Gemma Collins has broken her silence, after James Argent confirmed that he’s seeking treatment at a rehab facility.
The 37-year-old spoke out ahead of the launch of her first solo reality show, Diva Espana, which will star both her and Arg.
Gemma told MailOnline: “It was incredibly raw, yes, it’s been an incredibly difficult summer.”
“But, that said, you know, we’re back now in Essex and Arg is receiving help and you know, as long as he’s doing well, that’s great for him and for us.”
“I’m just supporting him on his journey and I’m feeling pleased that the viewers get to see what goes on behind the cameras and I think it’s good for them to see that behind all the glamour there’s real ups and downs, even in celebrities’ lives.”
Although the TOWIE star is glad viewers will finally get to see the “real” Gemma, she admitted that the prospect was daunting.
She confessed: “It was really sort of scary to show the public that side of me because the public don’t really see that side of me.”
“I guess it was just me going about my everyday life and all that that entails (laughs!) I know that is usually a rollercoaster!”
“So I guess it made me feel a bit vulnerable as no one has seen that sort of side to me, totally uncovered, so it’s a bit scary to think what people are going to think because they’re used to the GC and all her craziness but they’re getting to see Gemma now so I don’t know what they’re going to think about her!”
Arg confirmed reports that he had entered rehab on Monday.
In a statement, Arg said: “It’s not been an easy time but I’m happy to be back in a programme that gives me the ongoing support I need.”
“I’m thankful for the incredible support I have received from my family, close friends and colleagues.”
The 30-year-old previously spent three months at a rehab facility in Thailand last year to seek help for his weight and his partying ways.
Arg was also admitted to The Priory three years before that for alleged drink and drug abuse.
Over the next few months, the reality star will be taking time out from filming TOWIE as he attends regular therapy and secondary care at an outpatient treatment facility in London.