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Atkin­son had the last laugh when she re­sponded to those who claimed she ‘won’t get her body back’ af­ter hav­ing her first child.

The for­mer Emmerdale ac­tress took to so­cial me­dia to share a sassy video of her strut­ting her stuff in gym gear.

Along­side the post Gemma com­mented: “Them: You won’t get your body back. Me: That’s cute hun...” Friends and fans were quick to ap­plaud the star’s hard work af­ter wel­com­ing daugh­ter, Mia Louise, with Strictly pro Gorka Mar­quez in July last year. Fel­low Hits Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Fleur East com­mented: “Sav­age! Ab­so­lutely love this!”

“Yaaaaas, smashed it,” Hol­lyoaks ac­tress Sarah Jayne Dunn added.

But Gemma, from Bury, was forced to re­spond af­ter a fol­lower claimed that she makes women ‘feel bad’ about them­selves.

The mes­sage, which the 35-year-old shared to her In­sta­gram story, said: “Your post about get­ting your body back. Well done. You have suc­ceeded in making ev­ery other woman who fol­lows you feel bad about them­selves. Some of us have no fam­ily to rely on so we can[‘t] go to the gym.

“Some of us have men­tal health is­sues that pre­vent us from leav­ing the house to at­tend the gym, or even find the en­ergy to do a home work­out. But hey, go post a video of you look­ing amaz­ing and swish your hair.”

Re­spond­ing the crit­i­cism, Gemma said: “One thing I will al­ways, al­ways tell Mia, is to never let any­one dull your sparkle, my dar­ling.”

Gemma Atkin­son

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