Gemma Collins reveals dad is ‘fighting for his life’ after being hospitalised with Covid

"It's not been a great Christmas or New Year"

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |
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Gemma Collins has opened up about her families battle with Covid and revealed her dad is "fighting for his life" in hospital.

The former TOWIE star announced the sad news on her BBC podcast The Gemma Collins Podcast.

"It has been just the most awful Christmas and New Year for me. I am not going to dwell on it," she began.

"Both of my parents have had Covid. My dad is still in hospital now. He's literally been fighting for his life.

"It has been one awful time of it but I'm so happy to be back chatting with you all," she told her listeners.

The 39-year-old reality star went on to admit that the past few weeks haven't been easy.

"Things are so difficult. It is relentless at the moment with everything going on. I am finding myself juggling so many plates at the minute.

"It's been a real shock to myself and my family with my dad being in hospital.

"He's the one who kind of looks after us all and has always been the strong one in the family. It is all on me."

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Mark Wright and Sam Faiers

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Kirk Norcross and Amy Childs

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Gemma Collins and Charlie King

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Lauren Goodger and Tom Pearce

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Mario Falcone and Chloe Sims

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Harry Derbidge and Bobby Norris

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Dan Osborne and Lucy Mecklenburgh

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Charlie Sims and Ferne McCann

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Dan Edgar and Kate Wright

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Shelby Tribble and Tom McDonnell

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James Argent and Jasmin Walia

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Gemma went on to add, "I don't mind because things don't always go to plan in life. I hope you are all staying safe as much as you can.

"It's not been a great Christmas or New Year, roll on next Christmas and next New Year.

"I am just going to forget about last year, it has not been good."

The GC also told her fans that the past few weeks have been nonstop, "I've had to be a superhero with two parents in hospital with two businesses and a TV career and a dog.

"There is so much. You don't realise how much has to get done."

Shortly before Christmas, Gemma told her fans that her parents were battling coronavirus in an emotional Instagram post.

And earlier this month she revealed her dad said he'd "rather be dead than experience everything he is going through right now".

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After insisting that her dream of marriage and a baby will finally happen in 2021, an insider has revealed that Gemma is back with on/off boyfriend, James “Arg” Argent.

"Arg has been a huge support to Gemma over the past few weeks, especially with her parents’ illness.

"He’s shown how far he’s come on his sobriety journey – checking-in on her constantly and being on the other end of the phone for her whenever she needs a shoulder to cry on," a source told Closer magazine.

They added, "While the lockdown restrictions have made it hard to see each other, they’ve been for a couple of walks – adhering to the rules of seeing one person outside their household."

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