Gemma Atkinson, 35, took to Instagram to share an emotional post about she is feeling during the coronavirus outbreak. The television and radio personality shared a throwback snap of herself enjoying the sun on a beach alongside a lengthy caption about the impact of the pandemic.
Gemma explained in view of her 1.4 million followers that she feels “sad” about the virus and is “heartbroken” for families who have lost loved ones.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, who welcomed her first baby, Mia, with her boyfriend Gorka Marquez last year, also revealed how “grateful” she is to “be on lockdown with her family”.
Gemma began her heartfelt statement by saying: “My Sunday thoughts… I feel sad that this virus is around, and I’m constantly thinking about & checking in with family & friends and hoping they are all ok.
“I’m heartbroken for those families who have lost people to this s**tty virus. I can’t imagine their hurt & frustration.
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“I’m sorry for all those people who have lost work & incomes & are now thinking about what’s next.
“Please don’t give up! I’m grateful I have a garden now more than ever.
“Sitting in it daily listening to the birds as opposed to just hanging the washing out has made me realise, it’s actually lovely,” she added.
The actress went on to say that in spite of the cancellation of her professional dancer beau’s tours, that she sees the “positive” side, that he can now spend more time with their daughter.
She continued: “I’m grateful to be on lockdown with my family. Ollie & Norman have never wagged their tails as much & although Gorka’s tour, his cruises, and other tours are cancelled, the positive from that is Mia getting to see her Dad everyday, which I know personally is a privilege denied to many.
“I hope in this time you have all connected with your family. I’m thankful for technology and FaceTime so I can speak to those family & friends that live alone, I know it’s harder for them.”
Gemma added: “To Mother Nature, I’m so sorry we never listened to you despite your warnings to us.
“I keep thinking this has happened to stop something even worse happening down the line for our children to deal with.
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“We weren’t treating you right, we weren’t treating your animals right, we weren’t even treating each other right!”
Gemma concluded her post by sharing her hopes for people to become “kinder” and more respectful to the natural world in the future.
She wrote: “I hope after this we all become kinder, more greener, and help you flourish the way you deserve so we can also in turn flourish.
“This situation has brought out peoples true colours, and although a handful of those are being selfish & thinking only of themselves (I tell myself it’s because they’re scared) there’s been SO much good & kindness as well!
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“That’s what I try to focus on. Only the positives! I’m sending you all lots of love & positive vibes and I’m hopeful that If we all do our bit now and more so continue to do our bit the other side, we will get back to ‘our normal’.”
Gemma’s moving post comes after she updated fans after she was unable to join her Hits Radio co-host Wes Butters for their show on Wednesday.
The star explained concerns about COVID-19 has prompted the radio station to instruct its presenters to work from home, following Government guidelines about how to prevent further spread of the disease.
Gemma revealed she was still in the process of “converting a room into a studio” at the time and her co-star was “holding the fort”.
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