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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.


2000 books signed today by @glouiseatkinson means 2000 cuddles from me

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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.


Whether you're taking the leap and getting a new place with your other half, or just letting them share the rent on your current place, moving in together is a HUGE leap.

Yes, it means no more living out of a rucksack as you spend the night at his place, and no more robbing his toothbrush because you forgot yours AGAIN.

But it also means sharing your personal space with another living, breathing (possibly snoring) human.

Here are a few things that will most definitely happen when you decide to co-habit…

1. You'll realise just how many clothes you have
"So I'll take the wardrobe, and this hanging rail, and you can have this… drawer?"


2. Cooking dinner for two is a BIG commitment
Gone are the days when you'd casually grab a spoon and the Nutella jar and call it a day


3. If your other half hasn't seen you in what you lovingly term 'casual mode,' they certainly will now
No bra, tracksuit pants, hair in a bun… this is how we do.


4. Toilet etiquette goes out the window
A closed door means nothing.


5. Washing the dishes will become the most hotly-discussed chore
"Eh no, it's NOT my turn, because I took the bins out two days ago, remember?!!"


6. You'll have to have adult conversations about things like furniture and bills
Can't we just go back to being kids, plz.


7. Your biggest arguments will be over the most insignificant matters
See point number 5.


8. It will become WAY harder to get out of bed in the mornings
So warm and cosy.


9. Personal space? LOL.
Everything is shared now. Everything.


10. What used to be 'date night' is now 'let's order fancy takeaway and watch Netflix' night
Living the dream, people.



Moving in together as a couple is a massive step and it takes a fair amount of adjustment and compromise to get it right. Even if you've both lived out of home before, this is a whole new ball game.

While you might have held back with other roommates, moving in with someone you love is always going to lead to a few arguments. You're in love with him – and yet his refusal to take the bins out ENRAGES you. It's never easy!

Here are a few things you two are bound to learn when you shack up together…

1. Personal space is a thing of the past
Bye, bye boundaries.

2. Peeing with the door open becomes the norm
Well, how else would he know you're in there?

3. It is now impossible to ever leave the couch
TV, cushions, tea and cuddles. Could there be anything cosier?

4. That first joint grocery shop is TENSE (and very expensive)
"You actually plan on eating 8 frozen pizzas this week? ARE YOU MAD?"

5. You can't go to sleep angry
Not because all the experts say you shouldn't, but because it's impossible to lie next to another angry person without one of you re-starting the argument.

6. You will have your worst rows over the silliest things
"You've been sitting on the remote control this entire time? Get OUT of my sight."

7. "Clean" has very different meanings for you both
Soaking that saucepan for three days does not mean you don't actually have to wash it, buddy.

8. When your other half isn't there, you miss them more than you could have ever thought possible
Where's my Thunder Buddy?



It’s inevitable that if you’re in a long-term relationship, the two of you will one day decide to move in together.

Whether you took the leap years ago or whether it’s still years down the line, here are a few things you can rely on to happen…

1. You learn how much of a mammy’s boy he is
The Irish Mammy is a plague to girlfriends everywhere. She’s been doing his washing and cleaning his room for years without complaint – those are some pretty big shoes for you to fill. If you’re smart you’ll curb this at the start by dividing up chores between you!

2. You actually have to cook sometimes now
Gone are the days when a bowl of Frosties could pass for dinner. Now that you’re co-habiting, you feel the need to make SOME sort of effort with food for the both of you. Pasta seven days a week it is, so.

3. It’s impossible to get out of bed in the mornings these days
So. Cozy. Having another person in your bed every night really bumps up the comfiness factor, meaning you’ll feel the need to push snooze at least twice per morning, just for some extra cuddle time.

4. Farting becomes a normality
Even if you still daintily hold yours in, you’ll become intimately acquainted with the different types of farts your man can produce. And he’ll take extreme joy in wafting them towards you just to see you squirm. Eeeeew!

5. One of you will steal the other’s razor
Either you’ll rob his Mach 3 to get super- smooth legs, or he’ll sneakily use your pretty pink Venus razor when he’s run out. Either way, no blade is safe.

6. The two of you will develop your own little quirks together
If someone else heard the two of you chatting away at home, they’d probably have no idea what you were on about. In-jokes, nicknames, silly words and made-up songs – stuff gets pretty weird when you’re living in the same house

7. You’ll stop caring that he's seen you at your worst
All it takes is for one or both of you to get diarrhoea/a vomiting bug/a manky cold to realise that it’s not the worst thing in the world to get sick in front of your partner. In fact, you’re eternally grateful for the fact that he rubbed your back as you heaved into the toilet bowl and didn’t complain about cleaning up. That’s love!

8. You’ll learn that compromise is key
Maybe he has his own routine for washing the dishes (soak for four days before cleaning) or maybe you’re both bed-hoggers who enjoy sleeping diagonally across the mattress. It takes time to get used to living with someone else – but don’t worry, you’ll sort things out soon enough!


If you’re in a steady relationship, you’ve probably considered the possibility of moving in together. You might think it’s a great idea, or the thought might scare the bejeezus out of you.

Whatever your feelings, living together is not a step to enter into lightly… but it could be the best thing the two of you ever do.

Here are some glaring neon signs that you and your other half are ready to make the move!

1. All your stuff is at his place anyway
Clothes, toothbrush, phone charger… they all have a rightful place on his bedroom floor. On the odd night that you do end up sleeping at your own house, you spend hours searching for something, anything, to wear to work tomorrow. Does anyone have a spare bra?!

2. You haven’t seen your housemates in weeks
You make a quick dash home after work to grab some essentials but aside from that you and your roomies are like trains in the night. You’re really just paying rent for a place to store things, if we’re being honest. Or, if he spends most of his time at your place, the same is true for him. The invisible housemate strikes again!

3. The two of you have your special TV shows
God forbid you’d watch an episode of Game of Thrones when he’s not around – the show is only to be viewed when the two of you are cuddled up on the couch together. No exceptions!

4. You don’t share a house (yet) but you do share other things
Be it a combined food shop at Tesco, a Nespresso machine that was “his” Christmas present from you, or even a joint bank account, the fact that you’re sharing other parts of your life means the two of you would probably transition very smoothly into sharing rent, bills, laundry and other boring household things. Even if you still refuse to share your chocolate with him…

5. You’ve had a BIG argument…and survived
All couples argue. Trust us. Even the ones who say they don’t… they do. We promise. And if you haven’t had a bust-up yet, you can be certain it’ll happen when you move in together! 

If the two of you have had a big argument and have come out the other end stronger as a result, you know you’ve got what it takes to live in close quarters.

6. You happily slob around in your pyjamas with no make-up on
We agree that all relationships need an element of mystery, but there comes a time when you can let your guard down a bit! When you feel okay about waking up hungover beside him without making a dash for your make-up bag, or when you’ll gladly throw on tracksuit bottoms and fluffy socks in his presence, you know you’re onto something special.

7. The two of you know when to give each other space
It’s easy to get some time apart when you each have separate apartments to go home to, but things become a little more complicated when you’re sharing a one-bed flat.

Knowing when to take some time out from each other is key – whether that means having your own space within your new home, or giving him the living room for the night so he can have the lads over. As long as the two of you are mindful of each other’s needs, moving in together will be a breeze.



So you’ve decided to move in together, and it’s SO exciting. You buy new bed clothes and cutlery, and pick your favourite couple photos to put on the mantelpiece – but before you get carried away, remember: living with someone isn’t easy. Even the most charming prince may leave his toe nail clippings on the coffee table, or his beard shavings in the sink. It’s good to be aware of the realities of living with your other half. Here are some tips on make the transition as smooth as possible!

If possible, move somewhere neutral
If you move into his current abode, or he moves into yours, it won’t actually feel like it belongs to both of you. It’s better to find somewhere new. That way, you won’t feel like you have to ask if you can have shower or use the oven.

Agree on payment methods
Moving in together means sharing the bills. Make sure to agree beforehand about how you’re going to split them. If you’re not married, it’s better to keep your finances separate and agree that you’re each going to put a certain amount towards groceries etc. There’s nothing romantic about arguing over money.

Be aware of his bad habits
You’ve probably spent quite a lot of time together beforehand, so you’ll know a lot of his bad habits anyway. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that he’ll miraculously turn into a clean freak once you move in together, it won’t happen!

The beauty of TV nowadays is that we can record what we want to watch and watch it later – but this doesn’t mean the end of fights over the remote control. If he wants to watch Ice Truckers on Sunday evening and you just want to watch Friends all day, be prepared to compromise!

Don’t storm out
Now that you live together, you can’t storm off after a fight. And if you do, you can really stay out for a couple of hours before running out of things to do.  Try and find a better way to resolve conflict. You don’t want to be that couple that the neighbours hear screaming at each other in the dead of night.

Make time for each other
It’s easy to get complacent about spending quality time together when you’re living together. Remember to dedicate at least one night a week to quality time. Even if you don’t go anywhere, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you don’t fall into the rut of reading your book in the bedroom while he watches Storage Hunters every night of the week.