Gemma Collins ‘terrified’ as Dancing on Ice drama triggers stress-induced nightmares

Gemma Collins has revealed that she has been left “terrified” by stress-induced nightmares after she was criticised for alleged “diva” behaviour on Dancing on Ice.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield took the TOWIE star to task for lacking “professionalism” on Monday, after it was rumoured that Collins had been napping backstage and had left Sunday’s performance early.

However, Collins’ skating partner Matt Evers has since set the record straight, stating that she “did not take a nap” and was “exhausted” by the show’s busy filming schedule.

The star revealed today that she has been unable to sleep because of the critical reports.

Stressed: the star said she'd been struggling with sleep (David Parry/PA)

“In the eight tears since starting on TOWIE I have never had what has happened to me this week,” she told The Sun.

“I have had nightmares, I have had non-stop dreams about my teeth falling out and when I Goggled it said it was stress related,” she added.

“I have woken up terrified thinking someone was in my house and screaming in the middle of the night.

“I even had a huge cyst removed off my shoulder last week that the doctor said was down to stress.”

She went on to claim that while she is “happy to laugh all the diva stuff off” as part of her GC persona, “there is only so much [she] can take.”

Collins also said that the show was having an adverse effect on her relationship with fellow TOWIE star James Argent.

“It has affected my relationship with James because there has been no time for romance,” she said. “It’s not good for your love life this show.”

Collins is set to take to the ice on Sunday’s live show, which airs at 6pm on ITV.