Gemma Collins gave a raw and emotional account to Piers Morgan of her being abused by strangers online and in real life.
She opened up to Piers about her experience of being bullied at school.
In the show, Gemma was shown crying after watching a video on people talking of the abuse she had received.
She said: “That’s hard to watch. I’ve, well you don’t forget it but that’s the downside to fame. I’m a lot more comfortable now in my own skin.”
Piers added: “The viciousness of that, you know we found some of these messages ‘Please leave TOWIE and die, you hurt my eyes when you come on TV. Please just die you waste of oxygen, you’re just a fat attention seeking b… and so on. I mean utterly vile.”
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Piers spoke at length on Good Morning Britain on Monday about the disgusting comments they both received on social media when he tweeted about Gemma featuring on the show.
Gemma described one of the times where people actually said nasty stuff to her face – not online.
“It was so embarrassing once,” she continued. “I was taking my mum for lunch, a van pulled up and they started abusing me.
“It wasn’t for me, I felt so hurt that that happened in front of my mum.”
Asked by Piers what was it that they were saying, she answered: “You fat C***. You know, fat cow…”
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Gemma spoke about her ongoing struggle with overeating in difficult times.
“I think I have always turned to food in-in times of crisis,” she added. “I mean any occasion, if I’m happy I eat, if I’m sad I eat.
“I think it’s about dealing with your emotions and trying to find a way of dealing with them in a healthy way and not turning to something that can harm you. Cos it is like a form of self-harm.”
Gemma also spoke about her childhood in Romford, Greater London and how she got bullied at school.
She said: “There was no money but we had a really lovely childhood. I can remember having my first probably big birthday party at the Little Chef and thinking that was a really posh restaurant.
“And I think my hard work and tenacity comes from my dad. He used to work all the hours under the sun and even do a night shift in a pub.”
She agreed when Piers said that her mum had instilled into her a lot of self-confidence, which caused people to bully her at school.3
Piers continued: “Mocking you for your self-confidence. All those bullies who punched you and chanted at you and teased you and tried to prick that confidence, if they’re watching as you sit here in your Versace suit doing Life Stories , having just told me you’ve made a million pounds out of being Gemma Collins, what would you say to them? Does it feel good to have rubbed their taunts in their face?”
Gemma said: “I don’t believe in revenge and two wrongs don’t make a right. I hope that they’ve worked on something within themselves.”
To what Piers replied: “Well said.”
*Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs Thursday at 9pm on ITV.