Gemma Atkinson insists the Strictly curse won't ruin her relationship with Gorka Marque

The 33-year-old British actress fell for the 28-year-old Spanish hunk after competing in the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

And while the hit BBC One show has a long, dark history of destroying marriages and relationships, Gem is sure her romance with Gorks won’t be threatened now he has been paired with 2018 co-star Katie Piper (herself married to carpenter Richard Sutton).

“Katie has a husband but even if she was single, it wouldn’t be an issue that Gorka is dancing with her. I trust him 100% and it is his job to teach someone else to dance,” the former Hollyoaks star told the Daily Star.

“He could be partnered with Miss Universe and I’d still trust him because we’ve got something so amazing,” she insisted.

In the 2017 series, Gemma was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec, while Gorka was paired with Alexandra Burke.

Gemma insists she did not have romantic feelings for Gorka until after the end of the series.

“We spent Christmas together and in February we said, ‘Let’s make something’ and it was then we had that connection,” she told the Daily Star.

Of the 2018 contestants, style expert Susannah Constantine has already joked she would run off with her dance partner, Anton du Beke.

“I am so happy I cannot tell you,” Susannah told host Tess Daly after learning she had been paired with Anton during last weekend's launch show.

“I want someone with an evil sense of humour and he has it,” she said. “We will get on like a house on fire."

She then joked: “Bring on the Strictly Curse is all I can say now I'm with Anton!”

Meanwhile, Blue singer Lee Ryan has provoked speculation he is the first to legitimately fall for the curse – after being spotted getting affectionate with his dance partner, Nadiya Bychkova (who is in a relationship with footballer Matija Skarabot).

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