Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson ENGAGED! Dancer and actress announce proposal on Valentine’s Day three years after meeting on Strictly Come Dancing
Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson have announced their engagement.
The ballroom dancer, 30, and the actress, 36, took to Instagram on Valentine’s Day to reveal the happy news, as Gemma flashed her new diamond sparkler.
Gemma captioned the snap ‘Valentine’s forever… Of course I said yes’ with Gorka sharing an identical snap with the line: ‘The best day with my forever Valentine’s. I asked and she said YES!!!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.’
Yay: Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson have announced their engagement (pictured 2019)
The pair were quickly congratulated by celebrity pals including Oti Mabuse, Mollie King and Candice Brown.
The pair first met during the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing – where Gemma was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec and Gorka with Alexandra Burke.
Both pairings made the final – with romance rumours flying between Gorka and Gemma.
They confirmed their romance as they celebrated their first Valentine’s Day together in 2018.
Smitten: The ballroom dancer, 30, and the actress, 36, took to Instagram on Valentine’s Day to reveal the happy news, as Gemma flashed her new diamond sparkler (pictured 2019)
The couple are parents to daughter Mia, 20 months.
Gorka was separated from his partner and daughter during the 2020 Strictly series – due to COVID-19 regulations.
In December, he reunited with his daughter Mia and girlfriend Gemma Atkinson on Sunday, 78 days after leaving them to enter the BBC show’s COVID-19 bubble.
The professional dancer appeared overcome with emotion as he held onto his daughter tightly in a series of heartwarming Instagram snaps.
Gorka was seen sporting a taupe tracksuit and khaki beanie hat in the images which he captioned: ‘HOME ♥️’.
Home is where the heart is: The couple are parents to daughter Mia, 20 months
Cute: The couple took to Instagram to share romantic snaps of the moment
Toddler Mia bore a striking resemblance to her mother Gemma, 36, as she rocked a full head of blonde hair and wrapped her arms around her father.
His Strictly comrades expressed their fondness over the sweet moment, as judge Motsi Mabuse penned: ‘We are counting the hours.I can’t stop crying this picture ❤️❤️❤️.’
Dancing With The Stars winner Pasqua Le Larocca wrote: ‘What a picture. ❤️ pure love,’ while fellow professional dancer AJ Pritchard and 2020 contestant Max George appreciated the post through a series of love hearts.
First meeting: The couple met on the 2017 series of Strictly where Gemma was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec and Gorka with Alexandra Burke
Due to the pandemic, Gorka was forced to spend time away from his family so he could participate in the 2020 production of Strictly.
In an interview on It Takes Two on Friday, the pro dancer revealed his struggle at being separated from his girlfriend and daughter while training for the show, and admitted he sometimes questioned his decision.
TV host Rylan said: ‘Gorka, you’ve had two months away from your family as well, we know how much you love them.
‘Surely getting to the final now with Maisie going the full way is a little bit of a consolation for it?’
The Spanish dancer replied: ‘Obviously there were times where I thought, “What am I doing? Why am I not going home?” It’s very hard to be away from Gemma and Mia.
‘But coming into the studio every day and to have [Maisie] there pushing and smiling trying to be her best, it pays off.’
Trying to turn his sadness into a positive, he added: ‘I am just grateful she’s in the final and hopefully it ends on a happy ending for you.
‘We can get that trophy for you and it would be my way to thank her for the work.’
Valiant effort: He and his celebrity dance partner, Maisie Smith, 19, placed as runners-up on the 2020 final of Strictly as Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse walked away victorious
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