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Strictly star Georgia May Foote's boyfriend on 'Strictly' curse - 'It's rubbish'

Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 30/09/2015 | 11:02

Georgia May Foote with dance partner Giovanni Pernice during dress rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Georgia May Foote with dance partner Giovanni Pernice during dress rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

Former Coronation Street actor Sean Ward has hit back at reports that he was worried about the "Strictly curse" and his girlfriend, Georgia May Foote.

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Reports suggested that Ward was "upset" after Foote's Strictly Come Dancing debut, which saw her doing a jive that included a cheeky "peck" from professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015
Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015
Georgia May Foote (left), Paula Lane (centre) and Tisha Merry (right) arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 9, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ TV Choice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Georgia May Foote arriving for the 2013 British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester.

But talking to ITV's Lorraine Kelly, Ward said: "Oh. ignore that, it's rubbish. Like I haven't seen their jive before they did it? If I'm worried about the jive, what about the pasodoble?"

He pointed out that they are both in the acting business, and added: "That curse of Strictly rubbish happens with sports personalities ... as actors we're used to it."

The much-referred to "Strictly curse" has seen marriages and relationships ruined when celebrities fall for their professional dance partners.

The curse has supposedly blighted contestants' relationships, with Countdown host Rachel Riley splitting from her husband to start a relationship with dance partner Pasha Kovalev; Susanna Reid separating from partner Dominic Cotton weeks after finishing her stint on Strictly; and Joe Calzaghe confirming he was in a relationship with dance partner Kristina Rihanoff after splitting with his girlfriend.

Sean Ward and Tina O'Brien rehearsing thrilling fight scenes which will be aired in the first part of the Coronation Street Live episode. (ITV)
Sean Ward and Tina O'Brien rehearsing thrilling fight scenes which will be aired in the first part of the Coronation Street Live episode. (ITV)
The villain, played by Sean Ward, was the bookies' favourite to be killed off and within minutes his former girlfriend Kylie Platt had left him lying in a pool of blood after a blow to the head with a wrench.

Ward's Corrie character, Callum Logan, was killed off during the nailbiting live episode last week.

The live spectacular was part of ITV's 60th birthday celebrations, and fans saw Callum meet a grim end at the hands of Kylie Platt.

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