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Losing a parent is something you never truly get over. It’s a heartbreak that stays with you forever. And one person who knows that feeling all too well is Gemma Atkinson.

The actress penned a heartfelt note to her dad who would have been celebrating his 70th birthday today.

Alongside a series of family snaps, Gemma penned a message about her dad that will leave you feeling teary eyed.


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She wrote, “My Dad would have been celebrating turning 70 today. I often wonder how he’d look as an older man.”

“My last memories were of him young, strong, carefree and fun! It breaks my heart that he won’t get to meet little Mia, but the Atkinson Gene is strong, and her certain expressions remind me of him daily,” she shared.

The mum, who welcomed her daughter Mia in July, expressed her hopes for her daughter in the touching letter.

“I hope Mia has the same bond with Gorks as what we had… I had 17 Incredible years with him and for that I’m forever grateful,” she continued.


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Gemma added, “Happy Birthday Dad! The castle in the sky will be lit up celebrating for you tonight I’m sure.”

Pass the tissues. Gemma’s open letter has left us feeling super emotional. We adore how open the mum is.

There’s no doubt millions of us are missing those we lost on the run up to Christmas.


Huge congratulations are in order for Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez who have welcomed their first child together.

The new parents welcomed a baby girl on Thursday, July 4.

The pair, who met on Strictly Come Dancing, announced their wonderful news on Instagram.


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Gemma wrote: “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.”

The new mum couldn’t help but gush about their baby girl, “She’s incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times! Little Miss independent already!

“Thank you SO much to the midwives, nurses and doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of myself and my baby,” the actress added.


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“You’re all so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had you all with me and to have been under your care these past four days,” said Gemma.

The mum confirmed that both her and her baby have returned home, “Back home now for family time and to introduce little lady to her big brothers Norman & Ollie.”


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“Let the next life chapter begin, Gorka,” she added.

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka couldn’t help but praise his partner after she gave birth to their daughter.

He took to Instagram to gush about his girls, “Gemma, my absolute HERO! After seeing you go through all you did to bring our little girl to life has made me love and respect you even more. What a trooper you are. I couldn't be more proud of you!”

We cannot wait to find out what name the doting parents will pick for their baby girl.


They are the sweetest couple who seem to be going from strength to strength.

And now the pair, who met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, has taken the next step in their blossoming relationship.

They are moving in together in Gemma's hometown of Manchester. 

They announced the news on Instagram Stories, with snaps captioned ''Moving day.''

They posted from their cars as they headed up to Manchester to start their new chapter.  

Gemma can be seen saying, ''We need to teach you some lingo. You need to say ‘alright kid’.”

Her Spanish dancer and choreographer boyfriend then tried to imitate Gemma's accent.


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Gemma and Gorka were rumoured to be romantically linked all through the series but said that they were just friends.

They confirmed their relationship when the show was over and now it looks like they are truly loved up – good luck to them in their first home together.


Just hours after performing on Strictly Come Dancing last Saturday night, Gorka Marquez was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Blackpool.

According to emerging reports, the professional dancer, who was partnered with Tameka Empson, was with fellow dancers Alijaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones when he was attacked by a group of individuals.

Speaking to The Sun, a friend of the popular dancer explained: "Gorka and a few of the other dancers were heading to a nightclub to let their hair down after another brilliant show."

"All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere," the source continued. "One of them punched Gorka in the face and broke two of his teeth."

Confirming the incident, a spokesperson for the show said: "Gorka was sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident in Blackpool on Saturday night but he will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend."

Stunned by the incident, Gorka's friend expressed disbelief, saying: "This was an entirely random and shocking attack on a group of friends simply trying to enjoy a night out."

According to a source close to Gorka, the dancer, who returned to London for dental treatment, is equally stunned by Saturday night's attack, saying: "He wasn't angry, he was just more shaken by the event."

It is understood Gorka will be returning to scheduled training in preparation for the show's Christmas special.