Gemma Collins supported Tilly Ramsay when she received negative comments about her weight.

Gemma Collins reached out to Tilly Ramsay after weight jibes

Gemma Collins reached out to Tilly Ramsay after weight jibes

The 19-year-old star was called "chubby" by LBC radio host Steve Allen, 67, and former 'TOWIE' star Gemma has now revealed she reached out to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant in support.

She said: "I don’t want to give oxygen to those making nasty remarks but I do want to say that I was impressed by Tilly’s gracious response on social media, especially as I’ve faced not very nice comments myself in the past.

"I sent Tilly a private message and a voice note. Me and [my nephew] Hayden messaged her the next day."

Gemma also went on to heap praise on the social media star and daughter of chef Gordon Ramsay, who is partnered with Nikita Kuzmin while she competes in the BBC Saturday night favourite.

Speaking on 'The Gemma Collins Podcast', she added: "She is absolutely wonderful that girl. Shaming people about their weight and how they look is very, very bad."

Drawing on personal experience, the reality star, 40, then opened up about how she herself had been subjected to weight jibes.

But the 'Diva Forever' star insisted she is "proud" of herself for managing to build a career.

She said: "Tilly Ramsay is beautiful how she is. I had to relive it and I had forgotten about the person who had said it. I actually thought, 'How did I build my career constantly being targeted about my weight?' I am proud of myself. The guy who did it apologised to Tilly but I never got my apology."

It comes after Allen said of Tilly: "She can’t bloomin’ well dance. I’m bored with her already. She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking, I should imagine."

In response, Tilly wrote on Instagram: "I won't tolerate people that think it's okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone's weight and appearance."