Gemma Atkinson talks ‘tough’ toll Strictly takes on her as Gorka is away ‘a lot’

Gemma Atkinson has exclusively revealed that she will endure an “exhausting” time looking after her and Gorka Marquez’s two young children alone, due to her fiancé’s Strictly Come Dancing 2023 commitments.

Speaking to about the couple’s candid new docuseries for W, Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens, the former Emmerdale star addressed the challenges that Strictly season can bring.

She divulged: “Strictly is always tough, in that Gorka is away from home a lot.

“But it’s the same for a lot of families, so we just try to get on with it really,” the mum-of-two resolutely added.

Gemma recently gave birth to the couple’s second child, son Thiago, in July, while their daughter Mia is four-years-old.

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She continued: “It’s hard for Mia in the week, and, obviously, looking after her and her brother alone from August to Christmas is exhausting for me.”

Gemma, 38, who met Spanish professional dancer Gorka, 33, when she competed in the BBC competition back in 2017, quipped that the stress of taking on parenting duties solo has even taken a toll on her appearance.

The Hits Radio presenter added: “We always joke I look about 10 years older each Christmas!

“But it’s all we’ve known since we met, so I guess that’s just our family’s routine.”

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Fortunately for the busy couple, they got the opportunity to work together from the comfort of their own home for their exciting new W show.

Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens shows the stars preparing to welcome baby number two while juggling their hectic schedules.

Speaking about their motivation to film the docuseries, Gemma revealed she and Gorka wanted to provide an informative take on family life and pregnancy.

The actress shared: “We decided to do Life Behind the Lens as the W channel made it clear from the off it would be an informative documentary, and not just an at home reality.

“Along the way, we meet pelvic floor specialists, midwifery teams and GPs.”

Gemma went on to say she’s already been inundated with positive feedback from women who have credited the show for helping them through their own pregnancies.

“I’ve actually had women message me already saying how helpful they have found it throughout their own pregnancy,” the TV and radio star revealed.

Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens is available to watch now on W and on demand via UKTV Play. 

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