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Gemma Collins: 'My ex tried to spook me before CBB'

The Only Way Is Essex's Gemma Collins has opened up about her decision not to take part in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015.

Gemma Collins has slammed her "psychotic" ex-boyfriend who trying to ruin her chances in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Only Way Is Essex star was one of a group to kick off the latest series of the show on Tuesday (06Jan16), but her plan was almost derailed when her former partner Alex Moss tried to get in touch. The pair had a tumultuous relationship, with Gemma previously alleging he was violent towards her, so she is in no doubt his decision to contact her had ulterior motives.

"He called me yesterday and he called me from a withheld number," she told Britain's The Sun newspaper in an interview conducted before she entered Celebrity Big Brother. "As soon as he said, ‘Hello,’ I just had to put the phone down.

“I could tell from the breath even before he spoke - I just knew it was him... I know Alex and I do believe he’s psychotic.

"I don’t have the time for his sick ways any more... I believe the phone call he was going to put into me would have been something sinister or he would have said something to upset me, or whatever he’s so sick in the head that I wasn’t prepared to take it, he’s not going to ruin my chances this time."

Gemma famously took part in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2014, but quit the Australian jungle after just three days. This was in part because she was struggling after her relationship with Alex soured, with the star now revealing he pulled the same trick before shooting began. The reality TV star claims Alex called her just before she entered the jungle and revealed he'd cheated on her with her best friend. Although she knows this was not true, it still played on her mind.

There were reports Gemma was going to re-enter the Australian-shot show in 2015, but that never came to fruition. The star has admitted she did initially sign on, but realised it would be too traumatic for her to spend time in camp again as it could trigger bad memories.

“I don’t remember going to the jungle, I was traumatised, I don’t remember anything," the star, who alleged Alex beat her before shooting, said.

"I couldn’t face going back in and I really wasn’t excited about it. I wanted to be excited and I felt, do you know what; I’ve got nothing to prove.

“2015 was the worst year and I’m so glad that it is over.”

Stars including David Gest, Danniella Westbrook and Nancy Dell'Olio are among those joining Gemma on Celebrity Big Brother.

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