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Strictly's Gorka Marquez makes emotional confession ahead of Gemma Atkinson's due date

The Strictly Come Dancing couple will soon be welcoming a baby boy

Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson BRIT Awards
Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
April 25, 2023
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Gorka Marquez is a firm favourite on Strictly Come Dancing, and with that comes a demanding work schedule which sees him on the road for many weeks at a time. 

The professional dancer, who has appeared on the BBC show since 2016, has spent the past few months on tour with fellow pro Karen Hauer and will soon feature in the Strictly Professionals tour in May. 

shirtless gorka marquez on beach holiday with gemma atkinson in bikini and daughter mia
Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez with their daughter Mia

During an impromptu Q&A session on Instagram, the 32-year-old confessed the hardest thing about his busy workload is spending so much time away from his loved ones – fiancée Gemma Atkinson and their daughter Mia. 

One fan asked: "Do you find it really hard leaving Gemma and Mia?" To which, Gorka replied: "Yes!!! And more Mia gets older." 

It's an exciting time for the young family as Gemma is due to welcome their second child – a baby boy – towards the end of June or the beginning of July. 

Asked about her due date, Gemma told fans on Tuesday: "I've been asked this a lot but I've specifically asked for a time frame instead of a due date for a few reasons… 1. I think we become too obsessed with that one day.

Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson sat with Mia© Instagram
Gorka and Gemma will soon be expanding their brood

"2. If there arrive before or after that day we start 'they are late or early panic / anxiety'. So with that in mind I've asked for a 'timeframe'.

"I've been told any time from the back few weeks in June to the front few weeks in July he could be coming. Happier me that way as I'm more chilled and accepting of he'll come when he's ready." 

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The former Hollyoaks actress shared news of her pregnancy back in January with a series of touching photos. Alongside the pictures, she gushed: "Impossible to hide my belly any longer. I've officially 'popped.' Our baby boy will be joining our family later this year.

"We feel so incredibly blessed and grateful to be on this journey again. Mia is absolutely thrilled! Although we may need to do some negotiating on names, as so far she's adamant he's going to be called Barbie."

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