Gemma Collins is still single.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

The 'Only Way is Essex' star sparked rumours she was dating a bearded man at the end of last month after she uploaded a photograph of her kissing him on the cheek on her social networking sites, but she's adamant she's not in a relationship with anyone and is going on a date with an "nice older guy" next week.

Taking to her Twitter account this morning (06.09.17), she said: "Guys .... I am very much a single Pringle ! I have a date next week with a nice older guy .... this person is NOT the one no more airtime x (sic)"

As well as trying to find the perfect man for her, the blonde babe is toying with the idea of getting a gastric band fitted, which involves putting an adjustable ring around the top of your stomach to prevent overeating, in order to fulfill her dreams of having a baby.

A source said: "Gemma knows she's run out of excuses. She's determined to get control over her weight and face up to the reality that she's big because she eats too much. Gemma feels she won't find love if she doesn't do something drastic and thinks her only option is a gastric band. She knows she's not getting any younger and has been told she could develop fertility problems due to her weight."

However, although she's keen to beat the bulge, the 36-year-old blonde doesn't want to lose too much weight as she wants to be an ambassador for the larger ladies.

The insider explained: "She's not turning her back on the bigger women. Her happiness is at risk and she has to do something about it - now!"

Last year, Gemma revealed that she'd suffered a miscarriage in 2012 and believes it was punishment for aborting her baby previously.

She said at the time: "I do feel guilty. What if I can never have a baby now? The miscarriage feels like God's way of punishing me."

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