Gemma plans Gas­tric band

Gemma’s hap­pily-ever-af­ter dream could see her take dras­tic mea­sures

Now (UK) - - Front Page - Words by Jack White

By her own ad­mis­sion, Gemma Collins is best known for ‘al­ways be­ing on a diet’. The TOWIE star pre­vi­ously at­tempted to lose weight with a ‘hypno gas­tric band’ but Now un­der­stands that she now wants the real thing – in or­der to have a baby.

Af­ter a string of un­suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ships played out in the pub­lic eye, we’re told Gemma, 36, is lay­ing the blame on her body and is on a mis­sion to shed the pounds once and for all. We’ve seen her cou­ple up with TOWIE co-stars James Ar­gent and Char­lie King and busi­ness­man Rami Hawash, and best mate Bobby Nor­ris has even of­fered his sperm to help her have a baby, but Gemma wants her hap­pily ever af­ter now.

‘Gemma knows she’s run out of ex­cuses,’ a well-placed source tells us. ‘She’s de­ter­mined to get con­trol over her weight and face up to the re­al­ity that she’s big be­cause she eats too much.’

On the out­side Gemma ex­udes con­fi­dence and reg­u­larly hits back at body shamers on so­cial me­dia. But she’s con­fessed be­fore to be­ing un­happy with the way she looks, say­ing: ‘I can’t bear to look in the mir­ror: my body is dis­gust­ing. I need to lose weight. I’m ashamed of my body.’ We’re told she’s con­vinced a gas­tric band is her last chance to lose weight and will lead to the baby she’s al­ways longed for.

Last year Gemma made the heart­break­ing rev­e­la­tion that she suf­fered a mis­car­riage at four and a half months preg­nant in 2012. Shock­ingly, the former Celebrity Big Brother con­tes­tant ad­mit­ted she felt it was her pun­ish­ment for a pre­vi­ous abor­tion.

‘I do feel guilty,’ Gemma said. ‘What if I can never have a baby now? The mis­car­riage felt like God’s way of pun­ish­ing me.’

Our in­sider says: ‘Gemma feels she won’t find love if she doesn’t do some­thing dras­tic and thinks her only op­tion is a gas­tric band. She knows she’s not get­ting any younger and has been told she could de­velop fer­til­ity prob­lems due to her weight.’

Former Em­merdale star Lisa Ri­ley has be­come Gemma’s in­spi­ra­tion. Al­though Lisa, 41, de­nied hav­ing surgery to lose 10st, we’re told Gemma’s in awe of how the weight loss has changed the ac­tress’s life.

Gemma’s mum Joan spent time in a wheel­chair in 2015 and that’s also con­stantly on her mind. She said: ‘I’ve seen the health of my mum de­te­ri­o­rate. It scares me about my fu­ture. I have to get my weight down or I’ll end up in a wheel­chair too.’

But Gemma won’t want to lose her po­si­tion in the plus-size world – she’s an award-win­ning de­signer and has cham­pi­oned curvy girls for years. ‘She’s not turn­ing her back on the big­ger women,’ adds our source. ‘Her hap­pi­ness is at risk and she has to do some­thing about it – now.’

‘I can’t bear to look in the mir­ror’

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