I'm A Celebrity's Gemma Collins is actually "tough", says her mum

Published Tuesday, Nov 18 2014, 09:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! star Gemma Collins was seen weeping on last night's show as the pressure of jungle life got to her.

Not only did she tell her fellow campmates that she thought she was suffering from 'malaria', Gemma was seen breaking down in tears about the lack of food on offer.

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She told Irish model Nadia Forde that she didn't realise the experience would be as difficult as it has been and even suggested that she could quit.

However, speaking from the TOWIE star's home in Romford, Essex, Gemma's mum Joan has reassured fans that her daughter is actually tougher than people think.

Joan, who has appeared on The Only Way Is Essex alongside Gem, told The Mirror: "Gemma is doing brilliantly. She will get through it, she's quite tough."

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Along with this year's contestants, Gemma was seen arriving in the Australian jungle during Sunday night's (16 November) launch show. However, things had already got off to a bad start for the bubbly blonde.

Shortly after meeting Craig Charles, Nadia Forde, Vicki Michelle and Jimmy Bullard, Gemma and the group were told they were going straight to the jungle slammer following votes from the public.

The other campmates - Melanie Sykes, Kendra Wilkinson, Carl Fogarty, Tinchy Stryder and Michael Buerk were given one extra night of luxury.

Gemma Collins seen in tears during helicopter ride on I'm A Celebrity in Australia... 15 November 2014

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But just getting to the slammer proved to be a massive challenge for Gemma, as she suffered a panic attack before their helicopter had even lifted off the ground.

Reveal's very own I'm A Celebrity blogger, Gemma's friend and TOWIE co-star Danielle Armstrong, yesterday affectionately described her as the "Diva Of The Jungle".

She said: "Obviously I know Gemma and she has already shown she is not just the Diva Of TOWIE but also the Diva Of The Jungle; she even got Nadia Forde to give her a shower and Craig Charles to spoon feed her!"

Meanwhile, Gemma's BFF, TOWIE star Bobby Norris, is currently on his way to Australia to support her during her time on the ITV1 show.

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here 2014. Who is your favourite so far?
Kendra Wilkinson19.89%
Gemma Collins15.25%
Michael Buerk3.50%
Tinchy Stryder5.20%
Melanie Sykes12.88%
Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty7.12%
Nadia Forde14.01%
Craig Charles4.29%
Vicki Michelle3.62%
Jimmy Bullard14.24%