Gemma Atkinson, a fan of Hollyoaks and a former Emmerdale star, began a love relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007 during his first spell at Manchester United.
The model has now opened up on what it was like to hang out with one of the most well-known football players in the world.
Despite being one of the highest-paid athletes in history, Gemma claims that some of her dates with Ronaldo were rather routine and layed back.
She described a moment when she and the footballer simply sat out at her place drinking tea and listening to ‘Only Fools And Horses’ in a radio interview on Manchester’s Key 103.
“Genuinely!” said Gemma, “I don’t know if he’s into it now but he seemed to enjoy it.”
Atkinson asserted that she couldn’t be seduced by the big amounts she was being promised for disclosing every detail of her relationship with Ronaldo.
She clarified: “When we did split up, I got offered so much money to speak about him. And I didn’t want that.”
According to The Mirror, Gemma got engaged to former Brentford and Everton football player Marcus Bent in 2008 and later said “yes” to Liam Richards of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.
On Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, she eventually met dancer Gorka Marquez and discovered true love. Their daughter, Mia, was born in July 2019, and the couple are engaged.
Last Valentine’s Day, Gorka got down on one knee. However, the joyous day had to be postponed because of stringent Covid regulations in Spain, where Gorka’s family resides.
Even though she was aware that some individuals were going through a lot, Gemma told the Mirror at the time that Gorka’s confinement was “really pretty beautiful.”
She went on: “Gorka works away a lot so it was good to have that time together. Obviously it was horrendous for some people, but we just said, ‘Look, it is what it is. We’re not going to get this time back. Let’s embrace it.”
She also stated: “Normally with us juggling our work one of us will look after Mia and one of us will walk the dogs for example, but during lockdown we could do things as a family. We had a lovely weather too which was great. Before lockdown we always had to juggle things. We won’t have that back so we tried to make the most of it.”
Gemma hosts the Drivetime show on Hits Radio in Manchester while Gorka is busy with ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ show from July to Christmas every year. She calls the position a “win-win” because it is “on her doorstep” and not very far from her house in the city.
Who is Gemma Atkinson?
Gemma Louise Atkinson, an English influencer, actress, radio host, and former glamour model, was born on November 16, 1984.
She portrayed Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks (2001–2005, 2022), Tamzin Bayle in Casualty (2011–2012, 2014), and Carly Hope in Emmerdale. She also played Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks: After Hours (2004), Hollyoaks: Let Loose (2005), and Hollyoaks: In the City (2006). (2015–2017).
On the Hits Radio Network, she now hosts the drive time slot.
Where is Gemma now?
She worked as an actor in Hollyoaks and Emmerdale prior to becoming a broadcaster on Hits Radio with Mike Toolan!
Gemma and Mike Toolan, with whom she had previously co-hosted a radio show, were reunited in January 2022.
She collaborated with Nigel Clarke of the channel on a brand-new program called The Toddler Club that premiered in April.
Gemma is well-known for her roles as Tamzin Bayle in Holby City, Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks, and Carly Hope in Emmerdale.
But on CBeebies, she became well-known to a brand-new, far younger audience of TV fans.