Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson 'shares naughty messages with married former contestant Simon Rimmer on group WhatsApp'... as she reveals she's put on a stone since joining the show

She’s thought to be enjoying the first flourishes of a new romance with Strictly Come Dancing pro Gorka Marquez.

But Gemma Atkinson, 33, is reportedly engaging in some playful text and video exchanges with former contestant Simon Rimmer, 54, in a WhatsApp group shared by the show’s broad mix of celebrity novices and ballroom professionals.

The naughty messages are said to be a source of amusement for other members of the group as Gemma continues to win high scores on Strictly, while married Simon – who was eliminated in week five – focuses on his presenting duties with Sunday Brunch.

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Harmless: Gemma Atkinson, 33, is reportedly engaging in some playful text and video exchanges with former contestant Simon Rimmer, 54, in a WhatsApp group shared by the show’s broad mix of celebrity novices and ballroom professionals

Harmless: Gemma Atkinson, 33, is reportedly engaging in some playful text and video exchanges with former contestant Simon Rimmer, 54, in a WhatsApp group shared by the show’s broad mix of celebrity novices and ballroom professionals

Fellow former contestant Reverend Richard Coles told the Daily Star: ‘Some of the group excelled themselves when it comes to naughtiness - in particular, Gemma and Simon.

‘I couldn't possibly comment what type of videos and messages get shared, but there are eye-watering things.’

Speaking to Thursday morning's edition of Lorraine, Gemma admitted the contestants regularly stayed in touch via a WhatsApp group as she reflected on her rigorous rehearsals with dance partner Alijaz Skorjanec and surprise weight gain since joining the show.

Playful:?The naughty messages are said to be a source of amusement for other members of the group as Gemma continues to win high scores on Strictly, while married Simon – who was eliminated In week five – focuses on presenting duties with Sunday Brunch

Playful:?The naughty messages are said to be a source of amusement for other members of the group as Gemma continues to win high scores on Strictly, while married Simon – who was eliminated In week five – focuses on presenting duties with Sunday Brunch

'I had no dance experience when I started,' she said. 'Mondays and Tuesdays are worst as you have an amazing weekend and you start again as a novice but by Wednesday you start picking up the steps.'

Referring to her penchant for sugary foods she added: 'I've put on nearly a stone. He (Alijaz) doesn't put on weight but I just look at them and put on weight.?

'I like to think it's turned into muscle! I'm having the best time but its so tough. I start at 4:30am.'?

Opening up: Speaking to Thursday morning's edition of Lorraine, Gemma admitted the contestants regularly stayed in touch via a WhatsApp group as she reflected on her rigorous rehearsals with dance partner Alijaz Skorjanec

Opening up: Speaking to Thursday morning's edition of Lorraine, Gemma admitted the contestants regularly stayed in touch via a WhatsApp group as she reflected on her rigorous rehearsals with dance partner Alijaz Skorjanec

Novice:?'I had no dance experience when I started,' she said. 'Mondays and Tuesdays are worst as you have an amazing weekend and you start again as a novice but by Wednesday you start picking up the steps'
Novice:?'I had no dance experience when I started,' she said. 'Mondays and Tuesdays are worst as you have an amazing weekend and you start again as a novice but by Wednesday you start picking up the steps'

Novice:?'I had no dance experience when I started,' she said. 'Mondays and Tuesdays are worst as you have an amazing weekend and you start again as a novice but by Wednesday you start picking up the steps'?

Referring to her penchant for sugary foods she added: 'I've put on nearly a stone. He (Alijaz) doesn't put on weight but I just look at them and put on weight'?

Referring to her penchant for sugary foods she added: 'I've put on nearly a stone. He (Alijaz) doesn't put on weight but I just look at them and put on weight'?

Despite being heavily linked to Alexandra Burke's dance partner Gorka - a reported romance that is said to have enraged The X Factor star - Gemma insisted they were just close friends.?

'We're just pals, we all get on well,' she said. 'We're all like a family - I know it sounds like a cliche. We have a WhatsApp group and we all keep in contact, no one has fallen out. People love drama and romance.'??

MailOnline has contacted Simon and Gemma's representatives for further comment.

Friends: Gemma and Alijaz were in high spirits during their appearance on Lorraine?

Friends: Gemma and Alijaz were in high spirits during their appearance on Lorraine?

Setting the record straight:?Despite being heavily linked to Alexandra Burke's dance partner Gorka - a reported romance that is said to have enraged The X Factor star - Gemma insisted they were just close friends
Setting the record straight:?Despite being heavily linked to Alexandra Burke's dance partner Gorka - a reported romance that is said to have enraged The X Factor star - Gemma insisted they were just close friends

Setting the record straight:?Despite being heavily linked to Alexandra Burke's dance partner Gorka - a reported romance that is said to have enraged The X Factor star - Gemma insisted they were just close friends

Let's dance: The actress is enjoying a successful run with Alijaz on the current series of Strictly?

Let's dance: The actress is enjoying a successful run with Alijaz on the current series of Strictly?

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