Gemma Collins emotionally recalls ‘James Argent’s addiction’ and says it ‘broke her heart’ and left her ‘powerless’

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Gemma Collins has discussed James Argent's addiction struggles in a candid conversation and admitted it "broke her heart".

The reality star, who enjoyed her first pamper session after lockdown, spoke about how James' addiction has impacted her and her family.

Speaking on The Gemma Collins Podcast, the 40 year old said: "This is going to sound harsh but it is something I have dealt with in my life.

"As much as you love them, they really need help and addiction is a very serious illness.


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"I am going to tell you now, if you carry on like this things are going to get very out of control and you are going to end up in a distressing situation.

"I can speak from my heart on this one because I have been there," Gemma expressed.

Despite not explicitly mentioning his name, the bubbly blonde has previously spoken about the devastating effects of 33 year old James' addiction.

She continued: "People do get the right help, people do work on the steps.

"I've been where you are, you want to help and you believe them but once cocaine and addiction grabs hold of someone, you are powerless to do it.

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"You are not the professional, I've been there myself and it's going to really break your heart.

"I've seen it, I've been there, I've got the T-shirt and I found it too distressing and impacting on my own life," Gemma explained.

The former TOWIE star went on to say that it ripped through her family and her friendship groups, resulting in her heart being broken.

"I have been in this position myself, it will destroy lives, it will rip through your family, it will rip through your friendship groups, it is a really awful situation," she divulged.

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"I look back now and I did it from love but it can really break your heart in the end."

Since battling his demons, James has attempted to turn his life around and recently had a gastric operation to curve his weight after doctors warned him about the long-lasting effects.

Following his life-saving surgery, the television personality told The Sun: "I've already got a bit of a glow back in my face so I'm happy with that. And I feel like I'm already losing weight, which is good.

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