Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez’s relationship timeline from meeting on Strictly to their recent engagement

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Gemma Atkinson, 36, and Gorka Marquez, 30, reportedly hit it off after a group rehearsal during Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 for the 15th series of the show.

Since confirming their romance months later, the couple have gone from strength to strength, sharing sweet selfies on Instagram and even welcoming their first child together.

Here, we look at Gemma and Gorka's timeline of their romance, from first meeting on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 to their relationship now.

How did Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez meet?

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In Autumn 2017, Gemma had just quit her role of Carly Hope in Emmerdale, which she told the Sunday Post was “one of the toughest decisions” she’s made.

However, moving from the soap world to competing on Strictly Come Dancing opened new doors for Gemma.

The actress was partnered with Strictly professional Aljaž Skorjanec and the pair even managed to reach the final of the show.

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Gemma’s now-boyfriend Gorka was partnered up with singer Alexandra Burke during the same series. However, that didn’t stop romance rumours from swirling between the two.

Throughout the reality dance series, fans speculated Gemma and Gorka were dating, which wasn’t helped by the two stars sharing photos of one another on their social media pages.

In November 2018, while Strictly was in full swing, Gemma admitted that while the pair weren’t involved at the time, they hadn’t ruled out the possibility of a romance in the future.

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Gemma told The Sun that the couple may start dating “once the series if over, but not right now”.

Then, in December, Gemma once again denied romance rumours and said she’d love to date a “nice fella” but was single at the time, in an interview with Women’s Health.

The dating rumours continued after the series of Strictly Come Dancing ended as the couple were spotted kissing in January 2018 after Strictly Come Dancing ended and an insider revealed the pair were dating.

When did Gemma and Gorka confirm their romance?

Gemma and Gorka finally went public with their relationship in February 2018, following months of speculation.

The couple confirmed their romance by sharing an image of Gemma snuggled into Gorka's face. Days later the couple shared a photo of themselves sitting on a beach with their backs to the camera and Gemma leaning on Gorka’s shoulder on Valentine’s Day.

Sharing the photograph on her Instagram page, Gemma said: “Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentine’s Day.” Gemma finished the caption with a kiss emoji and tagging Gorka’s profile.

Gemma then confirmed the romance during an interview on Key 103’s breakfast show and insisted that while she was competing on Strictly Come Dancing they were “genuinely” not together because they just saw one another at “the weekends”.

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The former Hollyoaks actress revealed that it was only when the Strictly tour began that they “saw each other all the time and we thought, ‘Oh, OK this could work’ and it did and it does so far!”

The couple’s relationship then developed with them jetting off on holiday and them spending their first Christmas together.

When did Gemma and Gorka announce they were having a baby?

In February 2019, Gemma and Gorka confirmed the happy news that they were expecting their first child together. The couple announced the pregnancy news with an adorable photo of their two dogs wearing a sign around each of their necks. The first sign on the left read: “Guess what… Mums pregnant.” And the second sign said: “We’re going to be big brothers!”

Posting the photo on his Instagram account, Gorka added: “@glouiseatkinson Thank you for the greatest gift in life.

"Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Baby Marquez! Norm and ollie can’t wait to start their big brother duties.” [sic]

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Gemma then gave birth to baby Mia in July. A few days after welcoming their first child into the world, Gemma and Gorka announced the arrival of their child, confirming that Gemma gave birth on 4 July 2019.

Unveiling the happy news, Gemma said on Instagram: “And just like that, we’re a three! Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gorks couldn’t be happier.”

However, it wasn’t until days later that the couple shared the first photo of their daughter and confirmed her name as Mia Louise Marquez.

Responding to speculation about why they kept fans waiting, Gemma said: “To people asking why we haven’t posted any pictures. We just want our family and friends to come over and meet her first, that’s all. It’s important for me that they all get a hold and a cuddle first.”

Will Gemma and Gorka get married?

Gemma revealed that she was engaged to Gorka after he popped the question on Valentine's Day.

The former Hollyoaks actress announced the happy news on her Instagram feed with a snap of herself and Gorka enjoying the chilly British weather outside, and on her finger was a big diamond sparkler.

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In the caption, she wrote: "Valentine’s forever… Of course I said yes," followed by a red heart emoji.

Gorka also took to his Instagram page to share the news with his 650,000 followers, sharing the same picture of them.

He captioned it: "The best day with my forever Valentine’s," with a black heart emoji.

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