Gemma Atkinson FaceTimes Gorka’s Strictly partner Helen as she brushes off curse

Gemma Atkinson FaceTimes Gorka’s Strictly partner Helen as she brushes off curse


Back in 2017, Gemma Atkinson was a Strictly Come Dancing finalist herself when she was partnered up with Aljaž Škorjanec. Now, in a new interview with OK!, the presenter has opened up on her thoughts on fiancé Gorka Marquez being partnered up with Helen Skelton.

The actress is clearly delighted about Gorka’s celebrity partner for this series as she told us: "We’ve FaceTimed a few times. It’s been absolutely lovely. I know they are getting on so, so well in rehearsals.”

Helen, 39, lives in Leeds with her three children – Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and baby Elsie – while Gorka and Gemma are in Greater Manchester with their three year old daughter Mia.

And mum of one Gemma, also 39, is hoping she’ll be able to see a bit more of her fiancé, 32, during the week.

“He’s been able to be home in the week and he’ll be home every Sunday as well. We’re lucky really," Gemma said.

“He has to do a lot of choreography. He was playing me the music the other day for his Week 2 dance and I was saying, ‘Oh my gosh, you should do this and have her doing this, pick her up.’

"He was like, ‘Just calm down, I’m the choreographer, not you.’ I think I get more excited than him by it!”

It comes after a source close to Gemma says she’s hoping to build a friendship with Helen, whom she described as having a grounded nature.

"A lot of Gemma's mates were wondering if she would be worried about the Strictly curse but she laughs it off and just wants to embrace Helen into the family and support her," a source told heat.

"Gemma doesn't want the endless speculation about the curse, she absolutely trusts Gorka and thinks that Helen is a sweetheart.

"She's being extremely positive and encouraging of the pairing and wants them to go all the way."

Ahead of Helen and Gorka's first Strictly performance, the former Emmerdale actress gushed over their dance.

"C'mon!!! Go out there and shine Helen!" wrote Gemma. "You're gonna have the most amazing time on Strictly! Will be rooting for you both.”

Helen quickly replied to Gemma in the comments: "We need a wine xxx," while hubby to be Gorka added: "Love you baby!!

Gemma and Gorka began dating after they met on the dancing show in 2017. But after getting close on the show, they officially got together while on the 2018 annual tour.

Gemma and Gorka are now engaged and share their three-year-old daughter Mia together.


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