12/10/2016 13:29 BST | Updated 12/10/2016 13:34 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing': Greg Rutherford's Girlfriend, Susie Verrill, Claims Show Curse Is 'Offensive'

She even fancies his dance partner herself.

Greg Rutherford’s girlfriend Susie Verrill has blasted Strictly Come Dancing’s so-called ‘curse’, claiming the concept of it is “offensive” to the professional dancers on the show.

Over the years, many celebrities have fallen victim to the curse while appearing on the BBC ballroom competition, breaking up with their long-term partners, and getting together with their pro dancer. 

However, Susie admitted she isn’t worried about Greg’s relationship with partner Natalie Lowe, admitting she even “fancies” the dancer herself.

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Greg Rutherford with girlfriend Susie Verrill
Greg with 'Strictly' partner Natalie Lowe

Olympic long jumper Greg previously admitted his other half has encouraged him to be even sexier with Natalie

“The thing she keeps saying to me is ‘When I watch you dance I want it to look really sexy’,” he told The Mirror. 

“She says ‘I want you to really go for it’. She wants it to look like there’s serious chemistry. She actively encourages me to make it as sexy as possible. I’m like ‘okay, fine!’”

He also told The Huffington Post UK he didn’t believe in the show curse, after it was rumoured this year’s contestants would receive counselling on how not to succumb to it

“I don’t believe in curses or any of that sort of thing,” he said.

“If people want to have fun, which some people do, that’s entirely up to them. So it is what it is.”

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ continues on Saturday (15 October) at 6.30pm on BBC One. 

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