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‘Poorly’ Gemma Collins sports a drip in her arm and reveals she has a private nurse


After being uncharacteristically quiet during the last few days on Instagram, Gemma Collins took to her stories on Tuesday to explain what was wrong.

Admitting she’s been suffering from a mystery illness over the past week, Gemma explained she’s been ‘very poorly’ and revealed a drip in her arm.

Gemma, 40, also had a private nurse at her home, looking after her.

‘Very poorly!’ After being uncharacteristically quiet during the last few days on Instagram, Gemma Collins took to her stories on Tuesday to explain what was wrong

She explained that she hasn’t wanted to make a big deal of feeling unwell, but added that it has ‘knocked her for six’ and that she has suffered from ‘some sort of virus’.

She posted on Instagram stories: ‘Sorry been quiet guys, I have been very poorly but I am feeling like I am back on the mend.

‘Thank you to my lovely private nurse Nena for helping me.’

Her father was also on hand to look after her, and ‘make tea’. 

Ill: Admitting she's been suffering from a mystery illness over the past week, Gemma explained she's been 'very poorly' and revealed a drip in her arm

Home help: Gemma, 40, also had a private nurse at her home, looking after her

Admitting she’s been suffering from a mystery illness over the past week, Gemma explained she’s been ‘very poorly’ and revealed a drip in her arm. Gemma, 40, also had a private nurse at her home, looking after her

This follows a difficult time for the TOWIE personality, whose friend Rhys Alan Smith was found dead in Tenerife last month.

In a series of emotional Instagram posts shared last week, the reality star shared a glimpse of the flowers she’d purchased in honour of her late friend, and went onto reveal she spoke to him on the day he tragically died.

Gemma added that she would ‘give anything’ to have her friend Rhys at her side again, after he was found dead at his apartment on April 22.

She penned: 'Thank you to my lovely private nurse Nena for helping me'

Doting dad: Her father was also on hand to look after her, and 'make tea'

On the mend: She penned, ‘Thank you to my lovely private nurse Nena for helping me.’ Her father was also on hand to look after her, and ‘make tea’

Touching: Gemma shared a moving tribute to her pal Rhys Alan Smith, a month after he was found dead in Tenerife

Touching: Gemma shared a moving tribute to her pal Rhys Alan Smith, a month after he was found dead in Tenerife

Gemma shared a series of videos and snaps of Rhys during some of their happier times, including a sweet image alongside her parents Alan and Joan.

Posting the montage to her grid, the star wrote: ‘We all loved you so much ❤️ if anyone is touched by this story please remember there is always a way there is always an answer there is always hope tomorrow is always another day.’

On her Stories Gemma also shared a snap alongside her pal Rhys, admitting it was going to be a difficult day.

Kind: In a series of emotional Instagram posts the reality star admitted it was going to be a 'tough day', after sharing a montage of images of her close friend

Kind: In a series of emotional Instagram posts the reality star admitted it was going to be a ‘tough day’, after sharing a montage of images of her close friend

Difficult: On her Stories Gemma also shared a snap alongside her pal Rhys, admitting it was going to be a 'tough' day

Difficult: On her Stories Gemma also shared a snap alongside her pal Rhys, admitting it was going to be a ‘tough’ day

Posting a selfie with Rhys from a recent holiday, she wrote: ‘Going to be a very tough day my Gucci @rhysalan I have been heartbroken recently you was like a little brother to me. 

‘I love you so much and I would given anything I have to magically bring you back. Everyone loved you and you was so special RIP I just can’t believe you are gone but never forgotten.’

Gemma also posted a video of Rhys during a night out together, where he attempted to show off his singing skills.

Hard: Gemma also revealed that she spoke to Rhys on the day he was found dead in Tenerife on April 22

Hard: Gemma also revealed that she spoke to Rhys on the day he was found dead in Tenerife on April 22

Sad: Alongside a lengthy caption with her video montage (pictured) she wrote: 'I love you so much and I would given anything I have to magically bring you back'

Sad: Alongside a lengthy caption with her video montage (pictured) she wrote: ‘I love you so much and I would given anything I have to magically bring you back’

Pretty: Gemma then posted a video to her Stories of flowers she'd purchased

Tribute: The flowers spelled out his nickname Gucci

Pretty: Gemma then posted a video to her Stories of flowers that spelled out Rhys’ nickname Gucci, presumably in preparation for his funeral

She added: ‘My one in a million @rhysalan you was a little brother to me we all loved you like our own and today is going to be incredibly tough because it still doesn’t seem real I would give anything to bring you back.

‘You was nothing but sunshine love and laughs I hope you find peace where you are and I will see you again one day.

‘I think of you all the time and I loved you so much. What I can’t get over is I spoke to you the same night you passed away, always in my heart forever and ever #mygucci.’

Gemma then posted a video to her Stories of flowers that spelled out Rhys’ nickname Gucci, presumably in preparation for his funeral.

Amusing: She also shared a video of Rhys attempting to show off his singing skills as they enjoyed a night out together

Amusing: She also shared a video of Rhys attempting to show off his singing skills as they enjoyed a night out together

Reunited: She added: 'You was nothing but sunshine love and laughs I hope you find peace where you are and I will see you again one day'

Reunited: She added: ‘You was nothing but sunshine love and laughs I hope you find peace where you are and I will see you again one day’

Gemma led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys last month as she commented on the reality star’s last shared picture to Instagram on 3 April.

The TV personality penned: ‘My heart will never be the same I won’t ever be the same love you Reece,’ beneath a photo of herself planting a kiss on Rhys’ cheek.

A source close to Rhys’ ex Harry told OK! at the time: ‘Harry’s absolutely devastated to hear that Rhys has died. It has come as such a huge shock to him. He’s been crying all day.’

While they added that Harry’s cousin, Amy Childs, is also heartbroken, they continued: ‘She is so shocked, she couldn’t believe it when she heard the news.

‘She’s been trying to comfort Harry, but he is inconsolable. It’s just so, so sad.’

Tragic: Gemma led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys last month as she commented on the reality star's last shared picture to Instagram on 3 April

Tragic: Gemma led the heartbreaking tributes to Rhys last month as she commented on the reality star’s last shared picture to Instagram on 3 April

Police sources in Tenerife confirmed last month that officers had been called to an address in Granadilla de Abona in the early hours of April 22, where Rhys was found dead.

It’s thought that Rhys’ death is not being treated as suspicious by police. 

He’d previously starred on TOWIE alongside his ex-boyfriend Harry Derbridge , who eventually went onto date Bobby Norris. 

After his death Harry penned a heartfelt post to his ex-boyfriend alongside a series of photographs of the pair together.

Alongside three photos, Harry penned: ‘I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Rhys was such a big part of my life and I will never forget the memories we shared together.

‘He was the most caring and thoughtful man and this news has truly broken my heart. 

‘My thoughts right now are with he’s family, mum, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, Nan and all he’s friends. I still can’t believe this is true. RIP Rhys, I will never forget you. (sic)’ 

Sad: Rhys, who dated TOWIE's Harry Derbridge (pictured) was found dead at his apartment in Tenerife on April 22. It's thought that Rhys' death is not being treated as suspicious by police

Sad: Rhys, who dated TOWIE’s Harry Derbridge (pictured) was found dead at his apartment in Tenerife on April 22. It’s thought that Rhys’ death is not being treated as suspicious by police



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