Gemma Collins breaks down in tears as harrowing flashbacks of her dad's Covid battle leave her traumatised

GEMMA Collins has been left traumatised with her dad Alan Collins' Covid battle which left him hospitalised last winter.

The TOWIE legend has told how 12 months later she often breaks down in tears in public as she comes to terms with how close she was to losing his father.

Speaking to The Sun, Gemma said: "My dad nearly passed with Christmas last year with Covid.

"He gets stronger every day. He is very up and down but he is under strict orders – I only let him work 3 days a week now.

"Long Covid is not a five minute thing. It is a journey. I was so traumatised by it. I keep having flashbacks now.

"I will be in the middle of the street or the shop and suddenly I will start crying and mum will be like 'are you alright?'

"I just cant believe what happened this time last year."

While the past year has been tough on both Gemma and all of her family, the larger-than-life TV star admits it's given her a new outlook on life.

Keen to to cherish every moment, Gemma has teamed up with Sainsbury's to going all out and make sure this Christmas is the her most special yet.

She continued: "I am going to be stuck to my dad like glue. He is going to want to run away from me.

"For me this year we are spending lots of family time.

"This year I have gone all out and I have got caterers in to make sure I don't burn the turkey or the sprouts."

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This week Gemma took part in a debate at the Oxford Union arguing that traditional change over time and Christmas doesn't have to always stay the same. Putting her infamous comebacks to work, Gemma was crowned champion.

Gemma added: "I won the debate. Of course I did. It's nice of me to be in touch with the Gen Zs and they love it. I never back down and knowledge is power.

"I always make sure I have enough knowledge to back up my point of view. The dictionary is my go to and not only that it was my saviour in this debate.

"It was an honour. We have all seen Harry Potter but to stand in the building of so many great people and do a debate was amazing.

"I argued that traditions can change and they can. Sometimes on Christmas day you don't always fancy the traditional dinner. I mean, you just don't.

"Sometime you just want picky bits, sometime I just want a Chinese and I'm like 'baby bring out the dim sum'".

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