The Only Way is Essex series 23 is in full swing.

This series Gemma Collins has been her usual bubbly self. She’s confessed she’s in love with James ‘Arg’ Argent, brought her best friend, Saffron Lempriere, onto the show and wants to employ real-life elves for the month of December.

At the end of episode 6 we were given a sneak peak that Jonathan Cheban – Kim Kardashian’s best friend – will be visiting Gemma in Essex!

So, how does Gemma know Jonathan?

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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?

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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!”

Will Jonathon Cheban Be on TOWIE?

The couple have now made amends and met up for a make up dinner.

Yes, believe it or not, Kim Kardashian’s bestie will be on the next episode of The Only Way is Essex.

At the end of episode 6, Gemma and Jonathan looked over the moon to be reunited.

They’re back to being BFFs and TOWIE series 23 episode 7 is going to be more extra than ever as Essex meets La La Land!

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

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