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Strictly's Gorka Marquez counting down the days until he is reunited with Gemma Atkinson

The professional dancer is still in the competition with Maisie Smith

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Gorka Marquez is desperately missing his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson and their baby daughter Mia - so much so that he is counting down the days until they will be reunited!

Taking to his Instagram page on Tuesday evening, the Strictly Come Dancing star shared a heartwarming picture of his loved ones, and wrote: "26 days... [heart emojis] @glouiseatkinson."

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The post comes days after Gorka and his celebrity dance partner Maisie Smith found themselves in the dance-off for the second time in a row. Despite consistently receiving high scores from the judges, the pair have been in the bottom two more than once.

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Upon seeing the post, Gemma remarked: "Counting them down." Various Strictly professionals were quick to comment, with Oti Mabuse writing: "Omg you're counting them."

One follower sympathised: "I cannot imagine how hard it is being away from your gorgeous family. Just try and remember the strictly team are making so many people smile on Saturday nights." Another said: "I think the public are trying to get you back to them quickly."

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The dancer shared this sweet snap

Over the past few weeks, Gemma has been spending time at home with her daughter Mia, with the pair sitting down every Saturday night to watch Gorka take to the dancefloor with his celebrity partner Maisie.

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Earlier this month, the professional dancer apologised to Gemma as she spent her 36th birthday without him due to his Strictly schedule and coronavirus restrictions. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!!" he wrote. "Sad I can't be there to celebrate with you and Mia your day like you deserve. You are the most amazing mum and girlfriend in the world! Kind, funny, humble, caring, talented, strong and I am so grateful to have you by my side.

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The couple are doting parents to little Mia

"I'm sorry I can’t give you a birthday kiss but you have my kisses forever. TE AMO. Feliz cumpleaños @glouiseatkinson [I love you, happy birthday in Spanish]."

Gemma and Gorka met on the set of Strictly back in 2017, but the pair kept their romance under wraps until the series ended. They welcomed little Mia in 2019 and have moved into a new house together – so there's no denying that two years on, the gorgeous couple are still going strong.

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