GEMMA Atkinson has insisted she is still friends with Strictly Come Dancing co-star Alexandra Burke – despite her rift with Gorka Marquez.
The Sun's Bizarre column revealed earlier this week that the singer is furious with her hunky Spanish dance partner for embarking on a romance with former Emmerdale actress Gemma.
Flynet Pictures Gemma Atkinson has insisted she is still friends with Alexandra Burke
The pair revealed tensions have grown so high during their rehearsals they have been embroiled in full-blown screaming matches.
Gemma, 32, is partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, 27, but last month The Sun revealed she had clicked with Gorka the moment they met in group rehearsals.
Sources on the BBC1 show have already said X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra, 29, is furious with Gorka, 27 claiming he is not focusing on dancing with her.
But despite the tension between the dance partners, it hasn't spilled over into any animosity between the women themselves.
Speaking to the Mirror, Gemma said: "We all message each other in the week on WhatsApp and send each other funny pictures and videos.
“We’re all so focused on our dances that we haven’t got time to fall out. Gorka’s priority on the show is getting Alexandra through week by week, the same thing Aljaz has.
“My focus is pleasing Aljaz, it’s the same for every couple.”
However Gemma did admit romance could well and truly be on the cards for her and Gorka.
Gemma is paired with Aljaz Skorjanec on the show
She added: "I think he’s absolutely brilliant and we are getting to know each other, but for now the main focus is dancing.”
Asked if anything could happen once the show ends, she coyly replied: "We’ll see."
Getty Images – Getty Alexandra has admitted she shouts at Gorka in rehearsals as she wants them to do well The pair have been wowing viewers with their routines so far this series
While things are all good between the girls, Gorka and Alexandra have been quite open about how heated things can get in the training room between them.
Gorka said: “She shouts more to me than I shout at her. She brings the beast out of me.”
Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez dance the Tango on Strictly Come Dancing
And in an exclusive interview, Alexandra said: “He’s scared of me. There was one time that he stopped mid-dance and I shouted and I screamed at him saying, ‘You are meant to be a pro, don’t ever stop’. He was like, ‘Whooah, OK girl. I will never stop again’.”
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