Gemma Atkinson has denied rumors surrounding her relationship with fiancé Gorka Márquez.
The former Emmerdale star and long-serving Strictly Come Dancing professional met during the 17th series of the BBC reality show, and later welcomed two children, four-year-old Mia and six-month-old Thiago.
Gorka is currently traveling between the UK and her native Spain, where she is a judge on their version of Strictly, Bailando Con Las Estrellas, with tabloid reports last month claiming the pair were going through a “difficult time” as a result.
However, appearing on Wednesday’s edition of Lorraine, Gemma insisted the rumors were not true.Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Márquez at last year’s Pride Of Britain awards
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“I understand that people find it strange that we’re apart so much, but that’s how it’s always been since we met,” he insisted.
“Every year I know between August and Christmas, and Gorka knows, he doesn’t know where he’s going.”
Gemma continued: “Because I’ve done Strictly and I know that side of things, this doesn’t surprise me.
“Army wives, their partners are away for six or seven months and they say I’m complaining because I’m alone for three weeks – but actually I’m having the best time.”
“I think the great thing about me and Gorka is that he’s great on his own, I’m great on his own, but together, it’s unstoppable,” added Gemma.Gemma and Gorka in England 2019
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The pair previously laughed off the rumors in an Instagram post last month, while Gemma also told her followers: “(Rumors like this) happen all the time. That is not true. I think it’s because he works a lot.
“He left on Friday afternoon and came back on Sunday morning. He rarely develops overseas, right? Crikey, less than 48 hours.
“If anything, it gives me a little peace at the weekend. No offense, Gorks. Yes, he’s overseas, but you know what I mean.
Lorraine airs every weekday from 9am on ITV1.