Celebrity Fitness: Strictly’s Gorka Marquez ‘begs show bosses to partner him with a Northern celebrity’

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Celebrity Fitness: Strictly’s Gorka Marquez ‘begs show bosses to partner him with a Northern celebrity’

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Celebrity Fitness: Strictly’s Gorka Marquez ‘BEGS show bosses to partner him with a Northern celebrity so he can be close to Gemma Atkinson and their baby’

By Eve Buckland For Mailonline

Published: 18:20 EDT, 18 May 2019 | Updated: 18:37 EDT, 18 May 2019

Love blossomed for them on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing, with the couple now expecting their first child together this summer.

And professional dancer Gorka Marquez, 28, has reportedly pleaded with Strictly producers to team him up with a Northern-based star so he can be close to home and his pregnant girlfriend, actress Gemma Atkinson.

A sourced told The Sun: ‘By the time the show is on, Gemma will have given birth to their baby and he doesn’t want to be too far from them. 

Close to home: Strictly’s Gorka Marquez has reportedly pleaded with show producers to team him up with a northern-based star so he can be close to pregnant Gemma Atkinson

‘Strictly professionals are required to base themselves from Monday to Friday in the area where their celebrity lives.’ 

‘Obviously, if he’s in the south or another far-flung location, it will be struggle to get back to them both,’ the insider added. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly and Gorka for comment. 

Doting father-to-be: A sourced told The Sun: ‘By the time the show is on, Gemma will have given birth to their baby and he doesn’t want to be too far from them’

Family: ‘Obviously, if he’s in the south or another far-flung location, it will be struggle to get back to them both,’ the insider added 

The couple are based in Bury, Greater Manchester, where the former Hollyoaks star was born.

Gemma and Gorka announced their baby news on February 1 with an adorable Instagram post.

It featured a picture of dogs Ollie and Norman with signs around their necks – one of which read: ‘Guess what… Mum’s pregnant!’ 

The couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, before going public with their relationship in February 2018.

Cute: The couple announced their baby news on February 1 with an adorable Instagram post of their dogs Ollie and Norman with signs around their necks

Gemma has said pregnancy makes her feel like ‘superwoman’ and she’s ‘astounded’ by her body transformation.

Taking to Instagram, the soap star shared a side-by-side comparison of herself at the peak of her fitness journey and now that she’s pregnant.

Lauding her physique in both shots, she captioned the photograph: ‘Our bodies are incredible! What they are capable of doing astounds me, and in both these pictures I felt / feel like superwoman.

‘I have a life inside of me ticking away ready to join us soon. The little kicks & turns & flutters are just wonderful. I feel so incredibly lucky.’ 

However, more recently, the actress revealed that she has suffered four kidney infections during her pregnancy as she shard a candid post. 

Excited mother-to-be: Gemma has said pregnancy makes her feel like ‘superwoman’ and she’s ‘astounded’ by her body transformation, although recently revealed she has had four kidney infections 

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