Gorka Marquez has hailed Gemma Atkinson a ‘hero’ after the ‘frightening’ birth of their baby daughter on Thursday (4 July).
Atkinson spent two nights in hospital with the new arrival, before being allowed home on Saturday (6 July).
The pair have both taken to social media to welcome the tot, with doting father Marquez describing Atkinson as ‘a trooper’.
The 28-year-old Strictly Come Dancing professional said of his daughter: "She's incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times.
"Gemma my absolute HERO! After seeing you go through all you did to bring our little girl to life has made me love and respect you even more.
"What a trooper you are. I couldn't be more proud of you!!"
Gorka added: "Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of gem and our baby. Back home now for family time."
34-year-old Atkinson said: "And just like that, we’re a three!
"Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gorks couldn’t be happier.
"She's incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times!
"Little Miss independent already! Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of myself and my baby.
"You’re all so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had you all with me and to have been under your care these past 4 days.
"Back home now for family time and to introduce little lady to her big brothers Norman & Ollie.... Let the next life chapter begin @gorka_marquez."
Former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale star Atkinson met Marquez while participating in the 2017 series of Strictly.