Gemma Collins heartbroken by split
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 November 2014
Gemma Collins has spoken about her decision to quit 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' explaining a sudden split from her boyfriend Alex meant she was feeling emotionally volatile on the programme
Gemma Collins quit 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' because of a "personal and very serious incident".
The 33-year-old star left the show yesterday (19.11.14) after three nights in the jungle, and has now revealed her split from boyfriend Alex Moss before the cameras started rolling is to blame for her short stay in the camp.
She explained: "The jungle was harder than I ever expected, I am just not as strong as I thought I was.
"A personal and very serious incident that happened to me hours before I flew to Australia affected me in camp far more than I could have imagined and I just couldn't carry on in there."
Police were called to 'The Only Way is Essex' star's home in Brentwood, Essex shortly before she flew across the world for the reality show - with Gemma claiming her boyfriend had assaulted her.
The 34-year-old ex-convict was questioned by police following the incident before being released on bail, but friends of Gemma claim the situation was still fresh on her mind when she entered the camp.
A source close to the busty blonde said: "She was devastated. She thought he was the one.
"She was going through a sudden and dramatic break-up, then she had to get on a plane and fly out to Australia for one of the most intense experiences of her life.
"She hasn't been able to talk to anyone."
As well as the emotional turmoil of the altercation with her former lover, friends added that her mother's ill health would also have been playing on her mind.
The source continued: "On top of that, her mum has been ill for months, and she was worried about leaving her."