Sunday 22 September 2019

Alexandra Burke on her boyfriend’s Strictly support: He totally gets it

The star has also said her mother – who died in August – is “watching over” her on the show.

Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Alexandra Burke has said her boyfriend fully supports her appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and spending as much time as she does in the arms of another man.

Burke is partnered with professional dancer Gorka Marquez on the BBC One series, and she has said her partner of 18 months, stage manager Josh Ginnelly, “totally gets it” and that the two men have become friends.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Burke added: “Josh understands what my career is about. He wants to be involved.

Alexandra Burke

“In the green room, it’s Josh and Gorka in the corner talking.”

The 29-year-old singer said that she thinks her mother is “watching over” her as she takes part in the show.

The pop star’s mother Melissa Bell, of Soul II Soul fame, died on August 28, the day the Strictly launch show was filmed.

Burke said: “I’m feeling all kinds of weird feelings. One minute I’m really happy and then I’ll see a picture or smell something that reminds me of her and it takes me all the way back.”

Burke, who rose to fame as the champion of The X Factor in 2008, added that her mother instilled within her a drive to succeed.

“My mum raised me to be the best me I can be and keep strong,” she said.

“She’s my motivation to get out of bed and to go to the dance studios to rehearse for 10 hours.

“You never know how long you will last, so to still be a part of it is a dream, an absolute dream.”

She added that “it would mean everything to me to get to the end” of the series.

Burke has also revealed that she is hoping to finally work on a new album, which she has delayed due to being busy with other projects.

Hello! magazine

“I want to get back into the studio. I’m yearning to sing,” she said.

“I was 20 when I won The X Factor. I’m not singing about bad boys anymore, I’m singing about being heartbroken. That, for me, is real.”

:: Read the full article in Hello!, out now.

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