Gemma Collins has revealed that her parents are "extremely unwell" with COVID-19.
The former Only Way Is Essex star took to Instagram on Tuesday (December 22) to share photos of her mother and father, and a caption that urged all of her followers to "please please please take notice of the guidelines" put in place to try to prevent coronavirus from spreading.
"Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything he is going through right now," Collins continued, highlighting the severity of their symptoms.
"This has totally wiped him out and it's heartbreaking. My mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid," she added. "This is real ! And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE. It really is petrifying.
"What a difference a year makes .... STAY HOME !!! STAY SAFE !!! SAVE LIFES without your health !!! You got nothing !!!!"
Later, Collins took to her Instagram Story to thank everyone for their well wishes.
Earlier this year, the 39-year-old opened up about her third miscarriage in an open letter, following Meghan Markle's choice to publicly reveal that she and Prince Harry had lost a child.
"I've not talked about this before, but it was my third," she explained. "I've been trying to have a baby for nearly a decade now, only to have my hopes dashed time and again by first one miscarriage, then another.
"I know I can give a baby a brilliant life – a life a world away from the world of 'GC', the larger-than-life character that most of the public know. When my time to be a mother comes, I will do everything I can to protect the privacy of that cherished prize I have yearned for for so long."
If you have experienced a miscarriage and need support, please contact The Miscarriage Association (via email at email@example.com or telephone on 01924 200799, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) or Tommy's.
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