Gemma Collins opened up about James Argent’s past addiction issues (Picture: Rex)
Gemma Collins has opened up about ex James Argent’s past drug addiction while giving advice to a follower, admitting it ‘ripped through her family’.
The reality star, 40, shared her advice with a listener of The Gemma Collins Podcast who was going through a similar situation.
She explained: ‘This is going to sound harsh but it is something I have dealt with in my life. As much as you love them, they really need help and addiction is a very serious illness.
‘I am going to tell you now, if you carry on like this, things are going to get very out of control and you are going to end up in a really distressing situation. I can speak from my heart on this one because I have been there.’
While Gemma did not mention Arg by name, she added that professional help is what is needed to deal with addiction issues: ‘People do get the right help, people do work on the steps.
‘I’ve been where you are, you want to help and you believe them but once cocaine and addiction grabs hold of someone, you are powerless to do it.
Gemma revealed the impact it had on her and her family (Picture: David Fisher/REX)
‘You are not the professional, I’ve been there myself and it’s going to really break your heart. I’ve seen it, I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-shirt and I found it too distressing and impacting on my own life.’
She added: ‘I have been in this position myself, it will destroy lives, it will rip through your family, it will rip through your friendship groups, it is a really awful situation.
‘I look back now and I did it from love but it really can break your heart in the end.’
Arg, 33, had been open about his past issues with cocaine, but is now clean and sober and turning his life around.
He recently underwent gastric surgery in a bid to help him lose weight as part of his overall health and fitness transformation, after a near-fatal overdose.
In January, Arg celebrated one year free from cocaine and hopes that talking openly about his recovery will help keep him accountable.
Worried about drugs?
Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email email@example.com, message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.
Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol and DrugFam offers phone and email support to people affected by other people’s drug or alcohol misuse.
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