The Only Way Is Essex star Saffron Lempriere has revealed that she ‘no longer talks’ with Gemma Collins and described how the pair have gone their ‘separate ways’.
Saffron, 28, described how she and the Diva Forever star Gemma, 39, ‘were like sisters’ but would not discuss the ‘reasons’ why they parted ways on Thursday.
The TV star explained how lockdown ‘made her realise’ who her ‘true friends’ were and said she had ‘wasted a lot of energy and time on things that I shouldn’t have.’
Open: The Only Way Is Essex star Saffron Lempriere, 28, has revealed that she ‘no longer talks’ with Gemma Collins, 39, and described how the pair have gone their ‘separate ways’ on Thursday
Speaking to host and co-star Bobby Norris, 34, and Stephen Leng on the Access All Areas show for FUBAR Radio, she said: ‘Me and Gemma no longer talk. I wish her all the best and that’s it really.’
She continued: ‘Me and Gemma were good friends for a long time.
‘I worked with her in the clothing and we were good friends. We were like sisters really and we rowed like sisters as well as loved like sisters.’
Parted ways: Saffron described how she and the Diva Forever star Gemma, 39, ‘were like sisters’
The TV star appeared in Gemma Collins: Diva Espana and the pair remained friends with Saffron joining the cast of TOWIE in 2018.
Speaking about why the pair ended their friendship, she said: ‘There are reasons but I’m not willing to discuss them.
‘We’ve gone our own separate ways. She’s successful, I wish her all the happiness, best and that’s it.’
Close: Saffron, who regularly features alongside Bobby Norris, 34, (pictured) on the ITVBe reality show, spoke about the importance of ‘true friends’ in lockdown
Saffron, who regularly features alongside Bobby on the ITVBe reality show, spoke about the importance of ‘true friends’ in lockdown.
She said: ‘I really realised who my true friends were in that time. People that you could just pick up the phone to and I realised that I’d wasted a lot of energy and time on things that I shouldn’t have.
‘Because at the end of the day, you’ve got to be happy with yourself.’
In April Saffron and Bobby headed to local hospitals in Essex to hand out goods to frontline workers in collaboration with online retailer ISAWITFIRST.
The pair also started ‘a virtual hub’ on Instagram named Isolation With The Nation in April where they shared daily live videos to connect people during lockdown.
‘Separate ways’: The TV star appeared in Gemma Collins: Diva Espana and the pair remained friends with Saffron joining the cast of TOWIE in 2018
Speaking about her mental health, Saffron said: ‘I’m an empath. I’m a giver, so I’m always thinking about somebody else.
‘When it come to me, I was like, s*** this is real. And I’ve suffered in the past with my mental health.
‘I’ve suffered with anxiety and not as much depression but I think I was going down that route so I’ve gone through that.’
She continued: ‘I’ve been to therapists and things like that and you talk about yourself so much, but still I don’t think I ever was sitting with myself. There’s a massive difference.’
Speaking about her mental health, Saffron said: ‘I’m an empath. I’m a giver, so I’m always thinking about somebody else’
And Saffron admitted she has ‘grown’ from lockdown despite feeling ‘negative’ at the time.
The TV star also revealed that she has ‘found her feet’ on TOWIE through ‘solid friendships’ and described how it is her ‘best series yet’.
Saffron, who was with someone from 15 for ten years before entering a new relationship, revealed how viewers may see a different side to her now she is ‘newly single’ .
‘The viewers have not really known much about me until now so I’ve been able to sort of run with that and share a bit about my personal life,’ she said.
‘I’ve just been sort of finding happiness alone because lockdown really highlighted a lot for me.
‘I got the time to self-reflect, a lot of time to sit with my own thoughts which I haven’t done for a long time, and just being on my own, which sounds mad but it was daunting. I didn’t know what alone was.’
MailOnline has contacted Gemma’s representatives for comment.
Weight loss journey: Gemma has shed three stone so far this year thanks to controversial Skinny Jabs, and said she would ‘recommend’ it to others (pictured in July 2019)
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