Helen George doesn't have time for romance

Helen George has insisted the break up of her marriage has nothing to do with the "curse of 'Strictly Come Dancing'" and claimed she doesn't have time to go on any dates right now

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Helen George

Helen George

Helen George doesn't have "time" for a romance.

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' star insists the break up of her three-year marriage to Oliver Boot, which was confirmed just before she began competing in the dance contest, has nothing to do with the show.

She said: "Yes, we've separated. No, it has nothing to do with 'Strictly'. It was amicable and we're not going to discuss it publicly."

When asked if she was seeing anyone at the moment, she replied: "I don't have time to see my friends. I don't even have time to go shopping - there's no milk in my fridge!"

The 31-year-old beauty also admits time was a factor in deciding whether or not to trade in her 'Call the Midwife' costume for sequinned ball gowns.

She explained: "I was thinking I'd never do that [Strictly]. It just looked like really hard work! I thought, 'Could I? ... No I couldn't ... Or could I?' Everybody gave a resounding 'You have to do this'."

Helen - who is paired with professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec - admits they have a good bond but "really can't understand" how a romance on the show comes about.

She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "You don't know this person and then suddenly you're spending eight hours a day together in a room. We are so lucky we get on so well.

"So far, no, I really can't understand it. I'm an actress, I'm used to things being make-believe. There is a line, and it's all about the performance and the dance floor."

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