Gemma Atkinson confirms she’s dating hunky Strictly dancer Gorka Marquez

Rumours have been swirling for months that they were dating, and former Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez have confirmed that they are a couple.

The handsome pair have chosen Valentine’s Day to go public with their romance much to the delight of their fans.

Sharing a photo of the pair snuggling up in the sunshine on holiday Gemma said: “Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentines Day.”

And Spanish dancer Gorka shared the same photo on his Instagram with the words “Happy Valentine’s day!” next to a heart emoji.

Eyebrows were raised when it was noticed that hunky Gorka and Gemma had both jetted off to sunnier climes after the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour had come to an end – and it turns out they’re on their hols together.

During the Strictly tour the pair were spotted on a string of food dates and they shared images on their social media together as they headed across the UK.

Despite the romance rumours linking her to Gorka, who danced with singer Alexandra Burke on Strictly last year and on the tour, the Bury actress and Key 103 radio presenter previously insisted she was “resolutely single.”

Gemma, who performed with Aljaz Skorjanec, has spoken in the past of how she was constantly having to rebuff romance rumours with male friends, saying: “Anyone I hang about with of the opposite sex people say I’m going out with.”

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec on Strictly
(Image: BBC)

Back in October Gemma, 33, said the only thing she and Gorka had shared was a recipe for guacamole, but admitted that she did rather like him.

“I think he’s absolutely brilliant and we are getting to know each other, but for now the main focus is dancing,” she said.

Fans were delighted by the news that they are together, with one follower writing to Gemma: “Sooo happy for you both!!”

And another commented: “The cuteness is just too much!”

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