HUGE shoulder pads, hilarious memes, trap- door falls – Gemma Collins is the ultimate modern-day innovator.
But just when you thought the reality star couldn’t be any more of a trailblazer, she’s come out as a pioneer of the new anti-obesity treatment dubbed the “miracle flab jab”.
In an exclusive interview, Gemma — who is worth £5million — says she’s been endorsing a similar weight-loss procedure since before the latest medical breakthrough and lost 3st in six weeks.
She said: “The lady who does it opened up a shop near me, so I just popped in there one day. I was like, ‘Oh, what’s this all about?’ Anyway, I said just give it a whirl and that’s it. Three stone later I was happy as Larry.
“You take the jab and the fat just melts away.” Five months after carrying an otherwise lacklustre series of TV’s Dancing On Ice, Gemma was back on our screens last night for the first episode of her new reality show, Diva Forever on ITVBe.
It’s about time she got her own programme, as there’s no doubting Gemma — who calls herself The GC — is TV gold.
Her screen appeal is something Dancing On Ice bosses are all too aware of, given the millions of viewers she piled on to the ITV show’s ratings.
Her rows on the skating contest with acid-tongued judge Jason Gardiner were one of the only reasons for watching. So what does she think about the Aussie being secretly replaced, as revealed by The Sun yesterday.
She said: “They actually need to put me on as a judge to replace him. The whole nasty judge thing is dated now, it’s in the past. Let’s see some fresh air. I pulled in the ratings — it dropped down to 2.7million when I left.”
And in a come-on to ITV’s head honcho, she added: “Me just being on there alone would have their ratings up, so get Kevin Lygo to give me a call.”
Dancing On Ice might be a possibility, but one series The GC is now ruling out is Strictly — because she believes she’s too famous.
She explains: “A lot of people want me in America, so if I was to do a show now I think it would be the US version, Dancing With The Stars. The current line-up is OK but it obviously needs The GC in it.”
Gemma says fans will find out what’s happening with her on/off relationship with fellow Towie star James ‘Arg’ Argent in Viva La Diva.
But luckily for wannabe crooner Arg, she seems to have gone off her celebrity crush Paul Hollywood — despite him now being single.
On the TV baker’s split from Summer Monteys-Fullam following her refusal to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), Gemma said: “If I said to James, sign an NDA and he didn’t do it I’d be like, ‘See you later, honey’.
“I’m sticking by Paul Hollywood.”
And on a potential romance with Paul, she added: “No, because I think he likes them a bit younger than me and The GC’s cracking on a bit.”
Shame, that’s a showbiz relationship we all want to see.
Need a cover version, Rita?
IT was appropriate that Rita Ora was sunbathing on a yacht called Great News in Ibiza . . . because these two photos are just that.
The bathing suit she opted for wasn’t quite as fitting, though. The Hot Right Now singer embraced the underboob bikini trend while on holiday with pals on the Med.
Rita didn’t have any inhibitions as she relaxed on deck, adjusted her top, then jumped in the sea.
She wrote on Instagram: “Today was so relaxing and just pure bliss.”
And with swimwear this skimpy, there will be one less thing for her to worry about when she gets home – tan lines.
TAYLOR Swift is set to perform at the MTV VMAs in New Jersey, US, on August 26 – days after she releases her album Lover.
She is nominated for ten gongs at the bash, which airs on MTV at 8pm on August 27.
Ed change of tuna
JUST yesterday in this column I told you how Ed Sheeran had been seen sinking £3 pints in a Birmingham boozer. But on Tuesday he was really splashing the cash.
He took his wife Cherry to The Araki sushi restaurant, which has three Michelin stars and is renowned as London’s most expensive eaterie.
It only seats nine, costs £350 per person and has a waiting list of years.
But to be fair, after it was revealed Ed’s Divide Tour was the highest-earning in history, making £607million, he can afford to eat there morning, noon and night with no problem – and leave a generous tip.
Lewking for love
HE has the gift of the gab and is one of this year’s biggest acts – yet Lewis Capaldi is still struggling to find love.
Lewis told Hits Radio: “If they ever do a celebrity version of Love Island, sign me up. They need some diversity on that show.
“They need a man with his pale belly hanging out. I’d be up for it, I’m looking for love.”
I’m totally behind this, Lew.
He’d be a lot more interesting to watch than most of the brain-dead clones that go into the villa.
Alex: £4k PA fee to see him
SINCE becoming a viral sensation after he joined rapper DAVE on stage at Glastonbury, teen student Alex Mann is cashing in on his new-found fame.
The wannabe musician is charging venues an impressive £4k a pop for personal appearances, and that is on top of bagging a record deal with 3 Beat/Universal, as I revealed last month.
A source said: “Alex is pretty savvy and is making the most of this opportunity. He has some clever advisers around him who want him to do well while his 15 minutes of fame last.”
Even if his celebrity doesn’t last, his bank balance should.
- ZAYN Malik is selling his New York penthouse after splitting up with his neighbour Gigi Hadid. The former One Direction singer splashed out £8.8million on the pad last year to be close to his then-girlfriend. He has put the four-bedroom home on the market for £8.9million.
- FAST & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw topped the box office at the weekend, making £6.4million. The film, starring Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson pushed The Lion King into second place with £5.3million. Toy Story 4 was at No3, making £1.4million in its seventh week.
- ARIANA Grande joined Barbra Streisand for a surprise collaboration on Tuesday, when they performed Babs’ 1979 disco classic No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) at her show in Chicago. Ariana wrote on Instagram: “The most special and cherished experience ever.”
- THE Weeknd and Bella Hadid are said to be desperately trying to save their relationship after US sources claimed they had split. The on/off couple, who started dating in 2015, have both been busy and she recently went on holiday to Greece without him. Their reps insist they are still an item.