Gemma Collins took mum on trip to London as a Christmas treat before her parents became ‘extremely unwell’ with Covid

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GEMMA Collins took her mum on a trip to London as a Christmas treat before her parents were struck down with coronavirus.

The 39-year-old star revealed yesterday that both her mum and dad are “extremely unwell” after contracting the illness – and her dad is so poorly he’d “rather be dead”.

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Gemma treated her mum to a festive trip to London earlier this month[/caption]

Speaking on her podcast last week, the former Towie star explained how she and her mum Joan were sure to continue with their annual tradition this year despite the ongoing pandemic.

She said: “I love Christmas but this year, leading up to Christmas is always going to be a little bit different because of the pandemic.

“So I took my mum to London because we always used to go to London on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and we’d drive home on Christmas Eve.”

Gemma continued: “I managed to do that earlier with her and it’s a lovely feeling as when I left London I already felt like I’d had my own Christmas.

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Gemma revealed that both her parents are ‘extremely unwell’ with coronavirus [/caption]

“Me and my mum had our special little Christmas together.”

Although she did not specify exactly when the trip took place, The GC’s podcast was uploaded on 16 December.

Gemma, who lives in Essex which is currently in Tier 4 lockdown, begged her two million Instagram followers to abide by the Government guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus in an emotional post yesterday, where she opened up about Joan and dad Alan’s battle.

Sharing a picture of herself with her parents, the worried sick star wrote: “Please please please take notice of the guidelines ! Both my parents are extremely unwell with Covid 19 !

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The worried star begged followers to follow the government’s guidelines[/caption]

“Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything his is going through right now… this has totally wiped him out and it’s heartbreaking 💔 my mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid also, this is real !

“And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE 🙏🏻 it really is petrifying 😢 what a difference a year makes”

She also posted a video from last Christmas of the family laughing and joking, writing: “What a difference a year makes, please stay safe and stay home.

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Gemma is incredibly close to her parents[/caption]

“Thank you to everyone who has offered well-wishes and help.”

Gemma is incredibly close to her parents and recently told The Sun last month that she had been checking in with her mum more often this year during lockdown.

She said: “My mum has been good as gold to be honest, she has been vulnerable and we’ve done all we can to make sure she has remained safe and we check in on each other more often than we normally would, just checking that everyone’s mental health is OK helps.”

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Joan has a series of health issues [/caption]

Joan battled pneumonia in hospital in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Towie star explained her mum suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and so is more prone to infections.

Gemma wrote: “Thank you to all the nurses who helped my mum she’s had pneumonia and on the mend NHS thank you thank you so over stretched right now my mum has rheumatoid arthritis and is high risk to infection.”

Gemma spoke out about their Christmas trip on her podcast


The condition has Joan in and out of the hospital, and she also has to use a wheelchair to get around.

Gemma has previously opened up about the “two years of hell” her mum suffered while fighting the illness.

She told The Sun: “I always tried to be really strong, so when I was with her I was happy, upbeat, like ‘Come on mum, you’re gonna be alright!’

“Then I’d leave the house, get in my car and cry for hours.”

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