Gemma Collins joins us for her first television interview since losing last night's Dancing on Ice Skate Off.
Speaking to Holly and Phillip about the health benefits of taking part in Dancing on Ice, she said: “I will 100% keep up with the fitness, I’m saying this on national TV because I feel so much better. I can just move a lot more. I can do my shoes up.
“I’ll be honest, I had about three tyres round my middle. They have gone! I’m still a bigger girl. When I got on the scales I was shocked, because I have actually lost two and a half stone, and the inches as well.
“But it never goes off my face, I think I need some sort of lifting surgery here which is unfortunate! I’m in a high street store item of clothing today, a shop that I could never shop in for a lot of years, and that’s what’s been so exciting about it. But just feeling fit, walking up the stairs and being ok. I don’t know what form exercise I’m going to do yet. I might take to the rink once a week…but I want to continue with my fitness.
“When I first got on the ice I used to do 10 minutes and sit down, 10 minutes and sit down and that was a massive eye-opener to me. I thought I can’t live my life, being this… I didn’t realise how unfit I was.”
On her clash with judge Jason Gardiner, Gemma said: “I did stand my ground with Jason because there are girls out there who are bigger who don’t feel confident going to a gym or starting some form of exercise. I had to show people, do you know what? It is hard, but I’m going to get through this.
“He’s only there to do his job. I was fine with what he was saying about my skating. But I didn’t like it when he body shamed me and because that hurt me and I felt embarrassed that’s why I attacked back.
“When he went, ‘we can’t lift you’... we know that Jason - I would love to have been spun around for a count of eight. But unfortunately I had to skate for all my counts of eight. I was exhausted at the end of it . I was breathless, my legs are killing me but it’s done me good as well.
“People can see I gave it a go. I am a bigger girl, I couldn’t do all the moves the others could do.”
She confirmed her boyfriend Arg [James Argent] would consider doing the show, saying: “I want him to do it. He wants to get his fitness back. This will be the next thing for him to get his health and fitness back. Please book him for the show! He was my hardest task master.”
She joked she would celebrate her time on the show by buying a special item: “I’ve got a terrible cold as well, I’ve been in the ice rink for months. I need to thaw out. After this show, I’m going to treat myself to an electric blanket. You can’t get warm.”
She admitted she never felt the same on the ice after she fell. She said: “My knees, I’ve got a six-month recovery on my knees. When I spoke to the physio, if you touch them they are boiling hot. She said to me it’s going to take six months for them to start heeling. I kept falling and let’s be fair I’m not the lightest of persons… but I had a really good time.”
On claims she had ‘faked’ the fall, she said: “That was weird. Come on, no one would want to fake that. The pain I was in, I was crying for days. I’m still in pain now. As they say it’s the knocks that make you stronger and I certainly took a lot on the show.”
“I gotta say I’ve had fun on the show. It has been hard, it has been very challenging. I’m kind of used to being my own boss. The fact I had to go out and really, really concentrate because I knew every week I had to go out and give a performance. But the pressure was good for me. I’ve learnt a lot from the show. I’ve learnt, never give up. It’s easy for people to say, ‘No I can’t do it, [but] give it a go’, just give it a go, like I did! I wasn’t the best skater but I don’t think I was too bad either.”