‘Just don’t want to’ Gemma Atkinson declines to share part of her and Gorka’s private life

Gemma Atkinson recreates picture from modelling days

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Gemma Atkinson, 36, shares two-year-old Mia with her partner Gorka Marquez, 31. The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, spoke candidly about the couple’s decision to not do magazine shoots with their young daughter.

The former Hollyoaks actress admitted “it’s just not for us” in a lengthy Instagram post today.

It comes after the small-screen star took to the picture-sharing site to announce she is releasing her second book, The Ultimate Body Plan for New Mums.

Gemma also uploaded a video of herself with Mia being professionally photographed ahead of her latest offering.

The Hits Radio DJ addressed her decision to not have her young daughter in magazines.

She began: “So excited. We’re asked a lot to do shoots as a family at home with Mia for various magazines and we’ve always politely declined (although it’s lovely to be asked!) It just isn’t for us.”

Gemma explained that Mia will feature in her second book which discusses motherhood.

“For my book though, which is all about my journey into motherhood, from finding out I was expecting, my good and not so good experiences and how we make ‘our’ routine work. I wanted her in it,” she continued.

“I wanted her to have something that the two of us are part of so she can have the memories to keep long after I’m gone.”

Gemma added: “She was a trooper! In our home with all her usual surroundings, it was a day I’ll always remember. I can’t wait for you guys to see the book!

“I hope you all enjoy it and for those who do the plan, I can’t wait to hear about your mental and physical transformation to being the best version of YOU.”(sic)

Celebrity pal and Strictly star Karen Hauer wrote: “So sweet.”

Others credited Gemma’s decision, as Jan Ratcliffe penned: “I really admire you for refusing endless magazine spreads, and for controlling the use of Mia’s photos. A refreshing change, well done!”


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Jacbar2 commented: “Love the way you are so down to earth, Mia is very lucky to have you and Gorka as parents.”

“She’s a natural and what a beautiful family. I think children nowadays are so used to cameras and videos it comes quite naturally. Never like this in my time as a child which is why I’m always behind the camera,” Paula Jain added.

Meanwhile, Gemma recently took to the picture-sharing site and shared a heartwarming family video.

The couple’s daughter was mesmerised as she watched her dad perform on Strictly.

Taking to her Stories, Gemma shared a series of clips of Mia transfixed on the TV as she watched her professional dancer father perform a routine.

“That’s Gorka,” Mia tells Gemma, as she turns around on her blush pink velvet chair.

“Is that Gorka?” the star replied, adding: “That’s your Papa.”

Mia then adorably remarked: “Coming home on Tuesday.”

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