12/02/2021 09:00 GMT | Updated 12/02/2021 09:01 GMT

Gemma Collins Wins Over Viewers With Piers Morgan's Life Stories Interview

Many were surprised just how taken by the divisive reality star they ended up becoming.

Gemma Collins showed a different side to her personality during an emotional interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on Thursday night.

The reality star was the first guest on the brand new series of Life Stories, and while The GC has become known for her diva antics during her time in the spotlight, it was a different story entirely as she spoke to Piers.

Over the course of the hour-long interview, Gemma spoke from the heart about a number of different personal issues, discussing her private insecurities, her past miscarriage and her struggles with self-harm.

Gemma and Piers also discussed the online abuse that the former TOWIE star is frequently subjected to, during which she was reduced to tears.

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Gemma Collins and Piers Morgan in the Life Stories studio

The interview went down very well with those watching along on Twitter, including from some who had previously been left unimpressed with Gemma’s past behaviour on other shows:

Piers also acknowledged the reaction to the interview, writing on Twitter during the episode: “Fascinating to see Twitter change its mind about [Gemma Collins] during Life Stories... from cruel mindless abuse to grudging admiration and then a lot of praise for her honesty and candour.”

Gemma later wrote on Instagram: “Thank you @PiersMorgan for being so kind and understanding. Behind the GC facade there is just a girl from Romford with BIG DREAMS !!! Everyone can do it, you just need to BELIEVE.

“THANK YOU to all my family and friends for standing by me through the highs and lows. The journey continues.... The only way is UP.”

Piers and Gemma might seem like an unlikely match, but the Good Morning Britain star has actually spoken out in The GC’s defence on multiple occasions, most notably during her stint on Dancing On Ice in 2019.

Guests on upcoming episodes of Life Stories include Loose Women star Coleen Nolan, talk show host Trisha Goddard, boxer Chris Eubank and actor Rupert Everett.