Gemma: “Arg is re­ally broody, but I can’t get preg­nant un­til I’m off the ice”

As Gemma Collins gears up for her up­com­ing Danc­ing On Ice de­but, she re­veals that her baby plans are on hold while she sets her sights on the skat­ing crown

Closer (UK) - - News - By Jane Oddy ● We spoke to Gemma af­ter she pre­sented an award at the celebrity-stud­ded Spec­savers’ 2018 Spec­ta­cle Wearer of the Year

he’s shown off her dra­matic S weight loss af­ter just four weeks of train­ing for her up­com­ing stint on Danc­ing On Ice, and Gemma Collins ad­mits the show is now get­ting in the way of her baby plans.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Closer, the 37-year-old re­al­ity star says, “Do­ing this show has re­ally shaped me up. I’ve al­ready lost a dress size. I’m not plan­ning for a baby at the minute, but maybe af­ter Danc­ing On Ice. I’m try­ing not to put pres­sure on my­self, but I do want children.”

Gemma adds that boyfriend and former TOWIE co-star James “Arg” Ar­gent is just as broody as her, es­pe­cially af­ter spend­ing time with best pal Ferne Mc­cann’s one-year-old daugh­ter, Sun­day. She says, “He’s al­ways with Ferne and Sun­day. He came home the other day and said, ‘I’m get­ting re­ally broody.’ I’m like, ‘Stay away from me un­til af­ter I’ve done my ice skat­ing! I can’t get preg­nant un­til af­ter that.’”

The cou­ple, who’ve dubbed them­selves the “Elizabeth Tay­lor and Richard Burton of Chig­well”, have had a fa­mously volatile re­la­tion­ship, fi­nally mak­ing their ro­mance of­fi­cial last De­cem­ber, af­ter dat­ing on and off for seven years.

LOVED-UP

And as their one-year an­niver­sary ap­proaches, Gemma in­sists the pair are stronger than ever, and that de­spite some dif­fi­cult hur­dles – with Arg, 30, re­turn­ing to re­hab for a third time in Au­gust in a bid to cut back his party life­style – they are more loved-up than ever.

Gemma says, “Ob­vi­ously I’ve put a lot of ef­fort into help­ing James turn him­self around, and with the ded­i­ca­tion I’ve given him, he would be hard pushed to find that in an­other per­son. But it’s all great – he’s as good as gold.”

And while Gemma is clearly de­lighted with her recent weight loss, the cou­ple have made no secret of their love of food, with the star telling Closer in the past how she and Arg “fuel each other”. And Gemma in­sists that de­spite be­ing celebri­ties, the pair’s life­style is re­ally down to earth.

“While we do have a show­biz life, at home, we’re very nor­mal,” she says. “We wanted a curry the other night, so in­stead of go­ing out for din­ner, I cooked a home­made curry. He chilled out in front of the TV and I whipped one up – it’s all very nor­mal stuff. We like to keep it like that.”

Closer has pre­vi­ously re­vealed how the cou­ple were hop­ing to cap­i­talise on their plus-size fig­ures and se­cure a lu­cra­tive weight-loss deal. But now Gemma ad­mits she’s reap­ing the ben­e­fits of train­ing for Danc­ing On Ice, go­ing from a size 20 to an 18.

“I’m re­ally pleased I’ve lost weight. Nor­mally, I’d be go­ing to an event, say­ing, ‘Give me a pair of Spanx,’ but at the mo­ment, ev­ery­thing is hang­ing off me. I feel re­ally good – I’m us­ing mus­cles that I never knew ex­isted. I have fallen over on the ice loads of times,

‘I don’t care what any­one thinks of me’

but I’m not too bruised – yet. I’ve got quite a bit of cush­ion­ing on me, so it kind of helps! And the minute I fall, I get straight back up again. I’m not scared one bit. And I don’t care what any­one thinks of me – I’m do­ing it for my­self.”

IN­TENSE TRAIN­ING

And with the new se­ries set to start in Jan­uary, Gemma adds, “I’m train­ing two-anda-half hours a day. It’s very, very in­tense, and de­spite re­ports say­ing that I don’t en­joy it, ice skat­ing is ab­so­lutely fab. Am I in it to win it? I’ll try! Ev­ery­one thinks I’m re­ally con­fi­dent, but to­day on the ice, I did have a lit­tle cry be­cause I’ve been try­ing so hard, and it is frus­trat­ing. I’ve got all these pro­fes­sional ice skaters do­ing twirls around me, and I want that to be me. But James is re­ally sup­port­ive, and he’s cheer­ing me on.”

And Gemma re­veals that af­ter months of house hunt­ing, she and Arg – who last week re­vealed he’d frac­tured his shoul­der af­ter fall­ing off his Vespa – will soon be mov­ing into their dream home.

She says, “The house is all go­ing through. Any mo­ment now it will all hap­pen – we’re just wait­ing for the fi­nal de­tails. It’s very ex­cit­ing. It would be my dream to be in by Christ­mas. I’m al­ready look­ing at Christ­mas trees and want­ing 27 rein­deer on the roof. James is like, ‘Gemma, you’re get­ting too car­ried away!’”

But she re­veals that what she re­ally wants for Christ­mas is an en­gage­ment ring, in­sist­ing, “I want a yel­low di­a­mond, so we will just have to wait and see if it hap­pens.”

At the Pride Of Bri­tain Awards last week The cou­ple are stronger than ever She’s get­ting ready for Danc­ing On Ice in the new year

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