Strictly Come Dancing: Debbie McGee has spoken out about her feud with Alexandra Burke [BBC]
Debbie McGee has a busy time coming up with Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals taking up a lot of her time as she prepares for a stint in pantomime too.
However, as she readies herself for the Strictly semi-final on BBC this weekend, the former magician’s assistant has had to speak out about her ongoing feud with Alexandra Burke.
The dancing rivals have been rumoured to be at loggerheads with the X Factor winner’s attitude being at the centre of attention recently.
Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke has had a poor reception from fans [BBC]
Writing in her column for the Telegraph, Debbie said: “There have been stories about Alexandra and I feuding, and you do find it hard to deal with because it really is all fiction.
“There’s nothing that I’ve read that’s been true. At first we laughed about them, but as it goes on, I’ve stopped reading things.
“When you’re going through grief [as Alex is], you don’t feel as strong as you once were. Some things have affected me more since Paul died. We’re now in week 12, so I can relate to Alex’s comments about things taking their toll.”
The Strictly Come Dancing star, who is partnered with Gorka Marquez on the show, has been hit by a barrage of mean comments claiming her tears were “fake” after she got emotional on a number of occasions during the show.
Strictly’s Alexandra Burke feels too ‘self conscious’ to cry now [BBC]
Alexandra has had a tough time in recent week and reacted to the comments about her being fake – and now feels like she can’t express her true emotions because of them.
“Twitter seems to have given people permission to be incredibly hurtful,” Alexandra told Radio Times. “They don’t seem to realise that I have feelings and get upset.
“The saddest thing is that I started the show completely myself – my joy and my tears were 100 per cent genuine, however much people said they were fake – but I’m now so self-conscious, I try not to react at all in case people say, ‘Oh, look, here are the fake tears again’.
“I have struggled with some of the public reaction. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
Alexandra Burke, pictured with Gorka Marquez, often cries on the BBC show [BBC]
Fans have flocked to Twitter to defend the Hallelujah singer – who recently lost her mum – and blasted trolls for trying to ‘drag her down’.
“Horrible people! @alexandramusic is a lovely and caring lady anyone could meet xx,” one wrote.
“Loving @alexandramusic @bbcstrictly you and @gorkamarquez1 are amazing please ignore the trolls you have lots of support go get that glitter ball girl,” another commented..