Strictly’s Gemma Atkinson laughs off Simon Rimmer ‘affair’ rumours

Gemma Atkinson has laughed off the idea she and Simon Rimmer were Strictly Come Dancing’s ‘secret couple’.

It was reported last year that two Strictly Come Dancing stars had enjoying a secret fling backstage.

The two unnamed stars were said to have had “an instant connection” on 2017’s series.

What apparently originally started as a “flirty friendship” turned into “something more”, claimed sources behind the scenes.

“One weekend, once filming on the BBC show had ended, they gave into temptation,” the Daily Star newspaper reported.

A Strictly spy told the tabloid: “Everyone will be asking: ‘Whodunnit?’ It’s a great guessing game for everyone. The thing is the names will be quite an eye opener if they ever do leak out.”

There had been rumours on Twitter that Gemma and Simon were the ‘secret couple’.

But she laughed off the idea, saying: “You’ve just got to take it with a pinch of salt. With anything that goes on, you can’t really look at it in any specific way. We’re all used to it now.”

Gemma told the Daily Star: “Me and Simon are great friends. I’m friends with his wife as well, which made the whole thing funny.”

Gemma made the comments as she heads out on the road for Strictly Come Dancng’s live tour.

Fresh from a Christmas break following last year’s TV series, a select bunch of the 2017’s contestants are putting their dancing shoes back on again.

They’ll be taking Strictly across the country as they show off their newly learned skills to thousands in person on the live tour.

The Strictly tour line up was revealed last year, made up of Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec; Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez; Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton; Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova; Joe McFadden and Katya Jones; Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice; and Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse.