Strictly star Maisie Smith’s dance partner Gorka Marquez is being kept on his toes – by her mum.
Julia has been texting him for updates on her daughter.
The EastEnders star, 19, has been putting in the hours after landing in the bottom two twice.
Maisie said her mum had been “non-stop messaging”, adding: “If I don’t
reply within five minutes she messages Gorka.”
The pro said that Julia “was so proud of her and she just wanted to see her smile again. It was very sweet”.
Maisie also said her Strictly fame is at a “different level” from playing Tiffany in the BBC One soap.
The star recently hit headlines as she admitted there had been an “instant connection” with Strictly co-star HRVY.
She also hasn’t ruled out a potential romance in the future.
Sparks have been flying between the pair as they continue to battle it out for the trophy.
The pair have even exchanged some flirty messages on social media but have so far maintained that they are just friends.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, the EastEnders star has finally admitted that she has enjoyed getting to know the musician.
However, she went on to suggest that it might just be platonic for now.
“It’s a weird one. We get along so well – there was an instant connection between us – and I knew straight away that we would be friends,” Maisie told the publication.
“Yes, there’s been ‘flanter’ [flirty banter], but I think it’s platonic.”
Maisie – who had faced several dance offs during her appearance on the BBC show so far – went on to reveal that there is some ‘harmless flirting’ between the pair behind the scenes.
Maisie continued: “We have such a laugh and, of course, there has been a bit of flirting… but it’s been harmless! I’ve not been thinking about boys at the moment. I haven’t had time. I’ve been liking getting to know him.”
Maisie’s latest admission comes as the pair continue to fuel rumours that they could be getting close while they compete on Strictly Come Dancing.
Just days ago, Maisie and HRVY were pictured in high spirits as they were pictured leaving the Strictly studios within minutes of each other.
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