Strictly Come Dancing saw one of the most talked about romances emerge in 2017 thanks to Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez.
After officially confirming they were boyfriend and girlfriend after months of speculation on Valentine’s Day, the Emmerdale actress has finally opened up about her new relationship.
Talking to Fabulous magazine, the 33 year old admitted Gorka is like her “best friend that she can’t keep her hands off”.
Gemma disclosed: “It’s like your best mate who you can’t keep your hands off. I’ve never had the friendship thing before.”
The former Hollyoaks actress also admitted that while everyone was talking about their relationship for months, their fondness of one another wasn’t an instant thing.
“We’d go for coffee together on the Sunday after the show, but had never really spent more than two hours together,” Gemma revealed.
Gorka Marquez wishes Gemma Atkinson a Happy Valentine’s Day with a loved up snap from their sun-soaked getaway [Instagram]
“So it was a gradual thing. There was no lightning-bolt moment, unfortunately. Not like in the movies.”
Gemma has also admitted the relationship is long distance, which she doesn’t mind, and that her mum is “finally” happy her daughter has met a nice man.
Gorka, 27, has also opened up about his feelings towards Gemma, particularly how her love of muscles and the gym helps their relationship.
The Strictly professional said: “It’s great having someone to train with and someone who loves doing what I do in the gym. In the past, I’ve had girlfriends who never wanted to train. But Gemma loves it and she likes to eat healthy too. She takes good care of herself.
“When you have someone who has the same interests as you and who you can share stuff with, it’s nice. Gemma trains hard! She is a machine!”