Joan, 63, slammed trolls that have hounded her daughter – and claimed she faked her Dancing On Ice fall – but insisted she can handle criticism thanks to her formative years.
Speaking about her daughter, who turned 38 yesterday, Joan said: "Bullies at school prepared her for this industry.
"She had to deal with that and I told her she has to have a thick skin.
“People are just jealous of Gemma. These trolls have nothing better to do with their time."
She added to the Mirror: “I say to Gemma, 'They are not your family, you don’t know them, you have to be tough if you want to survive this industry.'”
Gemma grew up in Romford, East London, and told how she was beaten and robbed by one classmate as a teen in her autobiography.
Her parents moved her to the £7,800-a-year Raphael Independent School after she hated attending the Frances Bardsley Academy For Girls.
She's had a tough time since starring on Dancing On Ice – having been blasted by judge Jason Gardiner, 47, and falling on her face.
But Gemma shocked viewers when she confronted Jason and told him he was "boring".
Joan said of the on-air row: “I agree with some of his comments but calling her a brat – you don’t do things like that.
"It’s not professional. That was a step too far. That was so embarrassing.
“I think Jason wants to be the centre of attention himself. That’s why he is coming out with outrageous comments. She was just sticking up for herself.”
However, Jason appeared to try to quash his feud with Gemma during the second week of the show, after her dramatic fall on the ice.
He told her: "It’s amazing when you drop the GC and you come in and apply yourself, you improve. There was an improvement here."
However, the kind comments come just days after The Sun Online revealed that the judge plans to sue Gemma for defamation after last week's live bust-up.
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