Gemma Collins ‘overwhelmed’ over James Argent gift on 40th birthday

Gemma Collins was showered with an outpouring of love from her ex-boyfriend James Argent as she celebrated her 40th birthday. 

The former Towie star admitted to feeling ‘overwhelmed’ after being treated to a huge balloon display on her milestone birthday. 

In her Instagram stories, Gemma shared a photo of large pink helium balloons, which included ‘GC 40’, a pair of lips, a champagne bottle and lipstick against the backdrop of a sparkly wall. 

She told fans: ‘I’m so overwhelmed with the gifts and flowers and everything being sent !!! Thank you.’ 

The reality star then reposted all the birthday messages she’d received from the likes of her former Dancing On Ice partner Matt Evers, Love Island star Amy Hart, and her ex Towie co-stars Chloe Sims and Vas J Morgan.

Giving her ex Arg a special shout-out, she added: ‘Thank you arg for the lovely balloons.’

The couple had dated on and off for years but split for good last summer.

Gemma also received a video message from Darren Day who sang Happy Birthday and joked: ‘We’re all claustrophobic’ in reference to her iconic line from her rant on Celebrity Big Brother. 

It comes after Gemma opened up about her milestone birthday in an Instagram post, and said: ‘As I approach turning 39+1 tomorrow I am reflecting on what an incredible life I have had so far I will deliver my full speech tomorrow but I am overwhelmed with the troves of gifts arriving I’m just so excited to open them all ! 

‘I’ve seen Versace parcels Gucci parcels Chanel parcels so thank you I will find out who’s sent them tomorrow but the biggest gift of all is my dad who is recovering slowly and things are looking positive small steps but he’s getting stronger daily ! X 🙏🏻.’ 

Gemma’s father Alan tested positive for coronavirus in December and was taken to hospital. 

In the run-up to her 40th, the TV star revealed she had bought her ‘dream home’ marking her new chapter. 

Gemma explained: ‘It’s been a very tough couple of months but some good news today to share I finally got my dream home and now have my keys #newchapter. 

‘I don’t have a clue how I’m going to style it yet but it’s going to be fabulous as soon as my dad is home from hospital and he sees it then my heart will be full and I can get cracking.’ 

Speaking on her podcast, she added: ‘When I took my dad to see the house he absolutely loved it. I told him in the hospital dad the house has all gone through and I just see lights in his eyes. I am so excited about it.

‘All in all it has been a positive, positive week for me.’ 

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