Gemma Clare Collins (born 31 January 1981) is an English media personality and businesswoman. In 2011, she began appearing on the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex. Following a brief appearance on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2014), Collins has appeared in various television programmes including Celebrity Big Brother (2016), Celebs Go Dating (2018), and Dancing on Ice (2019). In 2019, she began starring in her own reality series and hosting a podcast on BBC Sounds.
Gemma Collins has revealed she was scared of being "locked up" if people found out about her self-harming.The TOWIE star also feared she was going to be placed in a mental asylum for the rest of her life - away from her family and friends.Gemma, 41, has recently spoken out about her mental health struggles ahead of her new Channel 4 documentary - Gemma Collins: Self Harm and Me - which will explore her mental health battles.Speaking to The Mirror, The GC said she felt like she couldn't tell anyone about her self-harming issue because she felt like she would be isolated from her nearest and dearest.She said: "So when I started self-harming I couldn’t tell anyone because I was thinking I’m going to get locked up, not going to see my family or friends and I’m going to be in a mental asylum my whole life."Gemma explained that she revealed her self-harming to her parents - who were left shocked by their teenage daughter.She went on: "My parents were in the kitchen and I just walked in.
I think I’d done it before, but it was a bit of a cry for help. I did it in front of them and they were just in shock."There was this silence and we never spoke about it again."The businesswoman also spoke candidly about being "picked on" at the time.She said: "I can remember I was being picked on – just teenage girls stuff."Pressure would build up and that was the way that I would deal with it.
I felt relief when I self-harmed. It was a coping mechanism for me if I felt stressed."But I just couldn’t talk about it. When you do it for the first time you don’t know why but you hope ‘I never do that again’ and you hope those feelings never come back that make me want to do it."Gemma confessed she used to wear long sleeves to school to hide her.