'I think she's beautiful': Strictly's Gorka Marquez admits he's attracted to Gemma Atkinson as he insists the pair are 'just friends'... despite claims they're 'secretly dating'
Gorka Marquez has admitted he is attracted to Gemma Atkinson.
Yet whilst the pair were said to be 'secretly dating' after hitting it off during Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals, the 27-year-old Spanish dancer has claimed that this isn't the case.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he revealed: 'We are just friends.'
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Still single: Gorka Marquez, 27, has shot down rumours of a romance with Gemma Atkinson, 33, but has admitted he is attracted to the 'beautiful' soap starlet
However, the ballroom expert admitted that he is attracted to the Hollyoaks stunner, 32, adding: 'We hang out together and do some workouts and I think she is beautiful.'
The reports came after Gemma - who is partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec - was said to have left fellow contestant Alexandra Burke, 29, 'furious' by the alleged relationship, as the singer is partnered with Gorka and is worried it could impact her chances of winning.
A source told The Sun: 'Gorka and Gemma are together. It’s the talk of the make-up room.'
'Beautiful': Gorka said of the stunning soap star 'We hang out together and do some workouts and I think she is beautiful'
They added: 'Not surprisingly, Alexandra is furious about how it might impact her chances of winning. She’s very ambitious and is nervous about it all.'
A spokesperson for Gorka told MailOnline: 'Gorka and Gemma hang out together and go to the gym together, but nothing beyond that at the moment!'
MailOnline has contacted Gemma and Alexandra representatives for comment.
Fuming: Alexandra Burke was said to be 'furious' by the reports her Strictly Come Dancing partner Gorka Marquez is 'secretly dating' Gemma Atkinson
New flame? Gemma reportedly struck up a romance with Gorka Marquez after meeting on Strictly Come Dancing - despite insisting she has 'no time for a relationship'
Cute couple: Alexandra is happily loved-up with boyfriend Josh Ginelly
The romance rumours came after Gemma told OK! Magazine that she wasn't looking for love on the dancefloor and said she barely sees Gorka.
She said: 'The last thing I'm looking for at the minute is a boyfriend. I'm happy to be the crazy dog woman with meals for one. They're like my kids.
'There was an online poll that asked who I should get with and they said Gorka, so it started from there! I've only seen him for the launch and live shows. He's a friend and the only thing we've shared is his guacamole recipe.'
Happy: Gemma previously said 'The last thing I'm looking for at the minute is a boyfriend. I'm happy to be the crazy dog woman with meals for one. They're like my kids'
The former Emmerdale beauty also weighed in on the 'Strictly curse', saying it won't strike her and partner Aljaz Skorjanec, who recently wed Janette Manrara, because they are friends who sit around 'burping' together.
She said: 'I thought it would be [awkward] but it's not like that with Aljaž because he's my mate.
'Hopefully the dance will look intimate when necessary but before and after rehearsals we're sat around eating Nando's, burping and having a laugh.'
Friendship: The former Emmerdale beauty also weighed in on the 'Strictly curse', saying it won't strike her and partner Aljaz Skorjanec, who recently wed Janette Manrara, because they are friends who sit around 'burping' together
The star, who is known for her dedication to fitness and her natural lifestyle also opened up about one Strictly essential, the spray tan, saying she opts for a quirky vegan version.
She said: 'We all smelt like digestive biscuits because that's what fake tan smells like. I had to ask what was in it because I don't want chemicals on my body, but it's a vegan spray tan, so it's all good.'
Gemma will return to Strictly next week with partner Alijaz for a Movie Special.
The fourteen remaining couples will be dancing to some of the most iconic movie tracks when the Strictly returns to the BBC on October 7.
Shimmy: Gemma will return to Strictly next week with partner Alijaz for a Movie Special
Keeping it casual: Gemma was rocking a low-key denim jacket for her outing
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