Gemma Collins’ revenge: ‘My hot new look will make Arg sorry’

After a decade of going round in circles with on/off boyfriend James ‘Arg’ Argent, the GC is taking drastic steps to end her emotional turmoil once and for all

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by Daisy McLure |
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Showing off her tanned curves in a black bikini as she soaked up the sun in Tenerife last week, Gemma Collins proved she’s not letting her heartbreak over her latest split from James “Arg” Argent stop her weight-loss mission after losing 3st.

In true GC style, the self-coined diva, 39, looked every inch the glamour queen. She defiantly put on a brave face after the 32-year-old toy boy cruelly branded her a “fat f--k” and a “hippo” in his latest fat-shaming attack on the Diva Forever star – just weeks after crediting her with saving his life following his latest stint in rehab for drink and drug addiction and vowing to settle down and start a family with her.

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Gemma shopping earlier this month ©Getty Images

A week after news of the split, reports claimed Gemma had cancelled an event in Marbella, at her former TOWIE co-star Elliot Wright’s restaurant, after learning Arg was headed there. Additional claims surfaced that she’d hired a security guard for the event in case her ex caused a scene, before learning he’d planned to win her back.

And pals say the self-confessed comfort eater – who’s admitted to using SkinnyJabs, combined with a healthier diet, to help her body transformation – is determined to show Arg what he’s missing.

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Arg in July last year ©Getty Images

A source says, “In the past, every time Gemma was left heartbroken by Arg, she masked her pain with food and went into self-destruct mode, which she’s determined not to do this time. She’s insisting she won’t let him ruin her physically as well as mentally and, if anything, their split has made her more determined than ever to get to her size 16 goal and prove to both herself and to him that she is in control and can be better and stronger without him.

“Gemma is very down emotionally, but body-wise, she’s feeling more confident than ever. She wants Arg to kick himself and feel sorry about what he’s done when he sees the snaps of her hot new body – especially knowing how much attention she’ll be getting from other men, which at least gives her some satisfaction.”

While the pair’s rollercoaster on/off nine-year relationship has been plagued by countless break-ups, pals say the unstoppable entrepreneur – who recently signed a six-figure endorsement deal to be the face of budget airline Wizz Air – says she is determined to make it stick this time.

A source says, “Gem’s focused on doing whatever she can to break this toxic cycle – she’s tired of it.

“Her friends are wondering about the chances of them getting back together given her history and seeing first-hand the hold he has over her, but she knows she has to try her hardest to move on this time. She deserves more than this, so she is looking into different ways of getting him out of her head.”

The former Dancing on Ice star – who is deeply spiritual and called in her shaman to “cleanse the energy” on the rink during her stint on the show last year – has previously opened up about seeking guidance from psychics.

She also revealed how a clairvoyant said she would marry someone whose name began with the letter ‘A’, after broadcasting the tarot card session to her 1.4 million Instagram followers last year.

The source says, “Gemma’s always found a lot of solace in spiritual healing during tough times in her life. She’s admitted that she never truly embraced it throughout her relationship with Arg, as she was always too afraid of facing the truth. But now, she wants to try whatever she can to end her obsession with him and release herself from the spell he has over her.”

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Jake Hall, series 14 -17

Jake's time on TOWIE was mainly characterised by his on / off relationship with Chloe Lewis and his alleged cheating on her. He finally (sort of) confessed that he'd done the dirty with Megan McKenna in a very emosh scene on a park bench. Ah, precious memories.

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Jake Hall, 2019

Jake is now engaged to former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Missé Beqiri and they have a child together. Just before Christmas 2018, Jake was given a restraining order following a bust up between the pair.

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Pascal Craymer, series ten

Pascal Cramer walked into TOWIE series ten as the new squeeze of Mario Falcone. Sadly, Mario still had the hots for his former flame Lucy Mecklenburgh. Pascal found out when she watched the episode in which Mario admitted his feelings for Lucy. AWKWARD.

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Pascal Craymer, 2018

Pascal recently dated king of the jungle trouser snake Nick Knowles although they split before he entered I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! We do not believe that is a real guitar.

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Lauren Goodger, series one - six, 16 and 19

Remember when Lauren looked like this? She was a TOWIE OG and her on / off relationship with Mark Wright, including getting engaged in a car park, was the stuff of reality TV dreams.

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Lauren Goodger, 2019

Lauren is still much loved by the public although her she is still unlucky in love. In summer 2019, the reality TV queen kickstarted her hunt for love with the help of the agents on Celebs Go Dating.

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Maria Fowler, series 1 - 3

Maria, on the left with Joey Essex and Chloe Sims in 2011, was in the show from the get-go but her TV career was rocked when it was alleged she'd worked as an escort. She's since said she quit 'by mutual consent' after she refused an on-screen romance with Mick Norcross.

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Maria Fowler, 2018

Maria's now a proud mummy, engaged to be married and a self-proclaimed permanent make-up artist.

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Dan Osborne, series 8 - 14

Dan Osborne, pictured here with James Argent in 2013, managed seven series on the show. He was given the boot after a series of recordings, claiming to show Dan being verbally abusive towards his ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin, came to light.

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Dan Osborne, 2018

Dan is still in the spotlight due to his relationship with ex-EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa. In May 2018 he described their marriage as "unhappy", but the couple have share daughters Ella and Mia together. Dan also has a son Teddy.

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Amber Dowding, series 18 - 21

Amber was part of a mega cull of seven Towie characters in January 2018. She claimed that she and her boyfriend Chris Clark were cut because they were happy. They've now split and Chris has reappeared on the show.

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Amber Dowding, 2019

If Amber's social media is anything to go by, she now appears to mostly be on holiday. Pretty goals from where we're sitting.

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Mike Hassini, series 16 - 18 and 21

Mike Hassini brought a hot bod to TOWIE and...not much else. He was cut in January 2018 due to a lack of storylines as he was loved-up outside the telly show.

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Mike Hassini, 2019

Mike is working as a PT, still loved-up, and still has a very hot bod. Blimey.

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Jack Rigden, series 20 - 21

Jack Rigden tried hard, so hard, to make an impression on Towie but his lack of on-screen romance and agg saw him get very little camera time. He was part of the big cull of January 2018.

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Jack Rigden, 2022

Jack now owns a Fish and Chip business called Let's Get Battered. He also has an Instagram page dedicated to his love of cooking and all things food called @rigdensrecipes.

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Jordan Brook, series 20 - 21

Jordan and Jack were brought in as friends of Megan McKenna. When she quit, they were left without any storylines.

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Jordan Brooks, 2019

Jordan has recently broken up with Sofia Filipe of Ex On The Beach, following a year-long romance.

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Ricky Rayment, series 4 - 14

We still think very fondly of Ricky. His rocky relationship with Jess Wright was a huge part of the show but when they finally broke up, well... Ricky left the show "by mutual agreement"with Towie bosses.

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Ricky Rayment, 2019

Ricky now seems to mainly go fishing.

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Tom Pearce, series 5 - 13

Remember when Tom Pearce dated Lauren Goodger following her split from Mark Wright? That was an odd time. He was quietly shown the back doorof the show in 2014.

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Tom Pearce, 2019

Honestly? We're not 100% sure what Tom is actually doing these days. He used to work in the City, and his holidays certainly look pretty epic, so maybe that.

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Grace Andrews, series 11 - 12

Grace almost had a romantic relationship with Lewis Bloor (shudder) and that was the beginning and end of her time on Towie.

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Grace Andrews, 2019

Grace is now involved in a semi-permanent make-up company. Those Towie stars must really hate cleanser.

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Fran Parman, series 11 - 16

Fran's original romantic interest was Tom Pearce but he stepped aside to allow Diags to woo her. Bad luck. Their relationship was turbulent but apparently not turbulent enough for show producers. Diags stayed, she went.

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Fran Parman, 2019

Fran and Diags split and she now hangs out in clothing that does not look very practical. The star still enjoys partying and she is often seen out with ex Love Island stars.

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Jasmin Walia, series 1 and 7-17

Jasmin managed eight series until she was given the boot. In 2015 her agent stated: "TOWIE is very storyline dependent and Jasmin did not have much going on that we could show on screen."Ouch. She went on to audition for The X Factor. It did not go well. She also took part in reality show Desi Rascals, that lasted for one series.

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Jasmin Walia, 2019

Jasmin is still being papped, which is more than can be said for some of the other ex-Towie stars.

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Harry Derbridge, series 1- 3 and 12

Harry Derbridge was a Towie original and still holds a very special place in our hearts. He made a welcome return to the show as Bobby Norris's love interest but, allegedly, cheated on him.

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Harry Derbridge, 2019

Harry now works it as a make-up artist. Is it us, or does he look like he might have had a little help with lip fillers?

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Billie Faiers, series 2 - 18

Billie followed in her sister's footsteps and joined the TOWIE cast in the second series. The beauty was never involved in any of the love stories on the show, yet was often locked in fiery rows.In 2016, the 29 year old left the reality show after five years to concentrate on her family and other business ventures.

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Billie Faiers, 2019

Billie and her new-hubbie Greg got hitched in March 2019 in a luxurious wedding in the Maldives.They became parents for the first time to Nelly in 2014, followed by their son Arthur born in March 2017. Billie is the director of high-street fashion brand Minnies Boutique and stars in the Mummy Diaries alongside her sister Sam.

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Sam Faiers, series 1 - 11

Sam appeared in the first episode of The Only Way Is Essex and starred in eleven series of the show. Initially, she was involved with Mark Wright despite him being in an on/off relationship with Lauren Goodger In series 2, Sam started her romance with Joey Essex and they got engaged during series 8. In March 2014, Faiers announced that she would be taking a break from TOWIE after the end of its eleventh series, due to her recent Crohn's disease diagnosis.

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Sam Faiers, 2019

Sam now stars in her and Billie's spin-off show, The Mummy Diaries on ITVBe. The reality star has children Paul, 4, and Rosie, 2, with her boyfriend Paul Knightley. She runs her own clothing line, All Bits London and lives in Hertfordshire.

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Ferne McCann, series 9 - 17

Ferne McCann made her debut on series 9 of The Only Way Is Essex in 2013, while on holiday in Marbella. Ferne is best known for her on/off relationship with TOWIE star Charlie Sims (Chloe Sims brother - awks!)

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Ferne McCann, 2019

Ferne came runner up on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015, losing out to new bestie Vicky Pattison.Since then she has landed several presenting roles and seemed loved up with her boyfriend Arthur Collins. However, things went sour when Arthur was arrested for throwing acid in a nightclub.She gave birth to baby Sunday in November 2017. Ferne now raises her child alone as a single parent, after calling time on her relationship with Arthur. She stars in her own show, Ferne McCann: First Time Mum

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James 'Arg' Argent, series 1–19 and 21–23

Arg shot to fame on the reality show in 2010 alongside then girlfriend Lydia Bright. After his first split from Lydia, his on-off romance with Gemma Collins first started. ​Between 2013 - 2015 Gemma dated newbie Rami, while Arg got back together with Lydia.In October 2014, Argent was suspended from The Only Way Is Essex after failing a drugs test. He returned to the series, but left in 2018.

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James 'Arg' Argent, 2019

Despite attempting to mantain his up-and-down body transformation, Arg is still in an on-off relationship with Gemma Collins. He occasionally stars in her new show, Diva Forever.

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Lydia Bright, series 1–7, 9, and 11–20

She shot to fame as part of the original cast of Towie in 2010. She became known for her on-off relationship with fellow cast member James 'Arg' Argent.Lydia and Args' relationship pre-dates that of even Towie as the pair have been on and off since they were teenagers, but after his infidelity and drug use, Lydia called it quits.

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Lydia Bright, 2019

In August, Lydia made the announcement that she's expecting a child. This will be Lydia's first child, which she conceived during her relationship with Lee Cronin. The two, however, are no longer together.

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Shelby Tribble, series 22-25

Shelby didn't have the easiest time on TOWIE; she was left heartbroken after Pete Wicks did the dirty on her, she fell out with Sam Mucklow and then had an epic fall out with BFFs Clelia Theodorou and Olivia Attwood.

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Shelby Tribble, 2019

After reuniting with Sam and falling out with her BFFs, Shelby decided to leave the show with her boyfriend. In May 2020, she announced she's pregnant with her first child.

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Sam Mucklow, series 23-25

Billi Mucklow's brother Sam joined TOWIE and despite his rocky friendship turned relationship with Shelby, they managed to make things work and in 2019 he revealed he was quitting the show to focus on his "fairytale" relationship.

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Sam Mucklow, 2019

Months after quitting TOWIE in favour of his relationship, Sam and his girlfriend announced they're expecting their first child together.

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Jon Clark, series 17-23

Following his stint on Love Island, Jon Clark joined the cast of TOWIE and had a row with Kate Wright, dated Lauren Pope and pretty much kicked off with the majority of the cast.

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Jon Clark, 2018

Jon was reportedly 'suspended' from the ITVBe show after he allegedly assaulted Diags. He has pretty much remained out of the spotlight since.

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Chris Clark, series 17-23

Chris Clark joined TOWIE and started dating Amber Dowding but they split and he went on to date Jesy Nelson. He then got back with Amber and they were both axed from the show.

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Chris Clark now

Following his split from Amber, Chris returned to the show but left again shortly after. He also fell out with BFF Myles Barnett. And judging by his Instagram account he appears to travel a lot - lucky.

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Myles Barnett, series 20-23

Myles joined the reality show because he was dating Courtney Green. However their relationship was very rocky and during one row he called her a "dirty dog" and a "sl-g". After he split from Courtney he then moved on with Kady McDermott however after one series together they were axed.

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Myles Barnett, 2019

Myles announced that he was leaving the ITVBe show to focus on his relationship and career before adding he would share his life on social media "instead of it being in the hands of tv editors who are strangers to me". However it appears that he's since split from Kady despite buying a house with her.

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Kady McDermott, series 23

Kady joined TOWIE during series 23 and caused quite a stir among Myles' ex-girlfriend Courtney Green and her pals. She only lasted one series but ended her stint with an explosive row with Amber Turner.

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Kady McDermott, 2020

Kady may have split from Myles Barnett since their time on TOWIE but she's an influencer, a house owner and a TikTok star.

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Mario Falcone, series 3-21 (on/off)

Mario first joined TOWIE during series 3 and went on to date and get engaged to Lucy Mecklenburgh. They then split and he was an on/off the show but decided to leave in 2018 because "it just wasn't for me anymore."

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Mario Falcone, 2019

Following his time on the show Mario and his partner Becky Miesner got engaged and welcomed their son Parker into the world.

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Gemma and Arg have had a rocky relationship over the years ©Getty Images

Her rocky relationship with Arg was initially played out on TOWIE. Her unrequited love for the singer and their love triangle with his ex, Lydia Bright, became a recurrent theme of their early romance, which has also been repeatedly plagued by Arg’s cruel comments about her size, despite his own weight battles.

In between their numerous splits, the star has endured a series of troubled romances. She claimed her ex, Alex Moss, assaulted her before her stint on I’m A Celeb! in 2014, but he was never charged and vehemently denies the allegations. She dated convict Stephen Mortimer in 2015 before he was jailed again, and accused her former fiancé, Rami Hawash – to whom she was linked, on/off, for three years, until 2017 – of destroying her self-esteem and leading to a nervous breakdown due to his cruel weight jibes.

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Gemma during her appearance on Channel 5's show In Therapy ©Channel 5

In 2016, Gemma made an emotional appearance on Channel 5’s In Therapy, opening up to counsellor Mandy Saligari about her issues. Speaking about Alex, she said, “I turned him into a movie star. He had a Range Rover... and he f---ed me over so bad.”

And in reference to Rami, she admitted, “I went out with [him] and the only reason I did it was because it would give me a storyline. I didn’t even fancy him. I don’t know what’s real any more.”

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Dishing out relationship advice on her self-titled podcast earlier this month to a heartbroken fan who revealed her fiancé had dumped her and refused to answer the phone, Gemma said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish. Stay strong, honey, don’t let no one put you down, get the answers you need. Wipe a line under it, hun, get back out there and find a new one to marry.”

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Insiders reveal Gemma hopes to find a different type of man to Arg. In her autobiography Basically... My Life As A Real Essex Girl, she described her ideal love, writing, “I have always looked for someone with a darker side. I like men who are edgy, I like gangsters and characters. It’s all about the geezers.”

The source says, “Gemma doesn’t want to have any regrets or to analyse the past too much. She wants to get to the root of why she’s drawn to bad boys who mistreat her, so she can meet a man who will worship and adore her like she deserves.

“While she’s not rushing into anything, she’s also told pals she’s trying as hard as she can not to waste more time on Arg and wants to go for someone who treats her properly.”

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