Strictly fans left emotional as Gorka Márquez reassures Helen Skelton after her split

Strictly Come Dancing fans were left feeling emotional after Gorka Márquez sweetly reassured his celebrity partner Helen Skelton on tonight's show.

Gorka, 32, and Helen, 39, performed an incredible Paso Doble which saw them win huge praise from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood.

After receiving their scores, host Claudia Winkleman began chatting to the pair and Gorka soon asked if she could quickly say something to his partner.

The dad-of-one turned to Helen and sweetly reassured her as he told her she is "inspirational" and an "amazing woman" despite the difficult time she has been going through over recent months.

He said: "I know you've been having a difficult time. I know you have, basically, been made to feel like you're not beautiful, or good enough or anything.

"But if you don't believe in yourself, I believed in you. Everybody here believes in you. Your family believes in you," the Spanish professional dancer told Helen.

He concluded his speech by stating: "You're an amazing woman. Very inspirational. An amazing mum and dancer."

Gorka's comments come after Helen split from her husband Richie Myler earlier this year after 11 years together.

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Richie left the family home in April, just four months after he and Helen had welcomed their third child.

Reports soon broke that Richie is in a new relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, and over recent days it has been reported that the pair are expecting their first child together.

Many Strictly fans praised Gorka for his comments and took to social media to gush over the sweet moment.

"Gorka is just so lovely trying to help Helen with her confidence," one person tweeted, while another added: "Lovely words from Gorka. Helen is amazing. She deserves to be told she is."

"Well said Gorka Helen you are amazing and an absolute role model to your children Xxx," a third viewer wrote. A fourth said: "I'm sorry but I love Gorka saying all that about Helen! what a man!"

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays on BBC One.


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