Gemma Collins compares herself to Marilyn Monroe and says filming show was like being on Big Brother

Gemma Collins has compared herself to Marilyn Monroe entertaining the troops throughout World War II ahead of her reality TV show Diva In Lockdown, which airs tonight.

During a Q&A session, the 39 year old explained that filming the series during the coronavirus pandemic was "very strange" as social distancing measures meant she didn't have a full team around her.

She said: "Basically its very strange, I’m not gonna lie, it’s bizarre. In TV you normally have loads of people around you to bounce off and have a laugh with.

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"We’d planned the whole series and were meant to be going here, there and everywhere, but we just haven’t been able to do it.

"But as I always do, I wanted to make the best of every situation and I do believe we’ve been able to make a fantastic series."

Speaking about why she decided to film the show, the GC explained that much like blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, she too had a calling to entertain the country during a time of crisis.

She said: "Like Marilyn Monroe was sent out to entertain the troops in the war times, I realised that the country may need the GC for entertainment and that’s what I want to give with this series. I’m a reality queen and I want people to see the realness."

However, it did come with a few challenges as Gemma went on to explain that having multiple cameras following her around her home at all times reminded her of when she starred in Celebrity Big Brother back in 2011.

The reality star said: "But I’m not gonna lie, putting the fixed cameras in my home was like being back on Big Brother again, but without a bunch of annoying people around me."


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Gemma, who recently showed off her curves in a throwback snap, also took to her Instagram Stories to defend the backlash she's faced about filming the series as many people accused her of breaking government guidelines.

Sunbathing in her garden, she told her 1.6 million followers: "I'm very excited about tonight, GC on Lockdown. Just to let you know guys is just a little bit of fun entertainment.

"All government guidelines were used. Basically it was just put in place to cheer the nation up, GC style. It's like how Marilyn used to go out to the war troops and sing to them, the GC was there to entertain the nation."

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Gemma, who recently filmed herself breaking down in tears as she joined in on the NHS Clap For Carers campaign, continued: "You know seen a few different views on it, which I get. So I hope you all enjoy it, it really is entertainment."

"We were fully aware of the pandemic while we were filming the show, but it was there for me to entertain you all. So I hope no one takes it too serious," she added.

Diva On Lockdown starts on Sunday at 9pm on ITVBe.

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