Apart from the minor fact she made the statement while travelling on a ferry to France during the TOWIE Christmas special, Gemma did return from the brief cast trip and is now back home in her beloved Brentwood.
Watching the festive Only Way Is Essexmas episode from the comfort of her own home, Gemma posed for a picture while snuggled under a blanket on the sofa.
On-screen, she was seen telling her TOWIE co-stars: "It's been a right rough old ride of it but, let me tell you, I'm so happy to be back in Essex.
"Essex is the best place in the world. I'm never going to leave it ever again."
Last month, Gemma flew to Australia to take part in this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!. However, after just three days, Gemma dramatically quit the jungle.
The reality star flew straight home before explaining to reporters at Heathrow Airport the reasons behind her decision to quit. Holding back tears, Gemma revealed that she had suffered a "trauma", adding that counsellors had "advised her against" going on the ITV1 show.
It is thought Gemma was referring to an alleged attack involving her boyfriend at her house.
"I decided to leave the jungle because, what a lot of people didn't know, is 24 hours before I went in something really bad had happened to me and I had quite bad injuries," she said.
"I had injuries to my head and all over my body but I didn't want to let anyone down. I was like, 'I've got to do this'. It was a massive opportunity and then, when I got into the jungle, everyone was saying I'd only been in there for two days but I'd actually been in there for six.
"I'd just been through so much trauma and when I got in there, the shock came out. I was just in shock, I was in trauma, and I was just in a really bad way. I'm sorry if I've let anyone down. But...I was in a very bad way."
But although she is delighted to be back in Essex, it doesn't mean her homecoming was drama free. During The Only Way Is Essexmas, Gemma was seen falling out with Ferne McCann again before they decided it would be best not to be friends anymore.
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