Gemma Atkinson explains reason behind ’emotional’ time with Gorka as she marks special day

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Gemma Atkinson, 35, shared a series of videos with her 1.4m Instagram followers as her young daughter Mia turned one yesterday. The former Strictly Come Dancing star told fans she had “cried” while wrapping presents alongside her boyfriend Gorka Marquez, before explaining why the special day was such an “emotional” occasion.

Didnt think she’d be here at all

Gemma Atkinson

She wrote on her Instagram story: “I think I’m so emotional because of how Mia was born…

“There was a brief moment in labour that I didn’t think she’d be here at all, never mind have the most wonderful year!

“That and my period must be due because I never cry.”

Gemma joked: “Right, I’m off to eat 3 white chocolate magnums!”


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The star shares daughter Mia alongside professional dancer Gorka, who she met back in 2017 on Strictly Come Dancing.

They welcomed their first child, Mia, in July 2019, who is often featured in Gemma’s videos, as she balances being a working mum.

Gemma has previously spoken out on the “traumatic” pregnancy she endured on her personal Instagram account.

The former soap star told followers that she had suffered from a postpartum haemorrhage after an emergency C section.

Gemma reflected on what occurred after Mia’s delivery: “I suddenly felt extremely unwell. Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button.

“I was having a hemorrhage. A big one & I lost a lot of blood. 

“I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner.”(sic)

The TV star recently admitted that although she and Gorka have been together for a while, they won’t be getting married anytime soon.

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Gemma told Hello magazine that fans often pressure the couple to tie the knot, but they are “perfect” for now.

She revealed: “People are always commenting on our Instagram photos with ‘Put a ring on it’ and I think, shouldn’t you ask if I want to get married? No, I think how we are is perfect.

“We both like the fact that it keeps it fresh and keeps us on our toes,” Gemma explained.

“The fact we’re aware that either of us could walk whenever we want, it keeps us making the effort and trying to make sure we know where each other stands and how lucky we are to have each other.”


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Although marriage may be off the cards, for now, the actress has admitted that she would be keen to have another baby with Gorka in the future.

However, the rumour mill sparked up once again following an appearance on Loose Women this week where Gemma inadvertently said the word “wedding” instead of weather.

The Hits Radio host appeared on the ITV chat show to discuss daughter Mia’s first birthday plans before she made the slip-up.

Gemma explained: “We’re having a little garden party. It may have to be [in the] garden or kitchen depending on the wedding.”

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