TOWIE star Gemma Collins has been speaking out about her jungle ordeal and what she feels about her dramatic early exit.
Speaking on This Morning, Gemma said that her decision to leave the jungle was not one she took lightly, but despite the flak she has received, she new it was the correct time to go.
“I regret it terribly because on a personal level it was the dream job I always wanted. I am devastated about the events before that,” she reavealed. An ongoing police investigation has limited what the blonde TOWIE celeb can reveal about what forced her to leave the jungle.
Gemma went on to tell Eamonn and Ruth: “I had been through an horrific ordeal 24 hours before I left for Australia. I was in so much shock, shock trauma. I have wanted to go into the jungle for three and a half years – it’s the job I’ve wanted my whole life.”
The This Morning pair asked Gemma why she had flown to Australia after undergoing such a difficult time; Gemma replied: “In hindsight I never should have got on the plane to go. When I got there I was trying to be upbeat Gemma. The TV producers knew something had gone on but I covered it up. I was actually in there six days – you only saw two day. Four days on I hit rock bottom.”
At this point Gemma says she spoke to the production team and told them: “I am not Gemma, I am breaking down, I have come in here a broken woman.”
Gemma also sought to answer critics who have said she stayed the minimum amount to time to collect her fee and said: “I didn’t collect my full fee. I was given a percentage – it is going to a charity for a starving children.”
And how does she answer anyone who says she’s quitting TV for good? Gemma declares that a “silly thing” to say.