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

Towie's Gemma Collins talks about her new romance with James Argent Credit: ITN

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."

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.