Bear­ing all? No, Gemma side­steps ro­mance ru­mours

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Chris Hastings

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

Gemma is ac­cused of hav­ing an af­fair with Gorka Mar­quez – not her own part­ner on the show, but that of ri­val celebrity con­tes­tant Alexan­dra Burke.

Speak­ing just hours be­fore last night’s show, for­mer Em­merdale ac­tress Gemma, 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, Atkin­son’s re­la­tion­ship with Span­ish-born 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 com­pe­ti­tion.

Atkin­son, who split from a long-term boyfriend last year, in­sisted 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 fi­ancee last year.

It was Strictly’s Movie Night last night and Gemma 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 had joked he had lost a stone in weight thanks to his vig­or­ous train­ing sched­ule.

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

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