Former TOWIE star Gemma Collins showed a completely different side to herself as she opened up about self-harm in her new Channel 4 documentary, writes Kirsty McCormack
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I’ve always had a soft spot for GC. I’ve been writing about her since 2011 – when The Only Way Is Essex was a brand new reality series expansion and our showbiz magazines would have to dissect episodes weekly. Of course, Gemma Collins delivered some unforgettable televised golden moments and also had a public relationship with her TOWIE costar James ‘Arg’ Argent.
Gemma’s most memorable scenes on the small screen didn’t just happen in the clubs and bars of Essex. There’s too much to cover, but the helicopter scene of I’m a Celebrity and the chirping in her Celebrity Big Brother diary room seems to stand out the most.
However, Gemma’s most recent TV appearance was far from hers spinning about her hair or claimed she saw a ghost – it’s something much more serious, and presents a completely different side to the larger-than-life character.
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Gemma Collins: Self-Harm and Me is an intimate and personal drama where she opens up for the first time about the history of self-harm she has struggled with over the course of two decades. One hour long Channel No. 4 Not only does the documentary show Gemma have a direct relationship with her mother Joan and fiance Rami Hawash, but she also joins a support group in Essex and has some conversations with her therapist. , Mandy Saligari.
Those who don’t follow Gemma on social media – or have only seen her on TOWIE – are sure to be amazed at the woman they see on screen. Gemma is definitely under no illusion that she’s “like Marmite” but I certainly believe that what you see is what you get with the self-described “diva”.
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Not only is she brutally honest about her experience of self-harm, she also wants to emphasize that she never wanted to take her own life and seems really unsure of why. why did she cut her own throat in the first place. One thing for sure Gemma is that she doesn’t blame her parents or upbringing for any of that. The 41-year-old star is adamant about this and it is heartbreaking to witness her working sessions with Mandy.
“At the end of the day, you can’t go against your parents,” she said. “No one is perfect and I don’t have any grievances against my parents, I love them more than ever. They brought me into this world and they just do their best.”
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Her quote certainly struck a chord with many viewers watching at home, and certainly reminded me of my own therapy sessions and childhood exploratory moments that influenced me later. this in life. It’s not always easy to have those conversations, but as Gemma has demonstrated, it can take such a heavy load off and really help move you forward.
Gemma herself admits that the hour-long documentary isn’t a “celebrity story” and I really don’t think it’s turned out that way. Gemma really wanted to try and understand why she used to self-harm as a way of dealing with her emotions as a teenager, and the movie ends on a really positive note and finds Gemma making plans for her future, including Rami, and giving birth to a child.
Whether you like it or not, there’s no denying this side of her is honest, raw, fresh and proves she’s just like the rest of us, diva and all.
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.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/gemma-collins-self-harm-documentary-26249926 'Gemma Collins' self-harm documentary is surprisingly authentic, raw, and fresh' - Kirsty McCormack