Gemma: “Arg won’t stop me from get­ting my dream body!”

In­sid­ers say Gemma Collins’ Danc­ing On Ice weight-loss mis­sion has caused ten­sion with boyfriend Arg

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Lily Smith

They’ve en­dured T a no­to­ri­ously volatile on-off ro­mance over the years, and af­ter an­nounc­ing she was set to star on the new se­ries of Danc­ing On Ice, Gemma Collins and James “Arg” Ar­gent are at log­ger­heads again – this time over di­et­ing. Last week, 37-year-old Gemma ad­mit­ted she’d put on a few pounds over the sum­mer and was wor­ried about tak­ing part in the ice-skat­ing tal­ent show, due to air in Jan­uary. She said, “I don’t know 1) how they are go­ing to lift me up and 2) how fast I can move around that ice, but I re­ally want to give it a go. Me and Arg have been on hol­i­day a lot in the sum­mer and we’ve put on a bit of weight.”

BAD IN­FLU­ENCE

Friends have pre­vi­ously said that the TOWIE pair, who have been dat­ing of­fi­cially since last Christ­mas, are a bad in­flu­ence on each other’s di­ets, with their co-star Tommy Mal­lett once say­ing, “They shouldn’t be to­gether be­cause all they do when they’re with each other is eat.” Now in­sid­ers say that Arg, 30 – who Gemma has ad­mit­ted to “in­dulging in take­aways” with – hasn’t been hugely sup­port­ive of her up­com­ing stint on Danc­ing On Ice. A source says, “Gemma’s de­ci­sion to go on the show has caused some ten­sion be­tween her and Arg. They love ro­man­tic meals and find­ing

new places to eat to­gether – it’s what keeps them close. Gemma says she’s keen to get health­ier to make sure she’s in shape for the show, and wants to ditch the take­aways and lazy nights in. But she feels Arg is al­most laugh­ing at the idea of her get­ting into fit­ness. She feels he’s mak­ing things dif­fi­cult and not be­ing sup­port­ive enough. He’s still wolf­ing down take­aways, but she wants to turn over a new leaf.”

And Arg ap­peared to sig­nal to fans that he was happy with his size in an In­sta post last week, writ­ing, “Although I’ve gained a lot of weight, on the in­side I’m in a great place!”

Last month, Closer re­ported how Gemma – whose weight has fluc­tu­ated be­tween a size 12 and a size 20, and is cur­rently a size 18 – was keen to cap­i­talise on her and Arg’s plus-size fig­ures and land a lu­cra­tive weight-loss deal. Last week, the re­al­ity star re­vealed that she was hop­ing her stint on DOI, with its hard­core train­ing sched­ule, would help her achieve her weight-loss goal. She said, “The train­ing is go­ing to be in­tense, but I hear you re­ally shape-up do­ing the show so I might come out with the dream body af­ter all.”

The source adds, “Gemma is hop­ing the show will help her tone up and wants to throw her­self into the train­ing. She wants Arg to get ac­tive with her, too. Her tar­get is a size 14 and she’s told Arg she won’t let him throw her off her sched­ule. She wants them to en­cour­age each other to get fit with healthy meals and trips to the gym, but she has her doubts that he’s into the idea.”

LAUGH­ING STOCK

Af­ter be­ing an­nounced as a con­tes­tant, Gemma – who is no stranger to re­al­ity shows, with stints in­clud­ing Celebrity Big Brother and I’m A Celeb!– faced trolling and mock­ery on so­cial me­dia, with crit­ics say­ing, “Watch­ing Gemma Collins on Danc­ing On Ice is go­ing to be ac­tual com­edy gold” and that she’ll be “like a hippo on skates”.

But in­sid­ers in­sist that Gemma is de­ter­mined not to be a laugh­ing stock on the show and wants to prove that if she puts her mind to some­thing, she can fol­low through.

“Gemma was up­set by all the trolling. She can have a laugh about her weight, but some of the com­ments were re­ally cruel and the last thing she wants to feel is unattrac­tive or like she’s the joke act. She hasn’t al­ways done that well in past re­al­ity shows, but feels this is her chance to prove to ev­ery­one that she does have fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion. She wants to prove the trolls wrong and give it her best shot.”

The star ad­mit­ted both she and Arg had gained weight over the sum­mer❛HE’S STILL WOLF­ING DOWN TAKE­AWAYS BUT SHE WANTS TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF❜

She’ll be tak­ing to the rink on Danc­ing On Ice

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