Gemma Atkinson has announced she is expecting a baby with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Gorka Márquez.
The couple, who met on Strictly in 2017 and went public in February last year, delightedly revealed the news on Friday by sharing a picture of her two dogs with signs around their necks – one of which read: ‘Guess what… Mum’s pregnant!’.
With the other pup wearing a sign saying: ‘We’re going to be big brothers!’, both Gemma, 34, and Gorka, 28, shared the same image while revealing their excitement.
Happy days! Gemma Atkinson has announced she is expecting a baby with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Gorka Márquez
Gemma wrote: ‘And what Amazing big brothers they will be! Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year. Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already @gorka_marquez’.
Rushing to celebrate with the stars was Gemma’s Hits Radio co-host Gethin Jones, who wrote: ‘So happy for you!!! @glouiseatkinson @gorka_marquez’.
Speaking to Closer Magazine last year, Gemma confessed she was keen to start a family with the hunk, saying: ‘I’d love to have a baby in the next few years’,
Just one day before, Gorka paid Gemma a huge compliment after the actress admitted her healthy physique once earned her an unfortunate nickname.
Hurrah! With the other pup wearing a sign saying: ‘We’re going to be big brothers!’, both Gemma and Gorka shared the same snap while revealing their excitement
Overjoyed: The couple were celebrating in style as they shared the news on Instagram
The former Hollyoaks star, 34, spoke out while giving fans an insight into the new home they share on Thrsday’s episode of Lorraine, as she said: ‘My nickname at school was thunder thighs. We’ve all got big legs in our family.’
However Gorka, 28, insisted Gemma’s physique was one of the attributes that caught his eye when he first met the actress during her appearance on Strictly in 2017. He said: ‘Maybe because I’m Spanish I just want a curvy woman’.
The couple also gave fans a teasing glimpse of their new home after taking their rapidly developing relationship to the next level by moving in together.
Animal mad Gemma used her pet dogs, Ollie and Norman, to make the announcement as she shared a snap with placards around their necks.
The actress previously admitted Gorka had already laid down some firm rules of his own regarding where they can and can’t go.
Happy days! The couple, who met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 and went public in February last year, delightedly announced the news on Friday
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Happy days: The couple, who met on Strictly in 2017 and went public in February last year, delightedly announced the news on Friday by sharing a picture of her two dogs with signs around their necks – one of which read: ‘Guess what… Mum’s pregnant!’
‘I’ve got two dogs and he said they shouldn’t be on the bed, but within a few hours they were back in the bedroom,’ she admitted.
Despite Gorka’s reluctance to let Norman and Ollie sleep with them, Gemma admitted he was hugely supportive of her career as an actress and presenter with Planet Radio, a role that requires her to get up at 4:15 in the morning.
‘I’m very fortunate in that I’ve got a supportive partner in Gorks when it comes to my training and my work,’ she conceded. ‘They say happy wife happy life and all that don’t they? And I think it’s true as well, for girls.’
Love story: The couple met when Gemma competed on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing while Gorka was one of the professionals (pictured on Strictly tour in January 2018)