As legendary icon Gemma Collins turns 40, we round up the reasons we love the diva, from A to Z

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Gemma Collins has become a TV icon since she first hit our screens on TOWIE.

Since then the star has gone on to appear on a range of shows, from Celebrity Big Brother, to I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in the Australian jungle to her very memorable stint on Dancing on Ice.

And as the star turns 40, we round up the reasons we love the diva, from A to Z.


A IS FOR ACCIDENT PRONE: From falling through a trapdoor while presenting the 2017 Radio 1 Teen Choice Awards.

B IS FOR BEAUTY FAILS: Gemma had a tendency to overdo her bronzer in the early TOWIE episodes, recently commenting, “Why did no one tell me I’m pure orange?”

C IS FOR CANDY: An icon was born in 2012 when Gem shouted, “Take a good look at this – you ain’t ever gonna get this candy” to her on/off boyfriend James Argent.

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D IS FOR DIVA: In a clash with co-star Ferne McCann on TOWIE, Gemma quipped, “I’m Gemma Collins. I’m 34, I’ve earned my divaship.”


E IS FOR ESSEX: Her home, her kingdom. Or, as Gemma once said when she answered the phone, “Gemma Collins, New York, Paris, Milan, Essex.”

F IS FOR “F**K OFF GILLIAN MCKEITH”: When Gemma entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2016 many memes were born. One of our faves was when Gemma answered the phone to the healthy eating guru shouting, “F**k off Gillian McKeith.”

G IS FOR GET HER OUT OF HERE: In 2014, Gem signed up for a stint in the I’m A Celeb jungle but didn’t last long, leaving a mere 72 hours later citing personal reasons.

H IS FOR 'HEY BIG SPENDER': Gem is not only renowned for her love of flashing the cash, but the diva belted out Big Spender on Celebrity Big Brother during a talent show, even throwing her leg up on the table to wow the judges.


I IS FOR “I’M CLAUSTROPHOBIC DARREN”: Gemma wasn’t a fan of many of the tasks during her time on CBB, but in one particularly memorable moment, she had an almighty meltdown and screeched, “I’m claustrophobic, Darren,” at co-star Darren Day, leaving us all in hysterics.

J IS FOR JESUS CHRIST: The star once claimed she was a prophet put on this earth to ease the suffering of others, adding, “I have endured pain and suffering in my life, things haven’t always been easy, I have suffered. And now I can help people in their lives.”

K IS FOR KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS: Gem made a BFF for life during her CBB stint – Jonathan Cheban, who also happens to be besties with Kim K. This led Gemma to confess, “By the time you’re finished with me, I’m gonna be a Gem-dashian.”

L IS FOR LIZARD PEOPLE: Last year, Gemma revealed she believed a conspiracy theory that lizard people live among us. “There are different kinds of species living in the UK and around the world. I want to meet you, I want to touch you, I want to smell you, I want to know more,” she said.


M IS FOR MEMES: She’s the queen of memes, but the Diva Forever star left us in stitches in the summer of 2017 when she pronounced the word as “memays”.

N IS FOR NO: It was classic GC when she answered the CBB phone by shouting, "NO!" then hung up.

O IS FOR ON/OFF ROMANCE: Gem and Arg have always been so on and off that it’s hard to keep up. Earlier this month it was reported they may be back on, but nothing is certain with this pair!

P IS FOR PARENTS: Poor Gemma thanked doctors after her parents Alan and Joan were struck down with Covid-19. It’s believed Joan became ill with the virus after a Christmas shopping trip to London with Gemma.


Q IS FOR QUEEN OF ESSEX: The county’s biggest export since Dame Maggie Smith, when will Gem get her damehood?

R IS fOR REALITY SHOW VETERAN: From Splash! to Dancing On Ice, you name it, Gem’s done it.

S IS FOR SHOULDER PADS: Lest we forget the infamous orange dress with shoulder pads that became an internet sensation after The GC sported it in 2017. Gemma later joked, “Do you know what NFL, if you’re watching this and you want a new player, I’m your girl.”


T IS FOR TANTRUMS: Every diva has tantrums, but our Gem definitely has more than most.

U IS FOR UNAPOLOGETIC: After failing to turn up for a date on Celebs Go Dating in 2018, Gem admitted she “did a marathon of the Kardashians, had a cheeky bar of Galaxy and got a spray tan” instead, leaving Eden Blackman and Nadia Essex far from impressed. Her date still forgave her, though.

V IS FOR VERY EXPENSIVE HAIR: Gemma bawled her eyes out after her extensions were frazzled by the house’s straighteners during her CBB stay. “This is very expensive hair. It’s f**king frazzled,” she cried.


W IS FOR WORKOUT: Like many of us, Gemma attempted a Joe Wicks workout during the first lockdown of 2020. Giving up after a couple of minutes, she cried, “Oh no, the boobs!”

X IS FOR X FACTOR: It’s the one reality show she hasn’t appeared on, but if you’ve heard Gem sing, you’ll know she could be a contender.

Y IS FOR YEARNING: One thing that has so far eluded the star is the chance to be a mum. She’s suffered miscarriages, but says she won’t give up on her dream.

Z IS FOR ZEN: She loves yoga and reiki, but don’t get her started on that pesky full moon.

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