Strictly star Gemma Atkinson speaks out following Nikita Kanda ‘feud’ rumours

Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson has shut down claims regarding a reported "feud" with her fiancé's dance partner Nikita Kanda.

Gemma, 38, first met her fiancé Gorka Marquez during the 2017 series of the dance show. But during a recent episode of Strictly It Takes Two, Gemma appeared to be in full support of Gorka's partnership when he appeared on the show with Nikita.

Reports recently claimed that something was brewing after Gemma had not followed Nikita back on Instagram. However, Nikita currently follows and likes all of Gemma's posts on social media.

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Commenting on the social media discrepancy, a Strictly fan shared their thoughts with The Sun. They allegedly said: "It's so weird that Gemma isn't following Nikita – especially as Nikita likes all of Gemma's posts."

Despite this, the former Hollyoaks actress shared a snap of Gorka and Nikita on her television screen on social media. She captioned the post: "Team Gorkita" along with a hands-up emoji.

Radio host Nikita became the ninth celebrity announced to join the 2023 line-up of Strictly Come Dancing. The star is best known to fans for working as a presenter on BBC Asian Network where she hosts her breakfast show.

Speaking about joining the hit dance show last month, she said: "I can't believe I'm going to be on Strictly. This is a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself.

"I don't think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dancefloor. I can't wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!"

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While appearing on Strictly's It Takes Two this week, Nikita said she will be dedicating her dance to her mum. Nikita and Gorka will be dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies.

She said: "I'm dedicating this one to my mum. She's the single woman in my life, she brought me and my sister up on her own.

"So this one is going out to all the single parents out there that has done everything for their kids. I feel like this is the perfect tribute to my mum."

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