Strictly: Gorka says being away from Gemma Atkinson is ‘hard’
Gemma Atkinson, 36, has taken to Instagram to respond to fans who have been asking how she’s doing without her boyfriend Gorka Marquez, 30. The former Hollyoaks star opened up on taking care of the couple’s baby daughter Mia by herself while Gorka is away competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2020 with his partner Maisie Smith.
Although Gemma admitted she is doing well “on her own”, she said she is missing her professional dancer beau and is looking forward to him returning home.
The star wrote in view of her 1.5 million followers: “Favourite part of the day. Smothered in coconut oil and lay in bed.
“I haven’t seen Gorks for 67 days now. To some that’s ages, to others it’s nothing. We all have different circumstances & situations.
“I get lots of msg from ppl asking how I’ve coped juggling mum & work life alone. I try to read them all.”(sic)
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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. I’ve always been good on my own though too,” she divulged.
The Hits Radio presenter added: “That’s not to say I don’t miss Gorks, I miss him terribly & I can’t wait to have him home.
“But I’ve lived alone since I was 17, and since we met our jobs have always taken one of us away for a few wks at a time.
“I find what works for me is sticking to a routine that I know keeps me mentally strong.”
Gemma went on to tell her followers how she keeps herself busy while Gorka is working on Strictly, revealing she aims to exercise every day in order to give her “best self” to Mia and her two pet dogs, Norman and Ollie.
She continued: “I train daily. Anything from weights to yoga to a 20 min stretch or dog walk. I eat foods that I know will give me energy & keep me going.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s now more than ever I need to keep on top of ‘my schedule’ to ensure I give my best self to Mia, norm & olli, and my work.”
Gemma added: “I said from the start my 2 options are either let the time pass positively by being active, sticking to a routine & ploughing on.
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“Or let the time pass feeling sorry for myself all over the place wallowing. Times gonna pass regardless so I choose to use it as best I can.”
Gemma also insisted she feels grateful in the knowledge that she “has someone to miss”.
The star concluded: “That’s not to say I ain’t knackered on some days but I carry on because thats my situation.
“We can’t always control our situations, but we can control how we react to them, and I choose to react with happiness in knowing that I have someone to miss, that I have someone coming home to me soon and that my someone is doing what they love whilst helping to provide for us.
“I know from my DMs many parents do it alone full time, and to you guys, I salute you.
“Keep going! Do your little ones and yourself proud. You’re stronger than you think,” she added.
In order for this year’s Strictly to take place during the coronavirus pandemic, all of celebrities taking part have formed a bubble with their professional partner so they can get close on the dance floor.
As a result, this has meant some stars have been separated from their families, including Gorka.
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