Lee Ryan dances round Strictly clinches

SINGER IN­SISTS HE ISN’T DAT­ING SHOW PART­NER Gemma jeal­ous at Al­jaz

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Sarah Robert­son by Ja­nine Yaqoob TV EDITOR

LEE Ryan yes­ter­day in­sisted his re­la­tion­ship with stun­ning TV dance part­ner Nadiya By­chkova is noth­ing but Strictly pro­fes­sional.

The Blue singer hit back by declar­ing his love for on-off girl­friend Sa­man­tha Miller – post­ing a snap of them to­gether on his In­sta­gram page with a heart face emjoi.

It came af­ter Sa­man­tha ear­lier re­sponded to pic­tures pub­lished show­ing Lee and Nadiya look­ing cosy with the re­mark: “I’ve got a thing for gen­uine peo­ple.”

Pro­fes­sional dancer Nadiya and Lee were snapped hold­ing hands while out and about in Lon­don’s Prim­rose Hill – just a week af­ter they be­gan re­hearsals lead­ing to claims the Strictly curse had struck again.

Lee, 35, was also spot­ted with an arm wrapped around her whilst nuz­zling the cheek of the 29-year-old Ukrainian, in a re­la­tion­ship with foot­baller Matija Skarabot. But he hit back at the claims with his In­stra­gram post of Sa­man­tha and him shop­ping to­gether, which he cap­tioned: “@miss­saman­tha­jeny If you can’t laugh, you’ll cry.”

Per­sonal trainer Sa­man­tha “liked” the post, while Lee an­swered “no babe” to a fan who asked if he and Nadiya were dat­ing.

Sa­man­tha, 34, has son Rayn, nine, with the for­mer singer and Easten­ders ac­tor with whom she has been in an on-off tem­pes­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship since meet­ing on Mys­pace in 2007.

He pro­posed on their sec­ond date and she gave birth to Rayn in Novem­ber 2008.

As­sault

How­ever, the cou­ple sep­a­rated in 2009 af­ter he was charged with as­sault. She asked for the charges to be dropped be­fore rekin­dling their ro­mance.

The pair then fell out again in 2014 when Lee grew close to both Casey Batch­e­lor and Jas­mine Waltz in the Celebrity Big Brother house, but this sum­mer things were back on again with Lee post­ing gush­ing posts to Sam on his so­cial me­dia ac­count, say­ing he loved her.

Sa­man­tha has pre­vi­ously said of Lee’s be­hav­iour in the past: “What­ever he’s done he is the fa­ther of my child. I will al­ways love him.” GEMMA Atkinson is not jeal­ous at Strictly lover Gorka Marquez danc­ing with Katie Piper – but has a prob­lem see­ing her old show part­ner Al­jaz Sko­r­janec dance with BBC news­reader Kate Sil­ver­ton. The ra­dio host, 33, who started dat­ing pro dancer Gorka af­ter last year’s se­ries, said:”i’m more jeal­ous of Al­jaz danc­ing with a new celeb than Gorka. He got the part­ner he wanted – I’m happy for him. See­ing Al­jaz with some­one else is like he’s cheat­ing on me.“Ra­dio host and for­mer Emmerdale star Gemma, a run­ner-up last year, also said she avoids danc­ing with Gorka, 28, as he is too good.

Ex­pe­ri­ence

She said: “I watched him on a cruise and I go, ‘You’re re­ally good’. He was like, ‘What did you ex­pect?’ It’s be­cause I’ve never re­ally seen him dance. We’ve never danced to­gether.” Gemma also hit back at crit­ics who called this year’s Strictly line up Z-list. “In a few weeks, they’ll know them all,” she said. “It’s not about the money, it’s about the ex­pe­ri­ence.” And she re­vealed she has tried to set up sin­gle ra­dio co-host Gethin Jones, 40, with her mates. Gethin said: “I’m made to feel I’m weird be­cause I’m sin­gle. So many peo­ple I know have set­tled for the wrong per­son and they’re not happy in. I’d rather be like this. I’m dat­ing. A lot.” Gemma and Gethin host Manch­ester-based Hits Ra­dio’s break­fast show on week days, 6am-10am.

LOVED UP: Lee’s snap of him and Sam CLOSE: Lee & dancer Nadiya, right, cud­dle HOT TO TROT: Gemma with Strictly pro Gorka NEW PAIRINGS: Gorka & Katie and, be­low, Al­jaz & Kate

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