Gemma Collins flashes fistful of £20 notes as she picks up takeaway in East London

GEMMA Collins flashed a fistful of cash yesterday as she picked up a takeaway in East London.

The 40-year-old was pictured holding onto a wad of £20 notes as she left family run café Pellicci's clad in a Hello Kitty pink jumper.

The GC complemented her kitsch jumper with a pair of patterned maroon-coloured gym leggings and multi-coloured Crocs.

Gemma continued her off-duty appearance by working her hair into a messy ponytail and donned a face mask for the outing.

The former Towie star enlisted the help of the cafe's owner to carry out her takeaway order to her parked car.

Pellici's is an East London institution offering breakfasts and Italian classics since 1900. The café is synonymous with London gangsters The Krays who frequented it almost every morning.

The star has been through a difficult time lately as her 73-year-old father battled Covid-19 in hospital.

Gemma's dad Alan was diagnosed with the deadly virus before Christmas . Fortunately, he was discharged from hospital last month and is continuing his recovery at home.

Earlier this month, Gemma admitted she "turns to food" in a crisis as she compared eating to "self harm" on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

The Towie queen was in floods of tears after watching a video clip of people talking about the abuse she has received because of her weight.

Gemma, 40, explained: "That's hard to watch.  I've, well you don't forget it but that's the downside to fame.  I'm a lot more comfortable now in my own skin."

The TV star, who looked sensational in her multi-coloured maxi dress, talked to the Good Morning Britain host about her own struggle with food.

Gemma, who has maintained her incredible three-stone weight loss since competing on Dancing on Ice in 2019 through staying active, said: "Yeah. I think I have always turned to food in times of crisis. I mean any occasion, if I'm happy I eat, if I'm sad I eat. 

"But I think it's about dealing with your emotions and trying to find a way of dealing with them in a healthy way and not turning to something that can harm you.  Cos it is like a form of self-harm."

Piers went on to read out some of the messages trolls had brazenly sent her.

He said: "The viciousness of that, you know we found some of these messages ‘Please leave TOWIE and die, you hurt my eyes when you come on TV. Please just die you waste of oxygen, you're just a fat attention seeking b…  and so on.' I mean utterly vile."

Gemma spoke about how people would shout abuse at her to her face.

It broke her heart when they did it in front of her mum too.

She said: "It was so embarrassing once, I was taking my mum for lunch, a van pulled up and they started abusing me. It wasn’t for me, I felt so hurt that that happened in front of my mum."

When Piers asked her what they said, she said: "You fat c***. You know, fat cow."

Gemma added:" 'Look at you stuffing your face.' Again, I’m used to it but I didn’t want my mum to hear it." She said her mum was "very upset" by it.

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