TOWIE icon Gemma Collins was left terrified earlier this week when she experienced a level of stomach pain so severe that she was convinced she was "giving birth".
The 41-year-old reality diva explained in the latest episode of her The Gemma Collins Podcast that she was "crippled" with such agony that she was quickly rushed into hospital to receive medical attention.
"It has been one hell of a week," the GC told her listeners. "On Monday morning I was trying to chill out and catch up on emails.
"All of a sudden I'm crippled over in pain thinking, 'OMG, I'm about to give birth to a baby that I don't know I'm having'. I called the doctor and managed to get down to the doctors.
"I thought about calling an ambulance but I was like, maybe not, just check it out first.
"So I was being told that basically, more or less I was passing a kidney stone. So that was the start to my week."
In the same episode, Gemma also admitted she's "struggled" with her weight in recent weeks, particularly since arriving home from her recent holiday where she enjoyed some days in the Tenerife sun with her father, brother, nephew and beloved partner Rami.
The former TOWIE star admitted that beachside indulgences have threatened to cross over into her home life now that she is back home.
Explaining how keen she is to get her regime back on track, the star told listeners: "I’m going to get my walks in. I’ll be honest I’ve struggled since coming back off holiday.
"I’ve struggled dialling zero for a club sandwich. I’ve struggled having milkshakes, I’ve struggled not having all of that since I’ve been back and I’m just trying to get my walks in again to keep that momentum flowing – you know, walking is so good for you.
"It circulates the blood, it gets the heart pumping, it gets your mind clear and it’s just so good for you to keep moving," Gemma added.
In other news, marking the return of ITV's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, former campmate Gemma took to Instagram on Monday to reveal that she was "robbed and physically attacked" just hours ahead of flying out to Australia in 2014.
"Not many people know that I was robbed and physically attacked 24 hours before leaving for Australia," she wrote.
"I didn't want to let anyone down so I still went however I was in a terrible state and shock as you can imagine and couldn’t see it through I took lots of stick over it but if you was robbed and attacked and then sent into the jungle I’m sure you would have struggled too, I would never let anyone destroy my dreams again."
Gemma also made sure to wish this year's celebrity contestants all the best, which include Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, Mike Tindall, Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver, Boy George and Loose Women presenter Charlene White – to name a few.
Although ITV have yet to release a statement on Gemma’s story, a senior source told The Mirror it had been “entirely Gemma’s choice” to quit.
They also stated that: “It was her decision which we respect. She had been saying she wanted to leave for the last couple of days, but today she said she really wanted to go.”
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