Helen George the bitchiest Strictly star? Not according to the entire cast

Helen George has finally silenced rumours that she is the bitchiest Strictly star ever – and the other contestants are there to back her up. In fact, she now claims that this story has strengthened their bond.

This comes after scathing reports claimed that Helen did not speak to anyone on set – except, of course, her hunky dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

The 31-year-old actress said, ‘I can’t lie – it was very hurtful. It was a real shock and I did get very upset. It was the timing of it that was really upsetting. It was Saturday morning and I was sat in hair and make-up – I knew that I had to go out and perform.

‘What is lovely though is now I feel like my friendship with the group of contestants and dancers has strengthened because everyone rallied around me.’

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Being brandished as the mean-one is never easy,  let alone it coming right before performing for the public, but luckily Aljaz waltzed in to defend her.

Writing for OK!, he says: ‘We had a really good chat and she knows it’s not true. She knows it’s just a silly article in the press.

‘Everyone that is a part of ‘Strictly’ knows that. There’s no reassurance needed, she’s nice to everyone.’

Helen has been filming the new series of the hit BBC drama ‘Call the Midwife’ while rehearsing for Strictly, so with that schedule, we think we can forgive her if she wasn’t all smiles and sweetness the whole time – it must be exhausting!

Even so, her dancing ability certainly isn’t suffering, with her quickstep receiving a leaderboard-sharing 35 points.

Hopefully she can finally dance away from this trouble and continue to be, as Craig Revel Horwood proclaimed, ‘Fab-u-lous.’

Tom Capon