Gemma Collins’ Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

Gemma Collins’ Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers has defended the diva, revealing the truth about those ‘nap’ rumours.

The show’s host, Holly Willoughby, accused Gemma of being "unprofessional" when she believed the GC took a nap backstage rather than heading back on the rink for a final pose with her skating mates.

But Matt has tried to clear up the rumours, saying Gemma is totally committed to the show.

He told ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, when asked if she was dedicated: "Absolutely, I mean, I’m on my way into work right now and she is about 15 minutes behind me.

Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

Gemma Collins and Matt Evers on the ice
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Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

Gemma and Matt gave it their best shot
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"She’s coming into the rink today, we have a double session planned. We had Tuesday off, so I haven’t seen her yet this week."

The question then turned to the nap question, and Matt fiercely defended his skating celeb.

He continued: "She did not have a nap, we all want to take a nap on Sunday because we’re there all day for rehearsals. First thing in the morning we do camera blocking… by the time the show starts at 6pm, you’re exhuasted.

Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

She was happy after her first dance
(Image: Matt Frost/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

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"We weren’t performing a competition number on Sunday… after the group number she thought she was free to go. She got a text from her car saying it had arrived, and she asked somebody if she could go and they said, ‘yeah, you’re done.’

"She didn’t have a nap, I wish we could have a nap on Sundays!"

Matt also seemed to confirm rumours that Gemma’s routine set to hit the ice on Sunday will be "Marilyn Monroe-themed," meaning it may be that the audience see a little more than they bargain for if the fans get blowing.

Gemma Collins' Dancing on Ice partner Matt Evers reveals truth behind diva claims

Gemma performed in a group dance with other skaters – but left early
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And, with Gemma and Matt only just starting their rehearsals, Gemma’s day of getting her hair made over makes perfect sense, as she had a day free to rest and relax.

Dancing on Ice airs at 6pm on Sunday, and Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.

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