Gemma Collins – who shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex – has released a book based on her life. But she won’t answer questions unless you’ve read it…
‘Has this girl been briefed?’
There’s no denying Gemma Collins is one of the standout characters from ITVBE’S The Only Way Is Essex and, since turning into a walking, talking social media meme, the 37-year-old ex-car saleswoman has enjoyed fame on a different level.
But it seems The GC (as she refers to herself) has got a bit too big for her Louboutins as she prepares to release her second book The GC: How To Be A Diva. When Now sits down with Gem, it becomes clear it’s the perfect title for her book, as she lays down the law. ‘Has this girl been briefed?’ she asks her agent. Despite the fact that we haven’t been sent a copy of the book (which hasn’t yet been released), Gemma isn’t impressed to learn we haven’t read it.
And she can’t seem to grasp the concept that it’s a book supposedly about her, written by her, meaning she should be able to talk for hours about it.
But we’re repeatedly told, ‘We can’t do this if you haven’t read the book.’ We power on through, asking questions about Gemma’s life, before she tells us, ‘This interview is supposed to be about the book.’ Which is about your life, right? Confused? Us too… Hi Gemma! How are you? I’m very good, how are you? I’m good! What have you been up to today?
I’ve been doing lots of interviews for my book, just like I’m doing now. It’s been very full on.
So tell me about your book. How did it come about?
Have you read it, hun?
No I haven’t, I’m afraid.
OK, so you’re doing this interview without having done any research or read the book or anything?
I wasn’t sent it…
(PR: It’s only been sent out to certain people, and it’s not out yet. She’d have been lucky to have already read a copy.)
Who do you work for?
(Gemma to her PR:) All these questions need to be about the book and if they haven’t got the book in front of them…
(PR: They would have been briefed on the book though.)
Oh, have you been briefed on the book, hun?
All right, go for it then! What is it you wanted to ask me? How did the book come about?
Basically, I read Pocket Kim Wisdom [a book of quotes from Kim Kardashian]. My mum bought it for me, and it was absolutely hilarious, so I thought, you know what? I need to do my version of it and that’s literally what I’ve done. That was my whole inspo for the book.
And what kind of advice do you have in there?
Erm… have they given you any stuff from the book? Then you would know…
It’s going to be hard to do this if you don’t know. Basically, it’s a real fun, fun, fun guide to life and being the best version of you.
How have you specifically earned your divaship?
I’ve been through a lot in my life. I’m a real ambassador for all the girls out there and basically, yeah, that’s that really. I’m The GC, baby!
What’s the best advice you give in the book?
Well, if you read it, you would know, so… I think wait until you get a copy and then you’ll be able to embrace the book. It’s hard to do an interview if you haven’t done any research on the book or been sent it. I’m going to get them to send you a book and you can read up on it and then maybe we’ll do this another time. Because we’re meant to be doing an interview on the book, but you haven’t got the book in front of you, so you don’t know what it’s about.
(PR: Do we have the next question?)
(To the PR:) Do you see what I’m saying? It’s hard for the girl to do the interview if she hasn’t got the book and stuff.
(PR: Absolutely. So what was your next question for Gemma?)
They weren’t about the book specifically.
OK, so this was meant to be about the book. Basically, any of the interviews have to be about the book; anything else isn’t relevant. Darling, don’t worry, we’re going to get the book publishers to send everyone doing an interview the book. Thank you, bye!
She made her TV debut selling a car to Kirk on TOWIE