Gemma Atkinson has revealed why she, and partner Gorka Marquez, have not shared any photographs of their baby daughter since she was born on Thursday 4th July.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, the former Hollyoaks actor addressed the “people asking why we haven't posted any pictures” and explained that the couple purposefully “haven’t done a magazine deal” because they want they want all their friends and family “to come over and meet her” beforehand.
“That's all,” the 28-year-old added. “It's important for me that they all get a hold and a cuddle first.”
Atkinson met Marquez in 2017, when she was paired with the Spanish choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing. They went public with their relationship on Valentine’s Day the following year.
They announced they were expecting their first child together in February.
Last year, Atkinson opened up about their romance, saying that “it was a gradual thing” because she wanted to concentrate on the BBC competition series.
“There was no lightning-bolt moment, unfortunately,” she told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine.
Before they moved in together in December 2018, Atkinson lived in Manchester while Marquez was based in London. But the fact that there were many miles between them didn’t put Atkinson off.
“I’ve no problem with long-distance relationships,” she said at the time. “Most of mine have been like that. I think it's nice to miss somebody.
“And I do need my own space. Some days Tom Hardy could walk in and I'd say, 'I need some space, just give me a break!' So for me it works out fine, I love it.”
At the end of this month, Marquez is set to start training for a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, so it’s no surprise that the loved-up couple are making the most of every moment with their family’s latest addition right now.