Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez almost quit over ‘heartbreaking’ reason

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Gorka Marquez has opened up about how he was close to “quitting” Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The 33-year-old has made his mark since joining in series 14 of the BBC favourite, but his stint on last year’s show with Helen Skelton saw him come in second place with some memorable stand-out routines.

However, the Spanish dancer has revealed he considered leaving the show ahead of this year’s series.

He explained: “It’s quite heart-breaking, you know, to have to leave again a few days after Gemma gives birth and not be at home.”

Speaking to Life Behind the Lens, he added: “In my head, it makes me think I want to quit and just be at home for the next three months, but at the same time, I need to do my job and work.”

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It comes as Groka recently welcomed his second child, Thiago, with wife Gemma Atkinson.

It seems the birth of his second child has caused Groka to reflect on time he has to spend away from home for Strictly.

The upcoming series which is set to launch this week will see him once again away from his family in their Manchester home.

While Thiago is only two months old, it’s not the first time the dancer has been forced to choose between time with his newborn and the BBC series.


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The couple’s daughter, Mia, now four, was born in July 2019.

The dancer took a year off from the series and former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher was crowned winner.

Luckily for the couple, Gemma went into labour with Thiago just days before Groka needed to leave for rehearsals.

He was able to be by his wife’s side as she had a caesarian section after a 28-hour labour.

Gorka will no doubt be preparing for this weekend’s launch as the 15 celebrity couples are now fully acquainted with their professional dance partners.

The opening episode will see who has been paired with whom and an introduction to the 2023 series.

Fans of the show are excitedly awaiting the weekend as the countdown for the annual favourite draws to an end.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm.

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