Towie's Gemma Collins reveals all about her romance with co-star Arg

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins has defended her romance with her co-star James Argent which some fans of the show have dismissed as a "showmance".

Speaking at the launch of her new fashion line, she said: "It's love, I'm not saying its deep love like Romeo and Juliet but we are so fond of each other, we love spending time together, it's real."

Gemma Collins with James Argent
Gemma Collins and James Argent pictured in December 2011 Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

She also had the following message: "All the critics out there, that are slagging us, get over it!"

The new series of The Only Way Is Essex begins on Sunday 22nd July on ITV2.