Gemma Collins gives Arg and Lydia her blessing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 May 2014
Gemma Collins (c) Can Management Ltd

Gemma Collins in her Sarasota Cobalt dress (c) Can Management Ltd

'The Only Way Is Essex' star Gemma Collins insists she's put her romance with James 'Arg' Argent behind her and would be happy for him to get back together with Lydia Bright

Gemma Collins has definitely moved on from James 'Arg' Argent.

The bubbly blonde insists she's turned the page on her romance with her 'The Only Way Is Essex' co-star and would be happy for him if he got back together with his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright.

The 33-year-old star finally faced up to the fact the ITV2 show's resident joker still had feelings for his ex when Lydia turned up unannounced to a party seen in the final episode of the last series of 'TOWIE', marking her first appearance on the show since 2012.

Gemma - who has just launched her Spring/Summer 2014 clothing collection - exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Me and Lydia have always got on really well. It's great to have her back on the show and I welcomed her with open arms. It was a shock and I cried because seeing Arg's reaction to her, I realised he has never had that reaction when he's seen me.

"Emotions were running high, it was our last filming for 'TOWIE' and we'd all had a drink. You realise you love someone and it's quite clear they're not really that bothered by you. I can't hide my feelings, what you see with me is what you get.

"So deep in my heart I'd be really happy for them if they got back together. I've moved on in my life. It feels like a mother letting their child go!"

The reality star-turned-designer has been dating older men since filming ended and has vowed to stay away from Arg because they're off better as friends.

Gemma explained: "We are such great friends and I do adore him so much, but I don't know what's going to be written in the stars for us. Since filming ended, I've been on the dating scene, I've been on a couple of dates with older men. I haven't even thought about Argent.

"I love him to bits but we are better off as friends. If he came to me and said, 'I love you, I do want to be with you', then maybe, but I don't think its going to happen. He is younger than me. To be fair, Elliott [Wright] is probably more my type now."

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