Alexandra Burke denies rift with Strictly dance partner
Alexandra Burke has denied that she has fallen out with her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Gorka Marquez over his rumoured romance with fellow contestant Gemma Atkinson.
Burke said there is "no truth to any of it" and that she finds reports of a feud "heartbreaking" to read about.
The former X Factor star told ITV's This Morning: "There is no truth to any of it and... because we are all having such a wonderful time, and all the pros and celebs, we all get along like a little family - to read that is actually quite heartbreaking.
"It's hurtful to read things like that that aren't true, but then you have to go, 'It's the nature of the beast and unfortunately these things happen'."
Marquez confirmed he recently had breakfast with Atkinson, saying: "Yeah, I did, it's just like a friends' breakfast."
"The only time I have, I spend it with her (Burke); after that I don't want to do anything, I just go home and rest for the next 10 hours ... she's the only woman in my life right now," he added.
The dancing duo scored an impressive 39 points from the judges on last weekend's show, with their Cha Cha impressing across the board.
Burke revealed that during rehearsals she completely froze, so she was shocked that it went so well when the time came.
"That is why my reaction to our scores on Saturday [was like that], that was real because I actually just forgot everything in the dress run and just stopped," she said.
"The band carried on, Gorka, of course, carried on, and I literally just stared at him for about eight counts or so, and I just stood there and he kept going and I was like, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry' and all I could do was just say sorry to him because I had no idea what I was doing."
The pair is now working on the first Argentine tango of the series, with Burke saying: "We are already kicking each other, bruises all over our legs, we've stepped on each other's feet.
"He's never thrown me around before, the way he's about to do in this choreography, and we are now getting to know each other's body weight together. We've never had to do that yet so now we have the opportunity to display that side to us."
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.45pm.