GEMMA Collins is reportedly using her ‘big paycheck’ from her West End early life to fund her upcoming wedding to Rami Hawash.
The 41-year-old has landed the coveted role of Mama Morton in Chicago: The Musical and plans to use her fees for the “most lavish and extravagant wedding possible”.
A source told Closer Magazine: “It’s no secret that Gemma wants the most lavish and extravagant wedding possible and as her demands continued she realized she needed a lot of help. money to make that happen.
“Gemma loves acting and is feeling that last big thing before she and Rami get married.
“The big paycheck has been an added incentive and will help pay for the lavish wedding she is planning.”
Gemma and Rami first met in 2011, enjoying an on/off romance for three years before going their separate ways in 2014.
They got engaged in 2013 when he proposed hiding a diamond ring in a Christmas pudding.
They briefly reconnected in 2017, but Gemma was back with James Argent soon after. However, she ended that rocky relationship for good last year.
Last year it was revealed that Gemma and Rami had been secretly dating for six months and she then let it slip in December that they were set to remarry.
Earlier this week, Gemma confirmed that she would take the stage for the first time in May.
Posting a black and white photo, Gemma wrote, “It’s official! I will be joining @chicagoonstage to play Matron ‘Mama’ Morton starting Tuesday May 31, 2022!”
The Sun revealed the news earlier this month and explained how former Towie star Gemma will succeed Sinitta.
A source at the time said: “Gemma has been in secret talks to play Mama Morton for some time and is very excited about the opportunity.
“She hasn’t signed anything yet because there are still issues to be resolved with the deal. But everything is fine, she will sign in the next few days.
Gemma de Towie, who shot to fame on the ITV2 reality show in 2011, has become a household name thanks to a host of TV appearances.
The GC has revealed that her former Celebrity Big Brother roommate Darren Day – to whom she told her infamous “I’m claustrophobic Darren” catchprase – helped her land the role in Chicago.
She said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped me on this journey.
“@staceyhaynes, Tim Reed, the lovely singing teacher Ian, David, Mark…you all believed in me.
“Mother darling and Sid, also claustrophobic Darren for cheering me on all the way.”
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