Gemma Collins’ misery over James Argent’s calls to his ex

"Seeing that snap posted publicly of them FaceTiming really stung"

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by Daisy McLure |
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She recently broke down and called him the “love of [her] life” during her Piers Morgan interview, but insiders say Gemma Collins has been left rattled by James “Arg” Argent once again as his ex, Lydia Bright, revealed they were in regular contact.

Lydia, 30, shared a snap of Arg, 31 – who she described as a “very good friend” – FaceTiming her and her one-year-old daughter, Loretta, during an Instagram Live.

And pals say Lydia’s revelation has reignited Gemma’s insecurities over their on/off relationship. The source says, “Gemma knows Arg shares a huge amount of history with Lydia and understands they will always care about one another, but seeing that snap posted publicly of them FaceTiming really stung. It was a miserable reminder of all those years she felt second-best to Lydia.”

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The exes FaceTimed with Lydia’s daughter ©Instagram / lydiabright

When Gemma first joined TOWIE in 2011, her unrequited love for Arg became one of reality show’s most infamous love triangles. Arg even caused fury between the women after it was revealed he had slept with them both on the same day during a trip to Marbella.

Gemma broke down in tears on her reality show Diva Espana in 2019, saying Arg had told her he would “never love her like he loved” his childhood sweetheart Lydia, who he split from in 2016 following a nine-year romance.

And just weeks after Gemma and Arg broke up last summer, he was seen out with Lydia’s sister, Romana, 18, in Spain.

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Arg is having a gastric sleeve ©Shutterstock

Gemma and Arg have appeared on good terms recently, with Arg sending her a huge bouquet of flowers for her 40th last month while she’s announced that she’ll become a mum and get engaged this year.

But last week, Arg – who revealed he is set to undergo a gastric sleeve after reaching 26st – said that, while they’re “not officially” back together due to him isolating for being at high risk of COVID due to his weight, they are in contact and it’s “positive”.

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Insiders say while Gemma respects Arg’s history with Lydia – who split from Loretta’s dad Lee Cronin last Spring – she’s issued him an ultimatum that if he wants a romance with her, then there has to be boundaries.

The source says, “Gemma’s told Arg she can’t move forward with Lydia constantly in the background. They’ve already been through so much, Gemma doesn’t want anything or anyone causing any unnecessary drama between them. If they’re going to make a go of this, she needs to know she’s his number one.

“She isn’t saying he must cut Lydia out – and she and Lydia get on, too – but she wants him to keep her completely in the loop with how much contact there is, as she felt humiliated after their phone calls were made public.”

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