TOWIE star Gemma Collins has spoken out about the reason why she left reality show – she claims she was so petrified of living up to her on-screen persona that it gave her the runs.
The curvaceous star became embroiled in a number of spats with her fellow TOWIE cast members during her tenure on the hit TV show and it seems the stress simply got too much for her.
“I would look in the mirror and wonder who I was. There was so much pressure.
“I used to have so much diarrhoea constantly.
“I used to be in bits before filming or going out. My guts were in bits and I was never off the toilet. It was becoming a nightmare but all that has stopped now I’ve left," she told Daily Star Sunday.
Gemma said she also struggled to cope with cyber bullying she received on Twitter.
She said: “To be honest, all the abuse on social media was a big reason.
“People think I’m tough as nails but I’m as soft as s**t at the end of the day.
“I understand I came across as a b**ch the way it was edited but I didn’t deserve all the abuse.”