Gemma Collins’ fears over Arg’s ‘revenge romance’

After denying claims she’s moved on, pals say Gemma Collins is panicked her ex will get his own back with a new fling

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by Daisy McLure |
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She was linked to a new man last week – with a supposed friend revealing she had moved on from James ‘Arg’ Argent with millionaire businessman, Nadir Gul – but Gemma Collins furiously shot down the reports and said they’d left her “sickened”.

The Diva Forever star even shared a video of her 65-year-old mum, Joan, sobbing as she revealed they knew who sold the story, which Nadir – who is in a long-term relationship – also denied as he called for the culprit to “show some respect” as he has a family.

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Gemma and Arg in happier times ©Getty

In a slew of irate Instagram videos, Gemma, 39, defiantly told fans, “Tears in my mother’s eyes – thank you for hurting my family. The only person I’m in love with is myself.”

Now, pals say Gemma’s emotional outburst was partly fuelled by a deep-rooted fear that the hint of her moving on a month after her bitter split from Arg, 32, could prompt her ex to seek a “revenge romance”.

A source says, “Gem was really upset by that story – especially as Nadir is in a long-term relationship and has been such a loyal friend to her.

“She’s also scared of Arg’s reaction and is worried it could spur him to try to get back at her by finding a new girlfriend to flaunt in her face.

“When [the story] first broke, her friends joked she might take a small positive from the rumours, although they were false, in the hope they’d make Arg jealous. But she’s really worried what will happen next.”

Gemma herself had got the rumour mill turning during a recent holiday to Greece after posing with a string of mystery men, posting one picture with a male pal on Instagram Stories and writing alongside, “I love you baby.”

She also seemed to use the break as a chance to show Arg what he was missing by showing off her 3st weight loss in revealing outfits.

But, according to the source, Gemma has since had a change of tack, with the insider explaining, “In hindsight, Gemma realised that could have the opposite effect and

Arg could use it as an excuse to get back at her by moving on with someone else. That’s a big part of why she was so upset over the false reports about her and Nadir.”

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Rami Hawash, 2011 - 2014 & 2017

Gemma dated Rami Hawash on and off for three years between 2011 and 2014. The owner of a mechanical repairs company in Essex briefly appeared in TOWIE, and the couple were even rumoured to be engaged at one point before they called it off for good in 2014. Gemma sparked rumours that she'd got back together with Rami in March 2017 when she was spotted wearing the engagement ring he'd bought her, but they split for good later in 2017.

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Charlie King, c. 2012

Gemma was romantically linked to her TOWIE co-star Charlie King, and was pictured holding hands with him in London in April 2012. Although nothing was ever confirmed, Gemma did admitted that they kissed on an episode of TOWIE in March 2017, telling him, "Unbelievable... I'm so glad I shared a kiss with you once." Charlie came out as gay live on This Morning in 2014.

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James 'Arg' Argent, 2012

Gemma's on/off relationship with TOWIE co-star James 'Arg' Argent is thought to have began back in 2012, just months after he split up with long-term girlfriend Lydia Bright. They were pictured here in London in 2012.

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Summer 2012

Sadly, Gemma caught wind that Arg had been bad-mouthing her weight behind her back, and confronted him in Marbella in the summer of 2012, "You've been going around discussing what happened between us. Well let me tell you something now, you don't ever disrespect a girl like that again. Take a good look at this, you ain't ever gonna get this candy!"

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Alexander Moss, 2014

Gemma dated Alexander Moss in May 2014, but he reportedly assaulted her in her home and handed himself into the police just days before she flew out to Australia to star in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

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Sebastian Marc Graham, 2015

Gemma was set up with Sebastian Marc Graham by her friend Jake Hall whilst on holiday in Marbella, but things seemed to fizzle out quite quickly.

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Stephen Mortimer, 2015

Gem dated jailbird Stephen Mortimer in 2015, but split in October 2016 shortly before he was jailed for stealing jewellery in a home raid, having previously spent two years inside for GBH.

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Summer 2016

Although Arg got back together with Lydia Bright, they split up yet again in summer 2016 - but slept with both her and Gemma on the same day, leaving the GC understandably livid.

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JJ Goodman, 2016

Gemma met bartender JJ Goodman at the Cannes Lions festival in July 2016 and the pair hit it off, with Gem revealing that she thought he could even be The One, "He's a proper gentleman. Any man who can take treat me like a princess and then share a Club Sandwich with me is definitely "The One" in my books." However, nothing seemed to come of it.

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December 2017

At Arg's 30th birthday party, he stood up and practically declared his love for Gemma, telling the congregation, "Gemma you're so lovely to me, you're always there whenever I need you. You treat me with such respect, you're kind to me and you make me laugh so much." They then had a lovely kiss.

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Laurence Hearn, January 2018

Although things seemed to be going well for the pair, fans were left confused when the GC met Laurence whilst taking part in the January 2018 series of Celebs Go Dating, and it seemed to be successful for her as she got on well with car expert Laurence Hearn, but things fizzled out in March when she dumped him LIVE on Loose Women, and she got back with Arg.

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James Argent, April 2018

Arg officially asked Gemma to be his girlfriend on TOWIE in April 2018, and the pair don't seem to have looked back since! He's been supporting her during her stint on Dancing On Ice and they've even been talking about having children together.HOWEVER - in March 2019, Arg and Gem briefly split after Arg was found to have sent Gemma some VILE texts. Reports suggested that Gemma 'kicked Arg out of the house' after he shared a video of her snoring, before things escalated and he reportedly told her she has 'more rolls than Greggs'.There were also reports that when Gemma asked Arg to leave her home, the TOWIE star added, 'You fat horrible lump. Nasty mean woman. Who the f--- do you think you are? You've got more rolls than Greggs.' [sic]Thankfully, they're back on track as of March 2019!

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Despite their nine-year relationship being plagued by countless splits, insiders recently told Closer that the self-coined “GC” was hellbent on finally moving on from Arg, who had cruelly branded her a “hippo” and a “fat f**k” during their latest break up.

The pair’s romance ended after she discovered he had paid for another woman’s dinner during a holiday.

Since then, a seemingly carefree Arg has been snapped chatting up a string of women during his summer stint in Marbella and partying with Romana, the sister of his ex, Lydia Bright.

Gemma has made no secret of her insecurities over his childhood sweetheart Lydia, whose seven-year relationship with Arg overlapped with hers, creating TOWIE’s most infamous love triangle until his final split from Lydia in 2016.

After that, he eventually committed to Gemma. But during an episode of her reality show, Diva España, in 2018, Gemma sobbed, “He doesn’t care that I’m his girlfriend... and he says to me, ‘Does it hurt that I’ll never love you like I loved my ex-girlfriend?’”

Last week, Arg, who had recently appeared to gain weight again during lockdown, proudly gushed about feeling “incredible” after shedding two stone in two weeks following a juice cleanse at health guru Jason Vale’s Portugal retreat.

And pals say the reality star – who also accused Arg of cheating on her in 2012, after he was snapped leaving a nightclub with two women, which she later backtracked on – is worried by the thought of seeing him with another woman again since he’s regained his confidence.

The source says, “While Gemma’s trying to put on a brave face and focus on moving on with her life, inside she’s grieving the loss of a man she’s loved for almost a decade and for a future she’d pinned her baby hopes and all her dreams on for so long.

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They've been on and off for years ©Getty

“While she knows Arg isn’t right for her and still harbours so much hurt and anger, understandably she still loves him, so the thought of seeing him with someone else – and him giving them what she always wanted – absolutely shatters her.”

Their most recent split has been particularly tough for Gemma. It came just weeks after Arg vowed to start a family with the star whose “tough love” he credited to saving his life following his latest rehab stint, in which he spent three months in Thailand for drug and alcohol addiction and weight gain.

In a heartbreaking twist to their painful break-up, Gemma bravely revealed she’d miscarried their baby during the lockdown.And adding to her previous confessions about her desperation to settle down and have a family, Gemma – who tragically lost a baby during a previous relationship in 2012 and had an abortion in her early twenties – said, “I desperately want to become a mum.”

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But insiders say the spiritual star has been turning to her trusted psychic to help her move past her latest hurdle to ensure she doesn’t spiral if her fears become a reality.

The source says, “Gem knows she needs to keep focusing on the future and her psychic and spiritual healer are helping her deal with the reality of the relationship finally being over and how it’ll feel when Arg does eventually move on.

“Even though it is a big fear of hers, her friends and family are also telling she shouldn’t worry, as they are adamant that she will get the happy ever after she deserves – with or without Arg.”

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