Gemma: I’m all about dance... not ro­mance

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - Act­ing TV Edi­tor

BY JA­NINE YAQOOB,

GEMMA Atkin­son has hit back at reports she is dat­ing Strictly’s Gorka Mar­quez, in­sist­ing she is fo­cused solely on the danc­ing.

Ap­pear­ing to shoot down claims she has found ro­mance with the 27-year-old Span­ish pro, the ex-Em­merdale ac­tress said: “I’ve had to talk about who I’m dat­ing for 15 years.

“I’m used to it. It’s nice to find out on telly or in the papers who I’m dat­ing. There have been so many things said about all of us. We’re all so fo­cused we haven’t re­ally time to pay at­ten­tion to any­thing said out­side.”

Work­ing hard to per­fect her moves, gym fa­natic Gemma, 32, says she is the only celeb not to lose weight on the BBC show.

She ad­mit­ted: “All I do all day is eat. I’m so hun­gry be­cause of the ex­er­cise, so I’m eat­ing a lot more than usual. I like to think I’m a lot fit­ter car­dio-wise be­cause I’m do­ing eight hours a day train­ing.” For last night’s movie week, Gemma and part­ner Al­jaz Sko­r­janec danced the Charleston to Jun­gle Book song The Bare Ne­ces­si­ties.

And the soap star in­sisted she would rather be known for get­ting the steps right than look­ing sexy. She said: “Ob­vi­ously a lot of peo­ple are say­ing, ‘Oh sexy out­fits’.

“But I’d rather be in the papers for my dance steps and the chore­og­ra­phy.” It was ironic Ruth and An­ton danced to Di­a­monds Are For­ever be­cause she def­i­nitely needed more sparkle.

But the rumba is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult and she looked fan­tas­tic

I could tell they were go­ing for a classy rou­tine rather than any­thing more sen­sual but Ruth re­ally strug­gled. She didn’t re­spond to An­ton’s hip ac­tion and there was so much dry ice I couldn’t see her feet.

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