The TOWIE star speaks out about her traumatic experience
Gemma Collins has spoken out about her heartbreaking secret miscarriage – and revealed that she ended up delivering the baby at her home.
The TOWIE star says she was four months pregnant when the traumatic event happened in 2012 but hadn’t previously realised that she was expecting.
‘I woke up with excruciating pains,’ Gemma, 35, reveals in a new episode of Channel 5 show In Therapy.
‘My mum was like, “You’ve got a bad stomach”, and I’m thinking, “Nah, something’s not right here.”’
The reality star goes on to explain to therapist Mandy Saligari in the emotional scenes that she then had to give birth to the unborn child.
‘I rang an ambulance. I ended up giving birth on my landing to this four and a half month old baby,’ she explains.
‘The next minute they put me in the ambulance and this woman is going to me, “Do you want to bury your baby? Do you want to sign it over for scientific research?”’
Shockingly Gemma admits that she forced herself to attend the National Television Awards just hours later and managed to keep what had happened to herself.
‘My mum started crying, but I knew I had to go and perform at the National Television Awards,’ the blonde star says on the new programme.
‘I had loads of padding on because I was bleeding heavily, but to the outside world they wouldn’t know.’
It’s not the first time that Gemma has spoken about her devastating miscarriage.
In 2013 the Essex girl revealed her trauma in her autobiography and said how she’s shocked when she sees photos of herself from the NTAs taken not long after what had happened.
‘When I look at the pic, I was dead behind the eyes,’ she said at the time. ‘No one knew what I was going through.’
In Therapy airs on 5 July at 10pm on Channel 5.