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Thursday 18th July 2019

Gemma Collins hails her Dancing On Ice co-star Brian McFadden as her saviour

These two are the surprise BFFs of the series

Gemma Collins has been open about how hard she's found training for Dancing On Ice - and it seems we can all thank her co-star for getting her through the last few weeks.

The Only Way Is Essex star has hailed Brian McFadden as her "support" and "saviour" as the skating show begins.

Brian said he would go round Gem's house (credit: gemmacollins1 Instagram)

Taking to Instagram, Gemma, 37 - who has been paired with pro skater Matt Evers in the ITV competition - shared a short video of herself singing "You raise me up!" to the Westlife singer.

Next to the clip, she wrote: "Support award 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇 @brianmcfadden123 you have been so AMAZING with me throughout this journey 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇 thank you 🙏 every time I have a wobble you're right there picking me up again, thank you so so much for being my rock throughout this competition with @themattevers 🥇."

It followed Gemma also labelling Brian, 38, her "saviour" during some behind-the-scenes videos on her InstaStories.

Never have I felt so worried about anything in my life.

Sitting in the makeup artist's chair, the I'm A Celeb star explained to fans how exhausted she's been. As the Irish singer approached, she told those watching: "Brian's going to come to my home tonight and, basically, we need injections to liven us right up."

Brian - who has been dating PE teacher Danielle Parkinson for two years - joked: "One in each cheek for me. And a new liver. Maybe a bottle of gin to take the edge off?"

Gemma and her dance partner, Matt cuddled up to remind fans DOI starts tomorrow (credit: dancingonice Instagram)

Speaking more seriously, Gemma added: "Brian's been my saviour. You have been a saviour." She added to fans: "What present can I buy Brian for being so amazing?"

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The pair seem to have bonded during rehearsals and Brian also posted his own tribute to the reality star on Instagram.

He does a good Gemma impression (credit: brianmcfadden123 Instagram)

Beside a picture together - as well as a hilarious shot of himself in a Gemma wig and sparkly top - Brian wrote: "Me and the GC @gemmacollins1 talking through my look for next week. I’m gonna go full blown GC!"

Dancing On Ice starts on Sunday, and Gemma promised she will break all the rules, but also admitted that it's been "the hardest thing I've ever done."

She added on Friday: "Never have I felt so worried about anything in my life .... two more sleeps 🙏🙏🙏."

Arg has been a supportive boyf during training (credit: real_arg Instagram)

Luckily, she's had her boyfriend and fellow TOWIE star, James 'Arg' Argent around to offer support, and on Friday he sent out a public plea for everyone to stop bothering Gemma.

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We're glad Gemma's got so many lovely people around her making sure she gets her turn on the ice. We can't wait to see how she gets on...

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