Bear­ing all? No, Gemma side­steps ro­mance ru­mours

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Chris Hast­ings

STRICTLY con­tes­tant Gemma Atkin­son yes­ter­day dodged ru­mours of a ro­mance with one of the show’s pro­fes­sional dancers.

Ms Atkin­son is said to be hav­ing an af­fair with Gorka Mar­quez – not her own part­ner on the show but that of ri­val celebrity con­tes­tant Alexan­dra Burke.

Speak­ing hours be­fore last night’s show, the for­mer Em­merdale ac­tress, 32, failed to con­firm or deny the ru­mours, say­ing: ‘I re­ally don’t want to talk about my love life, to be hon­est.

‘I don’t feel I need to re­spond to any­one about what I am do­ing per­son­ally.’

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports last week, Ms Atkin­son’s re­la­tion­ship with Span­ish­born Mar­quez, 27, has led to ten­sions on the Strictly set, with 2008 X Fac­tor win­ner Burke, 29, com­plain­ing that her part­ner is spend­ing too much time with Atkin­son rather than her, jeop­ar­dis­ing her chances in the con­test.

Ms Atkin­son, who split from a long-term boyfriend last year, in­sisted that all the con­tes­tants were get­ting on well and that she wouldn’t be put off her stride by the ru­mours about Mar­quez, who broke up with a fi­ancée last year. It was Strictly’s Movie Night last night and Ms Atkin­son dressed as a bear for a Charleston with her pro­fes­sional part­ner Al­jaz Sko­r­janec to The Bare Ne­ces­si­ties from The Jun­gle Book.

The Reverend Richard Coles opted for a dev­il­ish red out­fit for a Paso Doble to the Flash Gor­don theme. Ear­lier in the day the vicar re­vealed that he had lost a stone in weight thanks to his vig­or­ous train­ing sched­ule.

FILM FUN: Gemma Atkin­son and part­ner Al­jaz Sko­r­janec. In­set: Richard ‘Flash Gor­don’ Coles

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