Gemma Atkinson has invited Helen Skelton to her house in the hopes of squashing the infamous “Strictly Curse” rumours that seemingly spring up each time a new series comes out.
The former Emmerdale actress is engaged to professional dancer Gorka Marquez who this year has been paired with TV presenter Helen Skelton on Strictly Come Dancing.
But the 36 year old actress is not one to buy into the Strictly curse rumours and instead is looking to be friends with her partner’s dance partner.
The Strictly curse is the idea that anyone dancing together during the show will ultimately cheat on their partners.
Sources close to Gemma say she’s hoping to build a friendship with Helen, 39, 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,” an Insider told Heat Magazine.
They continued: "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."
Following the first episode, Gemma posted a gushing tribute to Gorka, 32, and Helen, who danced the American Smooth for judges Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.
She wrote to her 1.8m followers: "C'mon!!! Go out there and shine Helen! You're gonna have the most amazing time on Strictly! Will be rooting for you both.”
Helen replied to the cute photo with “we need a wine xxx” alongside a series of heart emojis.
“Love you baby!!” Gorka wrote.
Fans also congratulated the pair on a great first dance, with one writing: "Loved it Helen and Gorks. You're my favourites."
Another penned: "We're all routing for you Helen, you have so much to offer the world do not let the past steal your future. They say things happen for a reason & I believe it's because it’s your time to shine.”
The former Blue Peter presenter also posted a touching tribute to her Spanish dance partner, telling her 347k followers that he’s a “master of his craft.”
She wrote: “Credit where it’s due … this one @gorka_marquez deserves kudos for not only getting me around the dance floor …. But on it in the first place. Grateful Mr M. You’re a master at your craft and a belter of a pal.
“To all the families holding down the fort behind the scenes…. We are grateful. Pretty sure I will owe my parents Christmas in the Caribbean by time this is over.”
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