Gemma Collins opens up on her ‘private’ wedding plans with boyfriend Rami Hawash
As we all hunker down for the festive period and to say goodbye to 2022, the queen of memes, fake tan and sparkle, Gemma Collins, tells us how she’ll be spreading cheer at home in Essex this year.
While the GC won’t actually be cooking the turkey, she reveals she will be hosting Christmas Day for her family and friends, including fiancé Rami Hawash.
“What I love about Christmas more than anything is the time you get to spend with everyone you love. So this year, I’ll get to make the most of my time with my family,” the 41-year-old Diva Forever star tells us.
Gemma also shares that she is hoping for a “private” wedding with Rami, 48, whose four-year-son Tristan she dotes on. “My life is in the spotlight so much, I think I’d want a bit of a low-key day. I don’t want to put on a performance on my wedding day,” she says.
Here, Gemma talks to OK! about body confidence, her hopes to have a baby and her thoughts on her ex-boyfriend James Argent, 35, moving on with his 18-year-old new girlfriend Stella Turian…
Hi, Gemma! What are your Christmas plans this year? Are you cooking?
We’ve got a chef coming on Christmas Day. I cook all year round for everyone normally. I’m always the hostess with the mostess. But what I love about Christmas more than anything is the time you get to spend with everyone you love. So this year, I’ll get to make the most of my time with my family.
What are you expecting to find under the tree?
Nothing! I told everyone if they buy me anything, I won’t be happy. I have everything I need in life. I don’t need anything.
Have you done your Christmas shopping?
I’m not giving anyone any presents this year. We’re learning to be happy without material things in life. So, I’m going to give them all an invaluable gift instead.
You’re looking amazing at the moment, Gemma. What does body confidence mean to you?
For me, it’s how you speak to yourself. You’ve got to be spiritually aligned with yourself and that’s when it will all come together – when you’re at peace with yourself.
Do you ever have moments where you feel low about your body?
I love myself, hunny! I love every part of myself. From my hair to my toes, I love who I am and I think more people should have the same mindset.
You and Rami are so great together – what is your favourite thing about him?
I love that Rami gives me the space to be who I am. I’m a very creative person. I’m very eccentric. I’ve got my little ways. And, you know, he really understands that. Obviously, he’s known me for so many years. And let’s be fair, nobody is perfect. But he understands my passions in life. He really gets enthusiastic when I tell him about my garden and stuff like that.
What is he like as a father?
He is an amazing dad. He works so hard. He runs his own business. There’s not a week that goes by where he doesn’t go and see Tristan in the week because Tristan is in Highgate. There’s not a weekend that goes by, well very rarely, where we don’t have Tristan. He’s a very hands-on dad. He’s become a lot more attractive to me than ever because he is just so wonderful. He’s quite a strong man, but when I see him with Tristan, I melt away. He’s just everything to me. It’s just so lovely seeing him like that.
You’ve spoken quite openly about how you want to be a mother. What’s the latest with that?
I would love to have a baby. And you can have a baby when you’re 50, there are so many resources out there you can use, so I’m not actually worried about it.
Do you and Rami think about getting married anytime soon?
I think it will be a private affair. We will just go off somewhere and do it in private. But then, I don’t really know – I’ll see how I feel at the time. My life is in the spotlight so much, I think I’d want a bit of a low-key day. I just don’t want to put on a performance on my wedding day.
Billie Shepherd has just welcomed a baby girl…
Oh, I know! I don’t have a lot of time to scroll through social media, but I saw she’s had a beautiful baby girl called Margot. I think they’re the most lovely family out there. Nelly will always be my favourite, she’s a superstar that girl. I knew her from when she was younger, and I love seeing Billie and her family. It’s just beautiful. I hope they have four children! I don’t want her to stop.
Arg has a new girlfriend. Are you happy for him?
I don’t really give a s**t about James Argent.
You’ve partnered up with Malibu for its latest campaign. How was that?
I was so happy when Malibu approached me because I’ve been drinking Malibu since I was so young. It tastes like we’re on holiday. My mother always said to have it with pineapple. I just love it. I don’t think enough people know about Malibu. It’s authentic and organic, there’s no better drink out there.
Gemma has teamed up with Malibu Rum, as part of its #DearGemma campaign, to shake up the festive season’s traditions and #DoWhateverTastesGood. To submit your festive wish and be in with a chance to win, visit instagram.com/maliburumuk
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