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TOWIE’s Gemma: Death threats are the norm in Essex

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins has defended Dan Osborne’s threatening behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

The 23-year-old was kicked off the ITVBe reality show earlier this year after his threatening behaviour towards his ex Megan Tomlin was revealed in the British press. But now his friend and former co-star Gemma has come forward in his defence, claiming all men in Essex behave the same way.

“Dan is one of the loveliest guys I’ve met. People say things in temper. If you live in Essex that’s what all the boys say to their girlfriends,” she told British newspaper The Sun. “Death threats, yeah, that’s Essex boys for you. I have had boyfriends say to me if I ever leave them they will kill me. In Essex, it’s a normal thing.”

Dan was in a relationship with Megan before he joined the cast of TOWIE. The pair dated for 18 months but the pressures of the show led to their break-up. However weeks later, Megan discovered she was pregnant with their son Teddy.

“Affairs of the heart are the most stressful things ever and I believe when he was saying those things he was very much in love with Megan,” Gemma continued. “There are two sides to every story but nobody is perfect. You shouldn’t threaten to kill your baby’s mum but I do believe he had a lot of love for her and he was never going to kill her. I think he deserves to make a comeback to the show.”

Since his break-up with Megan, Dan has moved on to a happy relationship with EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa. The couple welcomed daughter Ella in February.

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