There are many reasons to love Strictly Come Dancing - and the dazzling performances are only part of it.

There's Bruno's flamboyant comments, Tess and Claudia's witty presenting style - and, of course, the close relationships that the stars and professional dancers strike up during their time on the show.

And now two Strictly 2018 alumni have gone public with their romantic relationship, ending months of speculation.

Actress Gemma Atkinson - who made it all the way to the final last December - confirmed she is dating Strictly professional GorkaMárquez by sharing a loved-up picture of the pair on Valentine's Day.

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The image showed the formerHollyoaksstar sitting on a beach with the Spanish dancer, leaning her head against his muscular shoulder.

She captioned the sweet shot with a special Valentine's Day message, writing, 'Here's to many more kid.'Gorka also shared the same image with his followers.

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Gemma, 33, and 27-year-old Gorka were rumoured to have struck up a relationship throughout last year's series ofStrictly, despite not being partnered with one another.

Gemma danced with Slovenian starAljaz Skorjanec, whilst Gorka was partnered with formerX Factorwinner Alexandra Burke.

The pair are the latest in a long line of couples to fall in love on the BBC show - althoughthankfully neither of them fell victim to the so-called 'Strictly curse', as they were both single when they met on the show.

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They include Coronation Streetactress Georgia May Foote, who fell for her partner Giovanni Pernice during the 2015 series. The couple went on to date for six months before splitting the following summer.

Meanwhile, former England rugby international Ben Cohen left his wife and the mother of his twin daughters for Kristina Rhianoff after being partnered with the Russian dancer in the 2013 series of the show. The couple welcomed their first child, a girl calledMilena, in June 2016.

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And way back in 2009, actress Ali Bastian's undeniable chemistry with her partner Brian Fortuna led to a whirlwind romance.

Here's hoping that Gemma and Gorka's relationship can go the distance.

Stephanie is Editor of Fit&Well. She has previously worked for titles including Now, MSN and Stylist, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle including health and fitness.