The meme queen of 2017 talks own­ing the in­ter­net, love prospects and how giv­ing up meat has made her psy­chic with Char­lotte Oliver…

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In our eyes, she’s al­ways been a leg­end, but in the past few months, Gemma Collins – or The GC, as she now calls her­self – has reached myth­i­cal sta­tus. In fact, she might just be the big­gest in­ter­net sen­sa­tion of re­cent times. Take that Kim Kar­dashian! It all kicked off in July when Gem, 36, rocked up to the ITV Sum­mer Party wear­ing an un­for­get­table orange dress with shoul­der pads that could be seen from space. Twitter took no­tice and, soon enough, we had a GC meme for ev­ery sin­gle emo­tion and oc­ca­sion. What a time to be alive. So, when we sit down to chat ahead of her tri­umphant re­turn to TOWIE, we’re de­lighted to hear she’s lov­ing her new role as 2017’s ul­ti­mate meme muse (which she pro­nounces “me-may” be­cause… she’s The GC). But, be­fore we get onto how she broke the in­ter­net, there’s the lit­tle mat­ter of that mys­tery man she’s been gush­ing about on In­sta to dis­cuss…

So, who’s this guy you’ve been cosy­ing up to on In­sta­gram?

I knew the minute I looked at him that he was re­ally lovely and kind. I drove him mad, be­cause ev­ery week I’d lie and say my light bulb had gone or the sink was blocked up. I re­ally, re­ally like him, but we’re kind of in that friend zone at the minute. It’s re­ally awk­ward.

Has he made any moves yet?

No. Lit­er­ally noth­ing! We’ve got re­ally close over the last few weeks, so watch this space – he’s the nicest per­son I’ve met in a long time and I love his fam­ily. I’m al­ready in­vited for Christ­mas din­ner. I’m pray­ing ev­ery night that I end up with JD. But he’s try­ing to get his busi­ness up and run­ning, so he’s very busy, and I sup­pose, al­though I’m a nor­mal girl, peo­ple can get a bit in­tim­i­dated.

Are there are any other guys on the scene?

No. I don’t want to go out with any­one else, in case some­thing hap­pens be­tween us. I’ve been asked out on a date tonight, but I’m not be­ing funny, I’ve not heard from him and it is one o’clock in the af­ter­noon. I’m pre­cious cargo – men can’t mess me about.

Have you seen Arg since he came out of re­hab?

Yeah, I told him off for block­ing me. He just said that he sees me as part of his life be­fore ther­apy, as part of that Oh my God, his name’s JD and I met him late last year when I got a new shop – he was the main­te­nance guy.

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