Former Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson has revealed she was holding a bag of dog poo when Strictly dancer Gorka Marquez proposed.
The radio presenter was on a walk with the 30-year-old Spaniard and their dogs Norman and Ollie.
She said: "We went for a really lovely dog walk at a place we always go. It’s beautiful: a big lake, a big old house.
"We went there on Valentine’s Day and Gorka wanted to take his drone. I thought, ‘Here we go,’ because he loves photography.
"He hadn’t given me a card, which I thought was a little odd because we normally give each other a card – no gifts, just a card. He finally said, 'I have my card for you,' and when I opened it, it said 'To my fiancée' so that was a bit odd.
"I turned around and he was on one knee with Norman and Ollie either side of him and he’d set his drone up, behind us, and it captured everything," she continued.
"It’s beautiful. The only thing with it that we look back and laugh at is I was holding a poo bag when he asked me.
"I just popped it down on a bench and put my hands to my face, and I said, 'Ugh, I put my hands to my face and I was holding a poo bag'," the star gushed.
The duo first met on Strictly back in 2017, and are already settling into their wedding planning.
Appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch, Gemma revealed that she plans to tie the knot with Gorka overseas in order to overcome any potential language barriers.
As Gemma hails from Greater Manchester, Gorka is a Spanish native – so they’re picking a country where the language will be completely new to both of them.
Gemma has her heart set on a date in 2022, hopefully after pandemic restrictions have eased.
"Gorka wants to be able to order drinks at the bar and understand the waiters," Gemma explained to host Steph McGovern.
"His family don’t speak English and my family don’t speak Spanish, so we’ve said that we’ll meet halfway.
"That’s all we’ve agreed on. Not this year, but the year after – if I can tolerate him for that long obviously!"
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The loved up couple first announced their engagement in February after the sweet Valentine’s Day proposal.
As Gemma flashed her glitzy ring on Instagram, she captioned the post: "Valentine’s forever… Of course, I said yes."
Gorka penned: "The best day with my forever Valentine’s. I asked and she said YES! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone."
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