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Strictly Come Dancing’s Gemma Atkinson insists she’s friends with Alexandra Burke – despite singer’s rift with partner Gorka Marquez over his romance with actress

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.

 Gemma Atkinson has insisted she is still friends with Alexandra BurkeFlynet 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.

 Alexandra is said to be furious with her Strictly partner Gorka Marquez for romancing GemmaGetty Images – Getty Alexandra is said to be furious with her Strictly partner Gorka Marquez for romancing Gemma  Alex is said to be concerned the relationship will mean Gorka isnt focused on their efforts in the competitionWARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Alex is said to be concerned the relationship will mean Gorka isnt focused on their efforts in the competition

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 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."

 Alexandra has admitted she shouts at Gorka in rehearsals as she wants them to do wellGetty 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 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’.”

  • Topics
  • Strictly Come Dancing 2017
  • Alexandra Burke
  • Gemma Atkinson
  • Gorka Marquez

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