Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell rushed to hospital for ‘life-changing’ operation

The TOWIE star has opened up about why he hasn't been active on social media

Liam Blackwell

by Asher Brandon |

TOWIE star Liam "Gatsby" Blackwell has revealed that he had to be rushed to hospital and forced to undergo 'life-changing' surgery after suffering from a hiatus hernia.

He shared the news on Instagram, posting a picture of him in a hospital bed with the caption, "I would have still been in LA but the reason I came home was to have surgery 🥲 I’ve been suffering with a hiatus hernia & acid reflux for a few years now but it got to the point where I couldn’t eat food & drink liquids at the same time without it coming back up.

"Imagine eating a meal & being thirsty and not being able to drink a glass of water with it or the food you’ve just eaten will come back up. Also, the burning taste of acid in your mouth most mornings.

"This surgery repairing my stomach & hiatal hernia will hopefully be life changing for me 🤞🏽 not looking forward to the next 6 weeks on a liquid / soft food diet so any tips from people who have had this surgery it would be much appreciated x"

Gatsby was joined in the hospital by his mum Nikki Blackwell. In the post he included a picture of her with the caption, "Swipe to see who has flown thousands of miles to look after me in my 2 month recovery ❤️" (awwww).

Gatsby's followers were quick to offer their support, commenting on the post. Fellow TOWIE star James Argent wrote, "We love you bro, will keep visiting ❤️."

TOWIE royalty Chloe Sims wrote, "Sending you love."

Others shared their experience with the medical condition. One person wrote, "Speedy recovery, I go through this daily myself it’s not fun, lovely to see you’re mamma there too."

Another person added, "I have a hiatus hernia and it’s awful so totally feel you. No plans to have mine operated on yet as I manage mine ok on meds etc. hope you recover quickly! X."

We wish Gatsby all the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Who is Gatsby?

Liam Gatsby
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James Blackwell, aka Gatsby is a reality TV star best known for his role on the ITVBe series The Only Way is Essex. He joined the show back in 2015 and has made quite a name for himself. He was introduced to the show as Lydia Bright's best friend.

Before joining TOWIE he was once a professional footballer, playing for West Ham United. He is also known for his career as a rapper an his love of helicopters.

How old is Gatsby?

Gatsby was born on 9 August 1988 meaning he is currently 33 years old.

Is Gatsby still dating Dani Imbert?

While Gatsby and Dani split in 2021, they did reunite for a time and while their relationship was by no means clear sailing at the end of series 29 of TOWIE, it did seem like they might be able to work things out, with Dani agreeing to fly to over to America to spend Christmas with Gatsby's family.

Dani Imbert
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These plans didn't pan out, however. For months there had been rumours floating around that the pair had called it quits and these rumours have all but been confirmed after Dani alluded to being single in a post on her Instagram story.

Does Gatsby have a girlfriend?

It seems Gatsby is currently single. He may just be trying to keep a low profile until the next series of TOWIE comes out, however.

In the past he dated Spanish model Rebeca Marrero, Swedish model Isabella Cirinksi as well as costar Chloe Sims.

What is Gatsby's net worth?

Gatsby's net worth was estimated estimated to be £2m in 2018 by the Metro, although this hasn't been confirmed.

Does Gatsby have Instagram?

He does - you can follow him @gatsby_liam

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