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How does Gemma Collins know Kim K's BFF Jonathan Cheban? They are filming a new show out in LA!

The Only Way is Essex series 24 is in full swing!

But since TOWIE OG Gemma Collins left the series, fans have been missing her presence on their TV screens.

But there are rumours that Gemma is filming a brand new reality show. And as she has been spotted out and about filming with Kim K’s bestie Jonathan Cheban, we know they have something up their sleeves!

So, how does Gemma know Jonathan?

Screen Shot: The Only Way is Essex Gemma Collins and Jonathan Cheban – ITVBe, series 23 episode 6

How did Gemma and Jonathan cross paths?

Gemma and Jonathan Cheban were both contestants on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.

The pair went their separate ways when Jonathan chose to leave the CBB house.

With Gemma sobbing as he left:

Jonathan, can’t you just stay?

Screen Shot: The Only Way is Essex Gemma Collins – ITVBe, series 23 episode 6

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Gemma and Cheban’s rocky road

Although they got on like a house on fire on Celebrity Big Brother, their friendship has been less than plain sailing since they first hit it off.

According to The Sun in May 2017 Jonathan put Gemma on a “time out” for not bothering to meet up with him while he was in London for months filming Celebs Go Dating.

Jonathan said that the TOWIE star didn’t make an effort with him because that’s just how she is. He said to The Sun: “Why? Because she’s Gemma!”

Jonathan Cheban on TOWIE

The couple made amends and swiftly became best friends again.

Jonathan even appeared in an episode of The Only Way is Essex series 23!

At the end of episode 6, Gemma and Jonathan were over the moon to be reunited and their friendship has remained solid since.

Screen Shot: The Only Way is Essex Jonathan Cheban – ITVBe, series 23 episode 6

What is Gemma Collins’ new show?

It would seem Gemma and Jonathan have a secret project up their sleeves.

On Wednesday, May 15th the two were spotted filming Gemma’s rumoured new show around Hollywood, California.

Nothing has been confirmed about the new show, but it looks like the pair are having a blast crusing around Beverly Hills in a Rolls Royce!

Screenshot: Instagram



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After studying for her BA in Journalism at Solent University, Helen went straight into writing for GRV Media as years of binge-watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta finally started to pay off. Helen has been with the company for over three years, writing about reality TV and specialising in USA and UK content. Outside of work you’ll find her rustling up Nigella’s latest recipes, or at the beach walking her dog.