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Gemma Collins gets emotional recalling ‘James Argent’s addiction that ‘ripped through’ her family and ‘broke her heart’

GEMMA Collins got emotional as she recalled James Argent's struggles with addiction.

The 40-year-old Towie star said his problems "ripped through" her family and "broke her heart".

"This is going to sound harsh but it is something I have dealt with in my life," she said on The Gemma Collins Podcast.

"As much as you love them, they really need help and addiction is a very serious illness.  

"I am going to tell you now, if you carry on like this things are going to get very out of control and you are going to end up in a really distressing situation.

"I can speak from my heart on this one because I have been there.

"People do get the right help, people do work on the steps.

"I've been where you are, you want to help and you believe them but once cocaine and addiction grabs hold of someone, you are powerless to do it.

"You are not the professional, I've been there myself and it's going to really break your heart. 

"I've seen it, I've been there, I've got the T-shirt and I found it too distressing and impacting on my own life.

"I have been in this position myself, it will destroy lives, it will rip through your family, it will rip through your friendship groups, it is a really awful situation.

"I look back now and I did it from love but it really can break your heart in the end."

Earlier this year Gemma admitted to having "suicidal thoughts" during Arg's drugs hell.

Gemma spoke candidly to Piers Morgan about the "love of my life" and impact of his cocaine addiction, which hit hardest in Christmas 2019 when she saved his life three times.

The reality TV favourite told Piers Morgan's Life Stories of her heartbreak at Arg's battle's and, watching the show from home, the 33-year-old reacted.

He uploaded a sassy shot of the GC in a pink crop top and black skintight leggings to his Instagram page, with the words: "So proud of her."

Arg, who recently sought help in rehab, tagged a star emoji icon to the end of his message, uploaded after her emotional chat on the ITV show.

During the interview, Gemma explained the raw impact of Arg's drug addiction on her health mentally, and said: "For anyone who ever thinks about taking drugs, or just trying it for one night, you can end up getting addicted.

"I was really happy with James. We did get on, but the drugs changed him as a person. I fought every day for three years to get him well."

The host then asked: "What was the lowest moment for you?"

Sobbing, Gemma replied: "I have felt suicidal… I think when my relationship broke down with Arg, that affected me. I just thought, I don't wanna be here anymore. I can't take it.

"Christmas was an all-time low. I saved his life three times, I had this insatiable love for him - I never wanted to give up on him."

Addressing her miscarriage at the start of last year, Gemma went on to admit that she would have happily had the baby with Arg.

Piers then said: "He is the love of your life really, warts and all", to which Gemma nodded in agreement before quietly affirming: "Yeah."


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society - from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others... You're Not Alone.

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The Sun revealed earlier this year that the pair are giving their romance another go after James completed a stint in rehab for cocaine addiction.

A friend told us: "They are spending every waking moment together. James has supported Gemma through some tough times in these last few months and she’s doing the same with him with his battle with sobriety and his weight.

"They’re not shouting about it like they’ve done previously but they are inseparable right now and are properly an item again.

“They’re talking about their future together - marriage, kids, the lot.”

Arg previously checked into The Priory in 2014 after being suspended from Towie after being found with traces of cocaine.

He then went into a Thai rehab facility in 2017 for his own mental and physical well being.

This week he had gastric surgery to help him lose 11st and save his life.

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