I’m A Celebrity’s Emily Atack was once furiously confronted by her Dancing On Ice partner’s wife over claims she was having a fling with him.
According to reports, the I’m A Celeb finalist – who tonight has a shot of being crowned Queen of the Jungle – found herself getting too cosy with her co-star Fred Palascak when she was on Dancing On Ice in 2010.
Fred’s wife Mel Lambert, who was also a dancer on the ITV show, reportedly pulled Emily up on her flirty behaviour at the DOI end of series wrap party in a furious showdown, after weeks of gossip and rumours that the dance couple were getting closer than they should.
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Emily Atack with her 2010 Dancing On Ice partner Fred Palascak during the live tour
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Emily reportedly became ‘obsessed’ with Fred – prompting his wife Mel to take her to task
"At the party, Emily was a little tipsy and very flirtatious," a source told the Sun On Sunday .
"Mel had seen enough and told Emily to leave her husband alone.
"Mel then turned to Fred and said ‘me or her’. He chose his wife. Emily left in tears with her mum. This was in front of everyone, it was very public, and a very awkward situation all round."
According to the newspaper, Emily became "obsessed" with professional skater Fred from their very first meetings and "couldn’t hide her feelings".
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Emily and Mel had a mortifying showdown at the wrap party
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DOI professional Mel confronted Emily
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They were spotted hanging out in the canteen or backstage, where Emily would stroke his arm and "hang off him", the source said.
"Emily was young and very sexy, wearing figure-hugging dresses and there was real electricity between her and Fred. He was the most handsome man on the set," they continued.
"But Emily made a scene and eventually Mel couldn’t avoid what happened. There was a showdown and Emily lost out on what she thought could have been the love of her life."
At one point, the set was awash with rumours that a runner had caught Emily and Fred in a "clinch" in a dressing room – and Mel was forced to confront the Inbetweeners actress, who was aged 20 at the time.
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According to a source, Emily would ‘hang off’ Fred backstage
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"Everyone at the show — staff, skaters and production crew — were talking about what was going on and it was excruciating for Mel," the insider added.
Emily and Fred were seen leaving a London nightclub together in February 2010, and a week later, the actress was voted off the show following an intimate last dance with her partner.
She returned for the series wrap party, which is reportedly where Mel lost it in front of the cast and crew.
Emily was then invited to join the four-week Dancing On Ice live tour, where she was reunited with Fred for one small dance number – but he mostly performed with Mel.
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There was a rumour on set that the pair had been caught in a clinch in a dressing room
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The whole scandal "created real tension" for everyone else on the tour, said the source.
Emily went on to have a brief romance with Strictly Come Dancing love-rat Seann Walsh, who himself was at the centre of a scandal back in October when he was caught on camera snogging his married dance partner Katya Jones while in a long-term relationship with Rebecca Humphries.
Since then, she’s mostly stayed single, but admitted to the Mirror ahead of her I’m A Celeb stint that she would "never say never" to finding herself a jungle romance .
ITV refused to comment on the fling claims, while Emily’s own reps did not respond to Mirror Online’s repeated requests.