BBC Strictly Come Dancing: Gorka Márquez’s engagement to former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson and her very famous ex


Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson are perhaps one of the cutest couples to come out of Strictly Come Dancing.

Although they weren’t paired together as dance partners on the show back in 2017, their romance blossomed on the Strictly tour – and the rest is history.

Earlier this year, Spanish professional dancer Gorka, being the true romantic that he is, proposed to the ex-Hollyoaks star on Valentine’s Day. But you’ll never guess who she once dated previously.

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Gemma, who also starred on Emmerdale, once went on a date with none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Back in 2007, Ronaldo was one of the world’s most eligible bachelors with a high flying career at Manchester United – to where he has since returned.



Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez
Gemma and Gorka are engaged, and share a little girl

The pair went on a date together – and it ended up being one of the most British affairs ever.

Revealing what happened, Gemma said: “We went to my house and drank cups of tea and watched Only Fools and Horses. Genuinely!

“I don’t know if he’s into it now but he seemed to enjoy it.

“Only Fools and Horses and cups of tea, he seemed to enjoy it then but I’m going back about six/seven years.”



Gemma Atkinson briefly dated Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2007
Gemma Atkinson briefly dated Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2007

After the pair split, Gemma says she was offered ‘so much money’ to speak about him – but she declined.

She added: “With Cristiano it was mad, because everywhere he went he was followed by photographers.

“When we did split up I got offered so much money to speak about him and I didn’t want that.”

But her brief stint with Ronaldo is well and truly in the past now, as Gemma and Gorka were engaged earlier this year.

He presented her with a gorgeous engagement ring which has been valued at £11,900.

The pair gave birth to baby Mia in July 2019, but largely keep her out of the public eye.

In an interview on Steph’s Packed Lunch earlier this year, Gemma gave fans a few details about their upcoming nuptials.



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She said: “We’re obviously not going to do it this year given everything that is going on, the only thing we have agreed on so far is that we are going to do it abroad.

“Gorka wants his family to be able to order drinks at the bar and understand the waiters. His family don’t speak English and my family don’t speak Spanish, so we’ve said that we’ll meet halfway.

“That’s all we’ve agreed on. Not this year, but the year after – if I can tolerate him for that long obviously!”

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