Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson, 36, has revealed that she and her boyfriend Gorka Marquez, 30, are “used to time apart” because the Strictly Come Dancing professional is “always away”. The star, who shares her one-year-old daughter Mia with the dancer, opened up about the couple’s relationship and admitted they had to take “drastic measures” while Gorka competed in Strictly with Maisie Smith.
Gemma explained that they usually wouldn’t spend so much time apart, as she would normally bring Mia along on tour with Gorka for a few days so they could reunite while he’s away from home for work.
However, Strictly’s tough social distancing rules meant that Gemma and Mia were unable to see Gorka for three months towards the end of last year.
The BBC programme introduced support bubbles amid the coronavirus pandemic, which meant that one half of a dance partnership lived alone, while the other could remain with their household.
After reuniting with Gorka just before Christmas, Gemma opened up on how they “made it work” as a couple in a new interview.
Gemma added: “Usually, I’d take Mia on tour with him for a few days, it wouldn’t be a case of the drastic measures of three months apart like we’ve just done, but we also think of it like, if we got through that we can kind of get through anything.”
It comes after the mum-of-one cheekily mocked her boyfriend by sharing a photo of him napping while she was in labour in view of her 1.6 million Instagram followers.
The former Emmerdale actress and the Strictly Come Dancing professional welcomed their first baby together in 2019.
She said in a video: “Home from work, Mia’s bathed, she’s had dinner, she’s in bed.
“I’ve got a vegetable pasta, Gorks has got a prawn pasta, we’ve both got a bread roll.
“I mean, if Carlsberg did boyfriends, you’d want one like this, wouldn’t you?”
Enjoying the compliments from his girlfriend, Gorka could be seen taking a bow in their kitchen.
However, Gemma was quick to point out one of the Strictly favourite’s flaws immediately after gushing over him.
She wrote in a follow-up post: “Okay okay, he did all that lovely stuff…BUT check him out when I was in labour…”
Gemma then shared a snap of Gorka enjoying some rest while she was getting ready to give birth in her hospital bed.