The pair were linked earlier this year, and rumours were fuelled even further when Gemma enjoyed dinner with the 43-year-old sportsman last month.
The former Hollyoaks actress shared a photo on Instagram on October 10 which showed her having a meal with Ryan and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Aljaž Škorjanec.
However, appearing on Gemma’s Key 103 radio breakfast show yesterday, Ryan addressed the speculation once and for all.
“Me and Gemma have been friends for a long time,” the former Manchester United star said, before teasing her and adding in jest: “And you know, as if!”
Laughing at is joke, Gemma responded: “Oh cheers!” and revealed they have been friends for ten years.
“Anyone I hang about with of the opposite sex people say I’m going out with. Whenever we all go out together as friends people say we’re in a relationship,” she continued.
Gemma is no doubt referring to the rumours that she is enjoying a Strictly romance with professional dancer Gorka Marquez.
It has been reported in recent weeks that Gorka’s partner Alexandra Burke isn’t happy about their relationship.
However, all three stars have rubbished these claims with 29-year-old Alexandra saying: “There have been stories in the newspapers that we’ve fallen out, which are just ridiculous.
“We are such close friends, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a connection with someone like this before.”
Both ladies will take to the dance floor once again tonight as they compete for the chance to dance in Blackpool next weekend.
Alexandra and Gorka will do the Argentine Tango to Mi Confession by Gotan Project, while Gemma and Aljaž will dance the Viennese Waltz to You Don’t Have To say You Love Me by Brenda Lee.
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6:45pm on BBC One.
Published at Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:49:00 +0000