Gemma Collins has said her dad is “literally fighting for his life” in hospital after catching coronavirus.
The former TOWIE star revealed that both her parents were battling Covid-19 before Christmas and her father Alan was suffering particularly badly and had been rushed to hospital.
And Gemma, 39, gave her fans an update on Alan’s health on her BBC podcast, The Gemma Collins Podcast, this week.
She said: “It has been just the most awful Christmas and New Year for me. I am not going to dwell on it.
“Both of my parents have had Covid. My dad is still in hospital now. He’s literally been fighting for his life.
“It has been one awful time of it but I’m so happy to be back chatting with you all.”
Gemma said she had a lot going on with work and being there for her parents.
She went on: “Things are so difficult. It is relentless at the moment with everything going on.
“I am finding myself juggling so many plates at the minute.
“It’s been a real shock to myself and my family with my dad being in hospital.”
The GC continued: “He’s the one who kind of looks after us all and has always been the strong one in the family. It is all on me.
“I don’t mind because things don’t always go to plan in life. I hope you are all staying safe as much as you can.
She added: “It’s not been a great Christmas or New Year, roll on next Christmas and next New Year.
“I am just going to forget about last year, it has not been good.
“I’ve had to be a superhero with two parents in hospital with two businesses and a TV career and a dog.
“There is so much. You don’t realise how much has to get done.”
Just days before Christmas Gemma revealed that both her parents have coronavirus.
She said both Alan and her mum Joan were “extremely unwell” and her dad had told her that he’d “rather be dead” than fight the bug.
She told her followers: “Please please please take notice of the guidelines ! Both my parents are extremely unwell with Covid 19 !
“Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything his is going through right now… this has totally wiped him out and it’s heartbreaking my mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid also, this is real !
“And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE it really is petrifying what a difference a year makes.”