Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez took to social media this week to pay tribute to his celebrity dance partner Maisie Smith.
The pair made it all the way to the Strictly final at the weekend but lost out on the glitterball trophy to comedian Bill Bailey and his dance partner Oti Mabuse.
On Instagram, Gorka posted a series of snaps from his time with Maisie on the show, alongside an emotional caption where he thanked his fans for their support and EastEnders star Maisie for her hard work.
"I just wanted to thank you all one more time for all your love and support during the whole series... It really means a lot to both of us and without your help we wouldn’t be able to be in that final on Saturday night. It has been a difficult year for everyone but I hope during the last 6 weeks @bbcstrictly have brought you some joy like it has to all of us for being in it," Gorka wrote.
He added: "@maisiesmithofficial you have been a star from day one you’ve worked so hard and leave you sweat, blood and tears in that studio (well and lots of blisters). You came every day with a smile and open to learn and challenge yourself. Thank you for always trusting me and everything that I say and thought was the best for us as a Team. You‘ve grown so much as a dancer and person and I am so proud of you!! Gonna miss you Partner! 😘"
Gorka then went on to congratulate all the other finalists and winners Bill and Oti, before finally thanking his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson.
He wrote: "THANK YOU for always been there supporting me and taking care of our Princess during all these weeks you are a Super mum and I couldn’t do it without you ♥️ I love you."
Due to the COVID-19 regulations, Gorka spent weeks living away from Gemma and their daughter Mia. The family finally reunited on Sunday and to mark the occasion both Gemma and Gorka posted a sweet snap of Gorka holding his daughter close.
Alongside the adorable picture which shows Mia in her dad's arms, Gemma wrote: "HOME. After 78 days he’s home ❤️"
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