Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson, 36, has revealed that she and her boyfriend Gorka Marquez, 30, are “used to time aside” as a result of the Strictly Come Dancing skilled is “at all times away”. The star, who shares her one-year-old daughter Mia with the dancer, opened up in regards to the couple’s relationship and admitted they needed to take “drastic measures” whereas Gorka competed in Strictly with Maisie Smith.
Gemma defined that they normally wouldn’t spend a lot time aside, as she would usually deliver Mia alongside on tour with Gorka for just a few days so they may reunite whereas he’s away from dwelling for work.
However, Strictly’s robust social distancing guidelines meant that Gemma and Mia have been unable to see Gorka for 3 months in the direction of the top of final 12 months.
The BBC programme launched assist bubbles amid the coronavirus pandemic, which meant that one half of a dance partnership lived alone, whereas the opposite may stay with their family.
After reuniting with Gorka simply earlier than Christmas, Gemma opened up on how they “made it work” as a pair in a brand new interview.
She defined: “Since we bought collectively, Gorka’s at all times been away or I’ve at all times been away.
“So I believe that is a part of why our relationship works so effectively as a result of we’re used to time aside.
“I’m superb on my very own, Gorka is excellent on his personal however we’re even higher collectively.
“So we have at all times sort of made it work as a tag workforce.”
Although they’ve discovered a means to deal with juggling their work commitments and household life in recent times, Gemma revealed Gorka struggled when he needed to go away her and Mia when the infant had simply been born.
She divulged: “When Mia was solely three days old, he needed to go away on tour and he was devastated as a result of he was away for 2 weeks.
“But that is simply what it’s. It’s his job. He loves dancing.
“So we simply take advantage of it.”
Gemma added: “Usually, I’d take Mia on tour with him for just a few days, it would not be a case of the drastic measures of three months aside like we have simply carried out, however we additionally consider it like, if we bought by way of that we will sort of get by way of something.”
It comes after the mum-of-one cheekily mocked her boyfriend by sharing a photograph of him napping whereas she was in labour in view of her 1.6 million Instagram followers.
The former Emmerdale actress and the Strictly Come Dancing skilled welcomed their first child collectively in 2019.
She mentioned in a video: “Home from work, Mia’s bathed, she’s had dinner, she’s in mattress.
“I’ve bought a vegetable pasta, Gorks has bought a prawn pasta, we’ve each bought a bread roll.
“I imply, if Carlsberg did boyfriends, you’d need one like this, wouldn’t you?”
Enjoying the compliments from his girlfriend, Gorka could possibly be seen taking a bow of their kitchen.
However, Gemma was fast to level out one of many Strictly favorite’s flaws instantly after gushing over him.
She wrote in a follow-up put up: “Okay okay, he did all that pretty stuff…BUT test him out after I was in labour…”
Gemma then shared a snap of Gorka having fun with some relaxation whereas she was on the point of give start in her hospital mattress.