‘We weren’t together on the show’: Gemma Atkinson admits she only started dating Gorka Marquez AFTER Strictly

Safeeyah Kazi
Confirmed: The pair announced their romance on Valentine's Day

Strictly Come Dancing’s Gemma Atkinson has opened up about her romance with Gorka Marquez, insisting that the pair “weren’t together on the show”.

The Hollyoaks actress confirmed the couple’s romance in an adorable Valentine’s Day snap last week after much speculation.

The new couple posed in a photo showing them holding hands on the beach, captioned: “Fridays by the sea”.

Speaking about the new romance to Manchester Evening News, she said: "Obviously we worked together I've known him for six months now.

Atkinson also posted her own snap from the night out, showing her cradling Marquez’s head alongside Strictly co-stars and married couple Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara.

But after weeks of keeping quiet the Hollyoaks actress finally confirmed the romance in a sweet post of the pair resting their heads on each other on holiday.

"During the show we only saw each other at weekends everyone was saying 'oh they're together' but we genuinely weren't.

“We just went for coffee and stuff on Sundays, not every Sunday, you can't get to know someone just by seeing them at weekends."

She added: "It was only when the tour started that we saw each other all the time and we thought oh ok this could work, and it did, and it does so far!"

When asked what she admires about her other half 33-year-old Atkinson said: "He's very funny, I like the fact that he's funny he makes me laugh and because he's in London and I'm in Manchester I think that's a good thing because you both have to make an effort to see each other."


Atkinson also posted her own snap from the night out, showing her cradling Marquez’s head alongside Strictly co-stars and married couple Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara.

But after weeks of keeping quiet the Hollyoaks actress finally confirmed the romance in a sweet post of the pair resting their heads on each other on holiday.

She continued: "When you're not working with someone it's very convenient and easy I'm very aware of that and when you're separated that's when you have to make the effort and it's sweet that's nice."

Speculation about the pair’s relationship was first sparked when they were spotted getting close on the BBC ballroom show last year.

Suspicions grew when Marquez posted a cosy-looking selfie on his Instagram account last week, alongside the caption: “You say what..?”.

Atkinson also posted her own snap from the night out, showing her cradling Marquez’s head alongside Strictly co-stars and married couple Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara.

But after weeks of keeping quiet the Hollyoaks actress finally confirmed the romance in a sweet post of the pair resting their heads on each other on holiday.