The Sun claimed last week that Gemma was charging fans a tenner if they wanted to pose for a photograph with her, while shoppers in her plus-sized Brentwood boutique were reportedly told that if they wanted the star’s autograph they’d have to fork out and buy something from the shop first.
While a source close to the reality star denied the claims - and Gemma herself retweeted a comment from a fan who’d met her in the past describing her as “down to earth” - Lauren still slams the former car dealer’s diva behaviour in her latest magazine column.
Writing for new! magazine, Lauren says: "According to reports, Gemma Collins has been charging fans £10 to have their picture taken with her. I love Gemma and we've always got on but if it's true, then I think it's really wrong."
“No one, not even Angelina Jolie, has a right to charge fans for things like that. It's the fans who watch their shows and buy tickets to their films. Without them, where would they be?"
Yep, that is Angelina Jolie and Gemma Collins being compared in the same magazine column, people.
We’re not sure how Gemma is going to react to this, particularly given how famously outspoken she is on ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, having recently squared up to her pal Harry Derbridge’s mum when she was accused of interfering in his relationship with Bobby Norris.
“I’m 33 and fabulous, honey. Drop me out of it.”
Read Lauren's column in full in the latest issue of new! magazine.