I’m desperate to have a baby this year – I want a two-hour labour & to pop her out to Mariah Carey, says Gemma Collins

GEMMA Collins has turned over a new leaf after almost losing her dad to Covid-19, revealing she has overhauled her lifestyle and is exercising daily in a bid to boost her health.

Both Gemma’s parents – Joan and Alan, 74 – contracted the coronavirus, but it was the star’s dad who was left fighting for his life in intensive care.

She says: “It was traumatising. I was heartbroken. I’ve never been scared of anything in my life. I’m quite a go-getter, but I was paralysed with fear.

“I realised, when my mum and dad got really ill, no money in my bank account was saving them.

“It was a big moment where I thought: ‘If you have not got your health, you have not got a chance of surviving.’

“It got me really thinking about lifestyle choices and changes – putting myself first.”

The former Towie star’s parents were diagnosed with Covid in December. Gemma believes her mum’s rheumatoid arthritis medication helped prevent her from suffering as much as her dad, who spent six weeks in hospital and nearly lost his life.

She says: “When my dad was admitted into hospital, they didn’t tell me at the time but they let me sit with him because they thought he was going to die.

“It was really horrific and every day I was petrified. It was really life changing in a sense that nothing is guaranteed.

“We’re all living on borrowed time so we better make the most of it. And if we’re not healthy, honey, it’s going to be a lot worse.”

Gemma, who turned 40 in January, says she has been inspired to work up a sweat on a daily basis and is taking the time to eat a healthier diet.

She says: “I train every day at 7am and I’ve never felt better. Turning 40 for me is just fabulous, honey.

“I started off walking two miles a day. Where people go wrong is they feel they’ve got to kill themselves and do loads of crazy exercises to lose weight. You don’t. You’ve just got to walk.

“Now we do cardio. Today I did the ropes – singular ropes, the double ropes. I do a plank, then my knees come up into my chest. I need to switch it up every day because I get bored very quick.

“I need to get exercise daily for me to get through my day now, I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Gemma says she struggled to cope while her dad, who owns a shipping company, was battling the virus in hospital.

She says: “I looked half dead, to be honest. I just couldn’t function while my dad was so ill.

“What I saw in that hospital was very traumatising. It was so sad. People were dying. I’d see them one day and then they’d be dead the next.”

If I had a baby this year I’d be over the moon. Anything can happen. All I know is I’d be in the best health and shape of my life, so I hope it would come out of me very quickly

Reality favourite Gemma reveals that staff at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex – who she calls “incredible” – were left shocked when her dad pulled through after fearing the worst.

She says: “At 74 he had all the odds against him – he should have died.

“When he left the hospital they said it was a miracle.

“They all clapped and cried happy tears when he left because he shouldn’t be here really.

“He is super fit, my dad. He doesn’t smoke or drink and he’s not overweight. He doesn’t eat meat.

“It really got me thinking we are all on borrowed time. It can happen to anyone. So it made me reevaluate my life.”

Inspired to continue with her weight loss journey after recently losing three stone, Gemma feels more agile than ever.

She says: “Normally I’d be having lunch in Pizza Express having a nice bit of pizza with the house dressing and swigging on Diet Coke, but today I’m a changed woman.

“I can move a lot easier. It’s not about what the scales say, or how you look. It’s how you feel and the exercising that really can make a huge difference on how you feel.

“Like, this morning after my exercise I cooked my turkey sausages and had my avocado for breakfast. Normally I’d be rushing to work. It’s giving yourself that hour in the day that you really get to grips with your health, your soul, your spirit mentally and physically. It’s all a mindset.

“I eat a very high fat, low carb diet – that works for me.

“But you’ve got to be realistic as well. You are going to have a McDonalds once a month.”

Another reason the star is keen to get in shape is to help fulfil her dream of becoming a mother after suffering three devastating miscarriages – including one during lockdown last year.

She remains tight-lipped about the current status of her on/off relationship with ex-Towie co-star James Argent, 33, but admits she would love to have a baby soon and recently received a sign that it could be on the cards.

She says: “I was scrolling through my phone the other day and a message popped up on Instagram that said I was going to have a baby girl in December.

“I was like: ‘What’s that? How does my phone know when I’m going to have a baby? It was this really random app. If the app’s right, I’m having a baby this Christmas and it’s going to be a girl.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was in utter shock. And I thought, the phone knows when I’m giving birth. This really is crazy s***.

“If I had a baby this year I’d be over the moon. Anything can happen. All I know is I’d be in the best health and shape of my life, so I hope it would come out of me very quickly.

“I couldn’t deal with labour for 48 hours. Hell no. I want it to be in and out – two hours, job done.”

The Diva Forever star reveals that she even wants to get help from a fertility specialist who is said to have helped pop icon Mariah Carey give birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan, now nine, in April 2011 at the age of 42.

She says: “I have been given Mariah’s fertility doctor’s details. I would probably play her album while giving birth.

“It would relax me. I’d want the baby to pop out on the high note. I’d love it.

“If I have the baby next year, obviously I’m mentally prepared for it and I’ll be physically prepared for it.

“Can you imagine what this child will be? I’m not saying it needs to be thrust into the public morning, noon and night.

“I find it a bit weird when people film their babies sleeping and put it on Instagram – please let the child sleep.”

After overhauling her health, Gemma has brought out her own line of skincare and collagen supplements.

She says: “Last year, I got a bit paranoid and started thinking, ‘I’m turning 40, I’ve got to get this and that done.’

“I had a little bit put in my lips, I had my cheeks done, I had Botox, filler. I done the lot. It looked nice but then I started to get carried away and wanted a bit more, as you do.

“But then my mum looked at me and went: ‘Gemma, I don’t recognise who you are anymore.’

“I shocked myself that I started feeling that I had to look a certain way because I’m all about being yourself and shining as you are.

“So when I turned 40 I took a look in the mirror and thought: ‘I’m getting this all dissolved.’ Because I don’t want to look like anyone else. I want to look like me again.

“I don’t want big pumped up lips. I want to look feminine. Sometimes people take their faces to a point where they can look very masculine.

“There’s nothing wrong with that – each to their own – but I shouldn’t be conforming.

“Why do I – Gemma Collins – now start feeling that I need to have all this stuff done to me? I’m perfectly beautiful as I am.

I train every day at 7am and I’ve never felt better. Turning 40 for me is just fabulous, honey.

“There’s a huge amount of people changing how they look dramatically and I find it a bit sad. When I was growing up I wasn’t under that pressure.

“Because what we see on social today, I’m going to be honest, hun, everyone’s walking around like a clone. Do I live in the real world or am I living in Clonesville? It’s like I’m living in a sci-fi film.

“I started looking into creams and I decided to bring out my own skincare range. It is £250 but people pay that for one injection in their face – I’ve got a whole range for that. It’s 68p a day.

“And my collagen supplements will get me through my forties.

“I give zero f***s and I am what I am. I’ve got lines on my face – I can move my face, it’s a beautiful feeling. I’m healthy, I’m alive, my eyes are shining and the sky’s the limit for me.

“For the first time in a long time I’m stress-free. I’m just chilled. I’m on my spiritual journey.

“Small steps in the right direction lead to big changes.”

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Previously, Gemma admitted she spent £100 on just ONE Easter egg.

And Gemma channelled Britney Spears’ Toxic look in nude, sequin-embellished bodysuit.

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