Gemma Atkinson postpones wedding to Gorka Marquez due to Strictly schedule

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have put their wedding on hold due to his busy Strictly schedule. (PA)
Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have put their wedding on hold due to his busy Strictly schedule. (PA)

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have put their wedding on hold as the dancer will be busy with Strictly Come Dancing for the rest of the year.

The Hollyoaks star met the professional dancer when she competed on the show in 2017 and after having daughter Mia together in July 2019 they became engaged last year.

But Atkinson, 37, told New magazine the wedding won't be happening for a while, adding: "Gorka is literally on tour all of this year. We've only got four days off together.

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"He's got the two Strictly tours back to back, and then he'll be going on Strictly in the autumn. We don't even have a minute to sit down and begin making plans!"

The soap star also admitted on Vicky Pattison's podcast The Secret To that the couple would rather focus on having a brother or sister for two-year-old Mia than planning a big wedding.

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017. (Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017. (Getty Images)
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She said: "We've said we would prefer to try for another baby rather than have a big, fancy wedding.

"There are people who will spend £50k on a wedding and you think, 'Oh my God'.

"Twice we thought about going to the registry office and just doing it and then having a big party."

Watch: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez got engaged on Valentine's Day

Atkinson and Spanish dancer Marquez, 31, revealed they had become engaged on Valentine's Day last year.

She posted on Instagram a picture of the couple on a wintry walk by a lake, with her sparkling diamond engagement ring visible on her finger.

She captioned the image: "Valentine’s forever...Of course I said yes."

Marquez added: "The best day with my forever Valentine’s. I asked and she said YES!!!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone."

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez became engaged on Valentine's Day 2021. (Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez became engaged on Valentine's Day 2021. (Getty Images)

Atkinson met Marquez in 2017 when she took part in Strictly, although her dancing partner in the show was Aljaz Skorjanec while Marquez was paired with singer and West End star Alexandra Burke.

Marquez said: “It wasn’t until after Strictly finished that we started to hang out properly together. During Strictly time we didn’t see each other.

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“On tour we started to spend a lot of time together. We both love training, we both love brunch.”