Strictly's Gorka Marquez quizzed on Gemma Atkinson romance rumours

Gorka Marquez

Strictly pro Gorka Marquez has been quizzed on those Gemma Atkinson relationship rumours.

Gemma and Gorka, who is partnered with Alexandra Burke, are said to have grown close on the BBC One series.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning today alongside Alexandra, Gorka found himself firmly questioned on the backstage speculation by hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

After snaps of himself and Gemma enjoying an apparently romantic breakfast together were revealed, Gorka was asked if there was anything going on between the pair.

And just what they had been up to the night before...

"It was just a friends breakfast," Gorka insisted.

He explained: "The only time I have I spend it with Alexandra. After that I don't want to do anything. Just rest for the next ten hours of rehearsals.

"She is the only woman in my life right now."

It was claimed earlier last month that Gemma and Gorka's apparent closeness was causing tension backstage.

Apparently, Alexandra wasn't happy with him spending time with Gemma, who is partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec.

A source claimed: "It's a sore point for Alex, who wishes she — and their dancing — was his sole focus. It really irritates her to see him flirting with Gemma."

The insider added to The Sun newspaper: “Alex is at heart a nice girl but has an unshakeable competitive streak.”

Appearing on TV today, Alexandra said: "We're all having such a wonderful time. we're like a little family, so it is quite heartbreaking.

Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke

"It is hurtful to read because its things that aren't true. But it is the nature of the beast."

Gorka added: "I wish they could have cameras behind the scenes so they could see how much fun we have together."

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 continues Saturday night on BBC One.

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