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Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

  • Episode:

    1

  • Title:

    Gemma Collins

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 11 Feb 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 06 2021 : Sat 06 Feb - Fri 12 Feb

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Sun 31 Jan 2021

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Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

Episode 1 - Gemma Collins

The new series of Piers Morgan's Life Stories returns with an emotional, surprising and at times hilarious interview with the Queen of reality, Gemma Collins.

Programme quotes:

 

On being bullied at school:

PM - Well, let’s go back to where it all began. You were born Gemma Clare Collins in Romford, in 1981.. What was your childhood like? There was no real money in the family.

GC - There was no money but we had a really lovely childhood. I can remember having my first probably big birthday party at the Little Chef and thinking that was a really posh restaurant.

And I think my hard work and tenacity comes from my dad. He used to work all the hours under the sun and even do a night shift in a pub.

PM – Your mum instilled into you a lot of self-confidence. But when you got to school, that caused people to then bully you.

GC – yeah.

PM - Mocking you for your self-confidence. All those bullies who punched you and chanted at you and teased you and tried to prick that confidence, if they’re watching as you sit here in your Versace suit doing Life Stories, having just told me you’ve made a million pounds out of being Gemma Collins, what would you say to them? Does it feel good to have rubbed their taunts in their face?

GC - I don’t believe in revenge and two wrongs don’t make a right. I hope that they’ve worked on something within themselves.

PM - Well said.

 

On fame...:

GC - [CRYING AFTER WATCHING A VT ON PEOPLE TALKING OF THE ABUSE SHE HAS RECEIVED] That's hard to watch.  I've, well you don't forget it but that's the downside to fame.  I'm a lot more comfortable now in my own skin.

PM - The viciousness of that, you know we found some of these messages ‘Please leave TOWIE and die, you hurt my eyes when you come on TV. Please just die you waste of oxygen, you're just a fat attention seeking b...  and so on. I mean utterly vile.

GC -Yeah it is.

PM - And I would normally say well they'd never say it to your face, but some people did say this to your face.  They would shout it in the street at you. 

GC - It was so embarrassing once, I was taking my mum for lunch, a van pulled up and they started abusing me. It wasn’t for me, I felt so hurt that that happened in front of my mum.

PM - What were they saying?

GC - You fat C***. You know, fat cow…

PM - Really? In front of your mother?

GC - Look at you stuffing your face. Again, I’m used to it but I didn’t want my mum to hear it.

PM - Was she upset by it?

GC -Very upset, yeah.

PM -you've talked very openly about an ongoing struggle with your weight. Obviously it's a part of your life.

GC -Yeah. I think I have always turned to food in-in times of crisis. I mean any occasion, if I'm happy I eat, if I'm sad I eat.  But I think it's about dealing with your emotions and trying to find a way of dealing with them in a healthy way and not turning to something that can harm you.  Cos it is like a form of self-harm.