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Gemma Collins talks for the first time about how she self harmed ‘for years

‘This is a side of her rarely seen by anyone’: Gemma Collins talks for the first time about how she self harmed ‘for years’ in a new documentary

Gemma Collins has opened up about how she self harmed for years when she was younger in a new documentary for Channel 4. 

The reality star, 40, will reveal in the film which will be air later this year about how she used self harm in an attempt to take control of situations.  

Known for being the bubbliest person in the room, this news may come as a shock to her loyal fans.

Opening up: Gemma Collins, 40, has revealed how she self harmed for years when she was younger in a new documentary for Channel 4

A source has told The Sun: ‘Gemma and Channel Four have worked closely together with Mind to make this new film that will come out later this year.’ 

The confession will appear on the programme, which is being supported by the mental health charity, named Gemma Collins: Self Harm & Me.  

As well as delving into her own experience, she will be talking to many young people to discuss their’s as well. 

Helping: As well as delving into her own experience, she will be talking to many young people to discuss their's as well

Helping: As well as delving into her own experience, she will be talking to many young people to discuss their’s as well 

‘She has never spoken before publicly about her experience of self-harming but believes by using her platform and speaking about how it affected her, she can ultimately help others.

‘This is a side to Gemma rarely seen by anyone outside of her inner circle and is deeply personal.’

The TV personality will also be speaking out about tell-tale signs of when someone around you is self-harming and hopes this will help to raise awareness of the support networks available to those who struggle with their mental health. 

Speaking out: 'This is a side to Gemma rarely seen by anyone outside of her inner circle and is deeply personal,' a source told The Sun

Speaking out: ‘This is a side to Gemma rarely seen by anyone outside of her inner circle and is deeply personal,’ a source told The Sun 

Channel 4’s Lee Murray has said of the documentary that Gemma has made the ‘brave’ decision to talk about her experience with self harm.

He added that they recognise Gemma – who is well known following her time on TOWIE – has taken a lot of courage to talk about her struggles. 

Mind told The Sun how Gemma’s decision to speak publicly would help many people who were struggling, and that research shows that when people in the public eye speak out about such issues, it helps people do the same. 

Spreading awareness: The TV personality will also be speaking out about tell-tale signs of when someone around you is self-harming

Spreading awareness: The TV personality will also be speaking out about tell-tale signs of when someone around you is self-harming 

Elsewhere in Gemma’s life,  she confirmed she’s rekindled her romance with ex-fiancé Rami Hawash and revealed their plans to try for a baby.

The former TOWIE star rekindled her romance with the businessman after she split from fellow former TOWIE star James Argent earlier this year, and previously insisted they ‘just having fun.’

Gemma revealed her and Rami’s plans during her Love Lounge podcast, saying: ‘I’m definitely having a summer of love, so while I go on a mini break. Who knows, I could come back pregnant.’

She added: ‘I’ve got a lovely partner now and I’m very happy, I never saw that coming and I never predicted it.

‘This is what I’m saying, you really have to let your past go and move to the future because everyone’s Prince Charming is out there somewhere, and I’m looking forward to having a summer of love.’ 

Back together: The reality star previously gave her romance with Rami a second chance in 2017 after she was spotted wearing the engagement ring he proposed with (pictured in 2013)

Back together: The reality star previously gave her romance with Rami a second chance in 2017 after she was spotted wearing the engagement ring he proposed with (pictured in 2013) 

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