Strictly’s Maisie Smith is ‘defended’ by Gorka’s girlfriend Gemma Atkinson

Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith appears to have won the support of her professional dance partner's girlfriend Gemma Atkinson.

Gemma, who is dating and shares one-year-old daughter Mia with Strictly pro Gorka Marquez, took to her Instagram stories to post what appeared to be a defence of Maisie.

The EastEnders actress, 19, has ended up in the bottom two and in the Strictly dance-off for the last few weeks, despite scoring pretty highly in her dances.

Some have cruelly accused Maisie of being too confident to be likeable, and Gemma, 34, appeared to address these claims in her Instagram post.

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez on Strictly Come Dancing
(Image: BBC/Guy Levy)

Gorka and his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson
(Image: PA)

Gemma wrote: "To the younger generation watching Strictly.

"Never ever dumb down your talent or ability or enthusiasm just to please a load of jealous people on the Internet.

"The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence."

Maisie and Gorka in the Strictly bottom two with Caroline and Johannes
(Image: PA)

Mirror Online has contacted Gemma's reps for comment.

Two weeks ago Maisie and Gorka were in the bottom two with Max George and Dianne Buswell but were saved by the judges.

Last week they went up against Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe.

The week before they were in the bottom two with Max and Dianne
(Image: PA)

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She was saved by judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Anton Du Beke, and Caroline was axed.

It came after she got great comments about her performance on Saturday, in fact the only problem the judges really noted was the fact that Gorka almost dropped her during a lift.

*Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday at 7:25pm

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