She was officially confirmed for I’m A Celebrity 2014 today, and now Gemma Collins has revealed that jungle weight loss is what inspired her decision to join the show.
In an emotional interview, the 33-year-old TOWIE star says she’s so sick of fat jibes that she’s getting herself into the jungle to slim down.
She told Heat: “I want to lose weight so much, I’d do it … [and] It would be a great place to lose weight, that’s for sure!”
Breaking down in tears during the chat, Gem revealed that she’s so terrified of the abuse she’ll get in the street over her weight that she sometimes refuses to leave her house.
She told the mag: “People shout ‘you fat c***’, ‘fat ugly b****’, ‘Oh God, you’re so fat – die’ – it’s really distressing. Like, if I’m in my car, people will shout or bash on the window.
“The other Saturday, I was meant to be going out. I was driving home feeling really happy, then I pulled up at a set of traffic lights and this guy shouted, ‘It’s Gemma, that fat f***ing b****.’ I got home and cried my eyes out.”
Poor Gem, who earlier this year vowed to slim down from a size 22 to a size 14, is determined to change the public’s opinion of her, insisting that I’m A Celeb is the best place for it.
She added: “I hope that people would finally see the real me, though. And realise that it’s not OK to take the p*** out of me just because I’m not a size 10.
“I’ve always said I would love to go in and I’d like people to see the real me, rather than the person they think they know.”
Gemma touched down in Australia today and will be joined by Melanie Sykes, Corrie star Craig Charles, motorbike champ Carl Fogarty, Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson, actress Vicki Michelle, singer Tinchy Stryder, model Nadia Forde, news reader Michael Buerke and former footballer Jimmy Bullard
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