Gemma Collins seen in incredible throwback snaps as star celebrates turning 41

Gemma Collins has been seen in some incredible throwback photos posted by a friend in hour of the star’s 41st birthday.

The former TOWIE star celebrated her birthday on Monday, with thestar posing in a plunging swimsuit to mark the occasion.

A longtime friend of Gemma’s has also posted a series of photos of her and Gemma, saying she’s “proud to say she’s one of my oldest besties”.

Fitness instructor Vicky Young posted four snaps of the pair of them together over the years of their friendship, which has seen the both of them know each other for almost four decades.

Vicky captioned the image: “Happy birthday to this beaut I am proud to say to is one of my oldest besties. 37 years of friendship, laughter and tears! Beautiful inside and out, always giving off such positive energy when she is around, and a fab aunty to my boys, have the best day love you lots”.

Replying to the post on Instagram, Gemma joked: “Just waking up will reply fully when I’m more with it he he xx”.

The star celebrated her birthday on Monday by posting a swimsuit snap to her followers after treating herself to a spa trip.

Stunning star Gemma stripped down to a sexy black swimsuit with a plunging mesh neckline as she paddled in a pool, with her blonde hair worn up in a ponytail.

She captioned the video: “CHAPTER 41 all I need is a little GC and my life will be very fulfilled and complete please god.”

In the video, a happy Gemma spoke about turning a year older and how she has been working hard on her health and fitness, saying: “This is 41, this is what it looks like.

“I’ve been working so hard the past couple of weeks shaping up, but do you know what I’ve made it to 41, I feel fit, I feel good and I just want to say thank you for your lovely birthday messages.“

She explained: “I’ve been at a spa, I’ve been working out, I’ve been eating well, I’ve been exercising and it’s all showing and it’s coming off and I just wanna say thank you for the love.”

Gemma’s fans went wild for her birthday upload as one person said: “Looking fabulous. keep being your fabulous self.”

Another said: “Happy birthday GC !! U look incredible!! Keep being u !! X”.

A third fan gushed: “Wow! You go girl!”, while a fourth said: “well done you…its brilliant. …inspired me X.”

It’s been 10 years sinceGemmafirst appeared inThe Only Way Is Essex,and in that time she’s been very open with her fans about her life, including her relationships and weight loss journey.

Nowhappily engaged to Rami Hawash, she’s prioritising her health and happiness and is now hoping to have a baby.

Talking on her podcast, the reality star said: "I found the love of my life, I'm definitely ready to have a baby now,Amy Childsbless her – she knows everything about having kids.

“She brought out this dates calendar, her mum Julie took me to a fertility doctor years ago, and I will never forget that. They know it all when it comes to having kids."

Gemma continued: "Amy was like, 'I'm going to get you a private midwife'. She's very invested in me having a baby. She really wants me to have one. Apparently, there are only four days in a month you can get pregnant, I didn't know that."

Gemma regularly shares updates about trips with her godson and nephews, as well as herstep-son, fiancé Rami’s four-year-old son Tristan.

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