Strictly: Maisie Smith performs the Samba with Gorka Marquez
Gorka Marquez is a well-known part of the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers having first joined the show in 2016. This year alongside EastEnders star Masie Smith Gorka has reached the semi-finals with the pair set to dance the Viennese Waltz alongside a dance of their choice. But what is known of Gorka’s relationship with girlfriend Gemma?
How long have Gorka and Gemma been together?
Gorka and Gemma first met in 2017 when Gemma competed on Strictly Come Dancing.
The Strictly pro joined the series a year prior in 2016 as he danced with EastEnders star Tameka Empson.
Although on the 2017 series Gorka and Gemma were not partnered up together instead Gemma danced with Aljaz Skorjanec with Gork paired with singer Alexandra Burke.
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Gorka and Alexandra made it to the final of the series but came in runner up to former Holby City actor Joe McFadden.
He and Gemma later announced they were dating the following Valentines Day in 2018.
Talking of how they first hit it off Gorka admitted it wasn’t until after Strictly that they started dating.
He explained last year on Loose Women: “Well it wasn’t until after Strictly finished that we started to hang out properly together because strictly time we didn’t see each other.
“[on the show] we are just very focused with your celebrity partner or your professional partner.”
Gemma added: “I was up north Gorka was in London as well.”
Gorka continued: “But then when we were on tour we started to spend a lot of time together we both love training, love go for brunch so that’s how everything started.”
They also have welcomed their daughter Mia together, who was born in July of last year.
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During the latest series of Strictly Gorka has had to isolate away from Gemma and their daughter Mia and has posted of missing them on his social media.
Last week Gorka shared a snap of him and Gemma to Instagram as he counted down the days until they are reunited.
The Strictly dancer wrote: “@glouiseatkinson 336h until I am back!! Make the most of having the bed to yourself #missyou.”
Gorka also missed Gemma’s Birthday amid the series of Strictly and shared a sweet birthday message to Gemma on Instagram, saying: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!!
“Sad I can’t be there to celebrate with you and Mia your day like you deserve.
“You are the most amazing mum and girlfriend in the world! Kind, funny, humble, caring, talented, strong and I am so grateful to have you by my side.
“I’m sorry I can’t give you a birthday kiss but you have my kisses forever TE AMO. Feliz cumpleaños @glouiseatkinson.”
Strictly Come Dancing will air tonight on BBC One at 7pm.
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