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‘Emotional documentary reveals Gemma Collins’ hidden side as she talks about self-harm’

My Star is a Celebrity, Gemma puts it all into an emotional documentary on an often taboo subject, and it makes for a fascinating viewing, says Emma Bullimore

It's been an emotional journey for the TOWIE star
The documentary is Gemma Collins’ emotional journey

Just when you think Gemma Collins has done every TV show under the sun, she throws us a globe – a deeply personal documentary about a subject we rarely talk about.

Unlike her memorable appearances on talent shows like Dancing on iceI’m A Celebrity and MasterChef, this is not a showcase for the reality show diva known as GC.

Instead, Gemma Collins: Self Harm & Me on Channel 4 on Wednesday, is a poignant portrait of the struggle she has faced over the decades – largely in silence.

It took Gemma a long time to talk to her fiancé and close friends about her tendency to self-harm and now she’s told the world.







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She spoke to a therapist on camera and revealed that she started amputating her arm at the age of 13.

She continued to cut her own skin, finding ways to cover her scars and keeping it a secret for many years.

She explained that she was scared to speak out, worried about how she would be judged.







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While no longer self-harming, Gemma admits she fears that one day she will feel compelled to start over, especially if she fulfills her dream of becoming a mother.

Gemma is surprised to learn how common self-harm behavior is, especially among young people, and hopes to play her part in breaking taboos surrounding the topic. , join support groups and meet survivors.

But if she wants to capture her own history, she will need to look closer to home. Every conversation with the therapist goes back to Gemma’s parents and their reactions to her self-harm when she was a teenager.







In the movie, Gemma reveals her self-harm battle
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The star is extremely protective of her family and wants to turn off any mention of her mother, but she ends up having to face an important conversation.

Talking to her mother, she realizes that they see Gemma self-harming very differently and she is clearly disappointed that they are not on the same page.

In the end, they didn’t make much progress, but the TOWIE star is clearly relieved to talk more openly about the issue and realizes she’s not alone.







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You might think we’ve seen enough Gemma on TV, but when was the last time someone started a national conversation about surprisingly common self-harm?

If Gemma can get survivors to talk – and their families, too – it can only be a good thing.

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