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Gemma Atkinson says Gorka Marquez romance rumours were “awkward”

They were rumoured to be dating before romance had actually blossomed

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Gemma Atkinson has revealed her “embarrassment” over stories linking her to Gorka Marquez before they were actually a couple.

The former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks star told Daily Mail it was “awkward” to read rumours of a romance between them when nothing had actually happened.

Well, we can totally understand!

It’s well established that Gemma and Gorka became friends during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing, before friendship turned to romance during the show’s tour at the start of the year.

But rumours of a romance began well before the actual romance started. Awkward!

Gemma, 33, recalled: “It’s actually quite awkward and embarrassing because there was all this speculation that we were together when we actually weren’t.

“Obviously I liked him but we weren’t together so it was quite embarrassing to read this stuff and I thought ‘I hope he think it doesn’t come from me!'”

Gemma has often explained how she trained with her partner, Alijaz Skorjanec, while Gorka was preoccupied training with his partner, Alexandra Burke, and they only saw each other once a week at the live shows.

A friendship developed but it was only when they spent days on end together during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in January that romance blossomed.

Gemma and Gorka, 27, went public with their romance on Valentine’s Day and, since then, have flooded their Instagram accounts with cute, loved up photos and updates.

Gemma recently told The Mirror that she thinks being friends with Gorka before dating gave them a brilliant foundation for their relationship.

That being said, there are no plans for marriage just yet!

“We want to go on holidays and have a few Christmases together, we want to be a bit selfish,” she said.

“I’m not fussed about marriage. I’d go away, do it and say ‘mum I’ve got married’. To wear a diamond ring and a dress doesn’t appeal.”

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Last week, Gemma made her feelings for Gorka perfectly clear with a sweet Instagram post reflecting on the beginnings of their romance all those months ago.

Alongside a snap of the couple together, she wrote: “Who’d have thought a tipsy taxi ride after the Strictly launch party would lead us to where we are now.

“I’m so glad that on that evening you asked for my phone number, and I’m thankful you got me that much needed 2am pizza 😂 got me back to my hotel and handed me over to the girls safely and rang me in the morning checking I’d made my train back to Manchester! (I hadn’t) 🙈🤢 but hey!

“It was fun, and it led to our friendship which months later, led to our partnership. The rest they say is history and I cannot wait to see what the future holds with you Gorks!”

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