As TOWIE star Gemma Collins fi­nally em­braces her body, she tells pals she’s ready to find The One

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Kather­ine Romero

“I’ll find love again with my sexy curves”

She has suf­fered a well­doc­u­mented bat­tle with her weight, pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ting that she was des­per­ate to “hide away” be­cause of cruel fat-sham­ing jibes that were hurled at her in the street, and at­tribut­ing her body strug­gle to be­ing sin­gle, telling Closer, “If I was slim­mer, I’d go on more dates.”


But Gemma Collins ap­peared to have per­formed a dra­matic U-turn last week, when she was pic­tured proudly flaunt­ing her size 20 curves in a sheer swim­suit while on hol­i­day in Tener­ife. And in­sid­ers say she’s fi­nally learn­ing to love her body since get­ting back in touch with her ex Stephen Mor­timer.

A source says, “Gemma’s been on a mis­sion to sex-up her im­age since Stephen came back on the scene. He told her he loves her con­fi­dence and it’s given Gem a mas­sive boost. She’s given up the strict di­ets and harsh fit­ness regimes, as she found they just made her binge more. She feels like she’s trim­mer now any­way, as she’s fi­nally not ob­sess­ing about what she puts in her body.”

Gemma split from Stephen af­ter six months in 2015 amid al­le­ga­tions he’d been un­faith­ful. Last week, she de­nied claims they were an item, in­sist­ing she is, “100 per cent sin­gle and happy.” How­ever, the pair have been seen on a num­ber of dates since his re­lease from prison last month fol­low­ing a year in­side for bur­glary.

The re­al­ity star – who has yo-yoed be­tween a size 14 and a 24, and has en­dured years of fad di­ets and ex­treme boot­camps – has spo­ken hon­estly about her strug­gles with her weight in the past. Ear­lier this year, she told Closer it was hard film­ing sun-drenched TOWIE spe­cials along­side her slim cast mates, re­veal­ing, “I do get anx­i­ety over my weight. When we film abroad it’s a night­mare for me. You never see me sit­ting around the pool and I do miss out on a lot of fun.”


But sources say Gemma, who pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted to be­ing ad­dicted to “bad men and bad food,” is in­tent on find­ing peace with her body once and for all.

The source says, “Gemma started to have ses­sions with a con­fi­dence coach and was do­ing hypnosis. She’s told friends that she feels so good about her­self, she can fi­nally look in the mir­ror naked and feel sexy rather than feel­ing like she has to put on an act. She’s con­vinced this new­found body con­fi­dence is the key to find­ing love again.”

Gemma has en­dured a string of roller-coaster re­la­tion­ships. In Septem­ber, she claimed her ex Alex Moss vi­o­lently beat her the night be­fore she flew out to the I’m A Celeb! jun­gle in 2014.

She also had an on-off ro­mance with co-star James “Arg” Ar­gent – whom she once de­scribed as her “real love” – but was left in tears dur­ing a re­cent episode of the show, when he said he had no feel­ings for her.

And while friends are wary of her grow­ing close­ness to Stephen – who has also spent two years in prison for caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm – Gemma in­sists she is hap­pier than ever.

The source says, “Ev­ery­one’s con­cerned about Gemma as she’s been hurt by men in the past, but she says she has her head screwed on and, even if things with Stephen don’t work out, he’s in­spired a con­fi­dence in her that she didn’t know was there. Gemma is sick of be­ing re­jected by guys like Arg, and says she’s fi­nally start­ing to feel sexy.”


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