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‘It is Fairly Heartbreaking’: Gorka Marquez Names Cause He Thought of Quitting Strictly Categorical Occasions

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Gorka Marquez has revealed he thought of quitting Strictly Come Dancing previous to this 12 months’s collection.

The Spanish skilled dancer has been a part of the BBC ballroom present since 2016, throughout which era he has been paired with the likes of Alexandra Burke, Maisie Smith and Helen Skelton.

Nonetheless, Gorka has admitted that having to depart his younger household and their dwelling in Manchester to do the present close to London had him assume twice about doing one other collection.

Talking in his and associate Gemma Atkinson’s W actuality present Gemma And Gorka: Life Behind The Lens, he defined that rehearsals for this 12 months’s collection had been on account of begin simply after the arrival of son Thiago, who was born again in July.

He mentioned (through Manchester Night Information): “It’s fairly heart-breaking, you already know, to have to depart once more a number of days after Gemma offers beginning and never be at dwelling.

“In my head, it makes me assume I wish to give up and simply be at dwelling for the following three months, however on the similar time, I must do my job and work.”

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka pictured in 2019

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Following final 12 months’s last, each Gorka and Gemma spoke out to disclaim claims within the press that he can be leaving the present.

Gemma – who appeared on the 2017 collection of Strictly as a contestant – not too long ago spoke about how Gorka had solely been capable of spend a restricted period of time with Thiago since he was born.

Throughout an appearan on Steph’s Packed Lunch earlier this month, she mentioned: “He’s dwelling on the weekend however as soon as the present begins, relying on the place his associate is, he’ll should go [off again].

“When he was born, [Gorka] had every week at dwelling with him and since then he’s had three weekends with him, and that’s it.”

Gemma and Gorka have been collectively for almost six years, and introduced their engagement in 2021.

The couple are additionally mother and father to their four-year-old daughter, Mia.

On Saturday, it was revealed Gorka has been paired up with BBC Asian Community presenter Nikita Kanda for this 12 months’s collection of Strictly.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC One.




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