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Gemma Collins’ mother Joan thinks self-harm is just her ‘copying someone on TV’

In Channel 4 documentary Gemma Collins: Self-Harm and Me, the former TOWIE star has a candid discussion with her mother Joan about why she’s been self-harming herself for 20 years.

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Gemma Collins’ mother Joan believes her daughter is harming herself because she is ‘copying someone on TV’.

In Channel No. 4 documentary Gemma Collins : Self-Harm and Me, the reality TV star is seen having a very candid conversation with her mother about why she started cutting her own throat at the age of 13.

The mother-daughter duo were shown old footage of Gemma performing on stage as children, but Gemma ended up in tears.

“It’s hard to go back and discuss something that happened years ago. I clearly needed some help or support at the time,” Gemma began.







Gemma Collins’ mother Joan appeared multiple times in her Channel 4 documentary about self-harm
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“Which you would have if you had talked about it. When you did that, we didn’t want to draw attention to it,” Joan replied.

“My dad’s and aunt’s approach was ‘never mention it,'” Gemma later said of the time she cut herself in the kitchen in front of her parents.

“Life is busy and things are going…” Joan continued as Gemma interjected: “But what’s more important: is life busy or is your daughter cutting her own throat?”







Gemma was seen having a very candid conversation with her mother about why she started cutting her own throat as a teenager
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“You seem fine, you are always supported,” argues Joan. “The problem is with you, it’s not family life, you have everything, you’re happy.

“I don’t even know why you did it. I thought you were just copying someone from the TV.”

“No but you said it was really a silly thing, I said it was serious,” Gemma replied.







Gemma was also seen talking to her therapist about why she’s been self-harming for 20 years
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“But when you’re young, you’re impressed by what people do,” Joan tried to explain as she admitted that she tried to keep “everything happy” when Gemma was young.

Moments later, Joan started laughing as Gemma tried to explain to her that it was a “serious” situation.

“But are you all right, Gemma?” She then asked when Gemma replied, “Obviously I’m not because I’m harming myself.

“It’s hard for you to deal with me, I know. It’s okay, you can laugh because that could be your way of coping and it’s okay, I get it, I get it.”







Gemma is keen to emphasize that she doesn’t blame her mother Joan for not dealing with it when she was a teenager.
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Joan later admitted that she didn’t “want to remember it” because it was in the past and Gemma was adamant that she didn’t blame her mother and father either.

“At the end of the day, you can’t go against your parents. No one is perfect and I don’t have any grievances against my parents, I love them more than ever,” Gemma explained.

“They brought me into this world and they just did their best,” the former TOWIE star added as she looked forward to her future and starting a family of her own.

For support on coping with self-harm, see mind.org.uk/selfharm or call Mind’s secret Infoline on 0300 123 3393.

For further help or advice, please visit: https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/help-support

Gemma Collins: Self-Harm and Me is available to watch on All 4.

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