Strictly’s Helen admits ‘it’s difficult without Gorka’ as she gets new partner

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Helen Skelton shared the news that she'll be partnering up with professional dancer Kai Widdrington as fans tease she's in a "love triangle" after ditching previous partner Gorka Marquez.

Helen will be returning to the Strictly dance floor with Kai and six of her fellow celebrities, Hamza Yassin, Fleur East, Will Mellor, Molly Rainford, Ellie Simmonds and Tyler West for the Strictly Live Tour.

On leaving Gorka, who she made it to fourth place with in the 2022 series of the BBC show, Helen told the Sun that they were still "good friends".

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"It's really difficult not to be with Gorka because we're such good friends," she admitted. "I've been asking him for advice a lot, so it feels like he's here. I'd have loved for him to do it, but it's almost like he's in the group."

Helen added that she's sure Gorka, who's opted to spend time with his family instead of touring, will be in the audience watching, before explaining that the change in partner's didn't faze her too much.

"It's such a tight knit group in the studio anyway. We all talked and all had a laugh," she explained. "So it's different, but it wasn't a worry and like 'oh my god what's going to happen."

Helen continued: "We knew each other from the series, we all hung out and spoke a lot. I was very lucky Kai was able to do it."

While the 39-year-old danced her heart out on the show, she was dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, as it was revealed former husband Richie Mayler had been cheating on her.

Helen announced in April last year that the marriage had ended and Richie address his followers after receiving a barrage of negative comments on social media.

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