christopher Dean dating co-star Christopher Dean is dating his 'Dancing On Ice' co-star Karen Barber.
Dean, 52, who appears on the talent show with his former Olympic skating partner Jayne Torvill, issued a joint statement to the media after photographs of him kissing ex-skating professional Karen Barber appeared in a national newspaper.
Miss Barber, 49, is a former judge on the show and now helps mentor celebrities appearing on the programme.
"We both have families with children, so we ask the media to please respect their privacy." Christopher - half of dancing duo Torvill and Dean, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics - split from his second wife, American figure skater Jill Trenary, last year, with her complaining the show kept her husband in the UK for up to six months of the year.
The couple have two sons together, Jack, 13, and Sam, 11.
“We both have families with children, so we ask the media to please respect their privacy.” Christopher Dean split from his second wife Jill Trenary in 2010.