Strictly’s Gorka apologises to Gemma for missing her birthday to rehearse with Maisie

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Gorka Marquez was forced to issue an apology to his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson for missing her birthday to rehearse with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Maisie Smith.

The professional dancer, 30, is currently in an isolated bubble with the Strictly cast for the duration of his stint on this year's series.

And him being away from home has forced him to miss out on at-home celebrations for Gemma's 36th birthday.

Feeling apologetic over having to give it a miss, Gorka penned an emotional message alongside some sweet snaps of the pair and their tot Mia as he admitted he was "sad" that he wasn't there to celebrate.

Gorka apologised to Gemma for missing her birthday
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"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY," he wrote.

"Sad I can't be there to celebrate with you and Mia your day like you deserve.

"You are the most amazing mum and girlfriend in the world! Kind, funny, humble, caring, talented, strong and I am so grateful to have you by my side.

"I’m sorry I can’t give you a birthday kiss but you have my kisses forever. TE AMO Feliz cumpleaños."

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It comes as Gorka was left wiping away the tears during It Takes Two last week.

The dancer became emotional when he was surprised with a sweet video from Gemma and their daughter Mia Louise, one.

Thursday evening’s episode of the Strictly spin-off show saw Gorka and his celebrity partner Maisie Smith, 18, lift the lid on their 2020 experience on the BBC One show.

During the candid interview, Spanish native Gorka gushed over his ‘wonderful’ girls back home.

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The homesick star revealed that he’s missing Gemma and their gorgeous daughter due to the fact he’s unable to return home to see them amid the pandemic while appearing on the show.

But the handsome hunk, who has bubbled up with EastEnders star Maisie, was treated to a surprise video message from his gorgeous other half who continued to cheer him on despite missing him.

Blonde beauty Gemma appeared on camera alongside her little girl and gushed over Gorka when she said: “You’re doing so well guys!"

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She added: “Gorka I’m so proud of you – we are so proud of you. I cannot wait to see you and give you a big squeeze. We love you so much.

“You did so incredibly well last weekend and we can’t wait to see you smash it again this weekend!”.

After watching the sweet clip, the camera cut back to Gorka who was seen wiping the tears from him face.

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