Strictly: Maisie Smith performs the Samba with Gorka Marquez
Gemma Atkinson, 36, and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 30, have been living apart for over a month due to coronavirus rules on the show. While he remains in the competition with Maisie Smith, 19, he isn’t allowed to mix with others and is currently living alone.
I miss him terribly & I can’t wait to have him home
The couple started dating after meeting on the BBC dance show in 2017 and share one-year-old daughter Mia together.
Earlier this week, Gemma told fans how she had been coping fine on her own, but was missing her partner “terribly”.
In view of her 1.5 million followers, she wrote: “I get lots of msg from ppl asking how Ive coped juggling mum & work life alone.(sic)
“I try to read them all.
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“Firstly, my family are close by and help me massively! Mia’s Nana & Grandad are incredible and I couldn’t do it without them.”
Gemma went on to say she had been coping fine alone, due to living on her own since the age of 17.
“That’s not to say I don’t miss Gorks, I miss him terribly & I can’t wait to have him home,” she added.
“Since we met our jobs have always taken one of us away for a few wks at a time.(sic)
“I find what works for me is sticking to a routine that I know keeps me mentally strong.”
The fitness fanatic has been keeping busy with her daily workouts, dog walks, Hits Radio job and being a mum to Mia.
She went on to say: “I said from the start my 2 options are either let the time pass positively by being active, sticking to a routine & ploughing on.
“Or let the time pass feeling sorry for myself all over the place wallowing.
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“Times gonna pass regardless so I choose to use it as best I can.”
Gorka and Maisie are still in the running to win this year’s Glitterball trophy on the show.
This week, the pair have been giving fans an insight into their rehearsals ahead of performing a Viennese Waltz and Couple’s Choice routine.
On Tuesday night, the dancer said the duo were still training at midnight.
Elsewhere, Gorka has also expressed how much he is missing Gemma.
Alongside a picture of the pair on his Instagram page, he wrote: “@glouiseatkinson 336h until I am back!!
“Make the most of having the bed to yourself #missyou.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7pm on BBC One.
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