Gemma Collins recalls being robbed and attacked before I'm A Celeb

‘I was in a terrible state’: Gemma Collins claims she was robbed and physically attacked just 24 hours before her three day stint on I’m A Celeb in 2014

  • The TV star famously quit the show after just 72 hours during it’s 2014 series
  • She took to Instagram on Thursday to wish this year’s contestants good luck and detail her own traumatic experience 

Gemma Collins has revealed that she was ‘robbed and physically attacked’ back in 2014, just 24 hours before her appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

The TV personality, who famously quit the show after just 72 hours, took to Instagram on Monday to wish this year’s batch of celebrity contestants good luck as the series kicks off.

Sharing a video montage of her stint, she admitted to being in a ‘terrible state’ during her time on the show.

‘I was in a terrible state’: Gemma Collins has claimed that she was robbed and physically attacked just 24 hours before her shortlived 2014 stint on I’m A Celebrity

At the time, it was revealed that Gemma quit the show three days in – struggling to cope with jungle life.

But giving some more insight into the reason behind her departure, the star explained that she couldn’t see the jungle experience through while recovering from the attack.

She penned to her 2.2M followers: ‘Wishing everyone the best of luck in the jungle this season loved @boygeorgeofficial and all the camp mates seem fabulous / my time was short in the jungle not many people know that I was robbed and physically attacked 24 hours before leaving for Australia.

‘Terrible state’: Gemma took to Instagram on Monday to wish this year’s batch of celebrity contestants good luck as the series kicks off – and give insight into her own departure

‘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 ‘

During her appearance on the show, Gemma was seen complaining over the lack of food and far-from plush environment – with many suggesting this was the reason she departed.

But shortly after appearing on the show, Collins claimed that she was beaten by former boyfriend Alex Moss before heading Down Under – an allegation that he has denied.

Far from home: During her appearance on the show, Gemma was seen complaining over the lack of food and far-from-plush environment – with many suggesting that this was the reason she departed

She told The Sun at the time: I was severely beaten up by my partner the night before I went into the jungle. I’m lucky to be alive. He beat me to within an inch of my life.’

Her revelation comes as it was announced today that Olivia Attwood has been forced to leave the show due to medical reasons, after only one day in the jungle.

After making history as the first Love Island personality to compete on the ITV show, the 31-year-old reality star has now left the camp after being involved in a reported ‘medical drama’. 

She is now already on her way home to be consoled by her fiancée Bradley Dack after trying in vain to beg show bosses to return to the camp. 

She’s out! Her revelation comes as it was announced today that Olivia Attwood has been forced to leave the show due to medical reasons, after only one day in the jungle

Bowing out: After making history as the first Love Island personality to compete on the ITV show, the 31-year-old reality star has now left the camp after being involved in a reported ‘medical drama’

A show spokesman told MailOnline: ‘As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks. 

‘Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation. She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.’

Olivia’s early exit means she’s tied for the shortest stint in camp after EastEnders actress Elaine Lordan also withdrew after just 24 hours during the 2005 series when she fainted twice in one day –  with Gemma also high on the list of early departures.




AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!



AGE: 48


PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!



AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!



AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!



AGE: 36


PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football



AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!



AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!



AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman



AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.



AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell



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