The 35-year-old actress – who gave birth to a baby girl, Mia, in July last year made the confession after receiving a video message from her partner Gorka Marrquez during an episode of ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ on Channel 4.
Gemma – whose boyfriend is having to isolate before appearing on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ – admitted: “I’m getting a little teary eyed – bless him! Since I’ve had a baby, I cry at everything!”
The former soap star was overcome with emotion after she was surprised with the video message from Gorka, who told Gemma how “proud” he is of her.
He said in the video: “Hello baby, I hope you are having a great show. I just wanted to surprise you and say that I am so proud of you and everything that you do.
“You’re a super mum, taking care of Mia for all these weeks – doing your radio show and now doing ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ just want to tell you that I love you and I am so proud of you. I cannot wait to be back with you.”
This year’s ‘Strictly’ is being staged in unique circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the BBC recently confirming that contestants will be eliminated immediately if they catch the virus.
Sarah James, the show’s executive producer, said: “Unfortunately if you receive a positive test, that means you wouldn’t be able to continue in the competition.
“Obviously with government guidelines, if you receive a positive test you have to isolate for two weeks and that would unfortunately rule them out of the show.”