THE Only Way is Essex star Joey Turner has praised Gemma Collins as his ‘fairy Godmother’ for supporting him through his troll hell.
It comes after the brave 19-year-old told The Sun he made a frantic 2am call to show counsellors after cruel trolls told him he should be “put down.”
Joey said Gemma, 40, has been a rock to him supporting him through his troll hell as he leaves the show.
In an exclusive chat with The Sun, Joey, said: “Gemma has been like a fairy Godmother to me, she always has my back. She messaged me when she heard I was leaving to make sure I was ok.
“I was 17 when I joined Towie and Gemma took me under her wing right away. She’s been amazing to me, and advised me through my ups and downs, and telling me to ignore the trolls.
“She told me to always be the best version of myself. I’m so inspired by Gemma’s fitness too. She looked like a supermodel before and afterwards.”
Meanwhile Joey opened up for the first time about his emotional turmoil at the hands of vile internet bullies.
Joey, who broke down in tears as he quit Towie earlier this month, told The Sun: “I’ve had to deal with trolls since I started Towie, and I don’t think it can get any worse than it has done. You just get a thick skin for it in the end.
“I have trolls tell me I should be shot, and that I should be put down.”
“Once I called the Towie phsychologist at 2am in the morning because of it.”
Praising the Towie team for their support, Joey said: “They have been absolutely brilliant. They have said I can call them anytime I have a problem, and they will always answer the phone.”
Fans were devastated when the star announced he was leaving.
He told the Sun: “I’m leaving at the right time, for me.
“I was only 17 when I joined the show, and it has been the dream job.”
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Meanwhile the star recently underwent a £2k cosmetic procedure to have his chin lengthened with celebrity botox doctor to the stars Dr Vincent Wong of Harley Street.
Joey’s chin was injected with botox to lengthen his face. He’s also had filler to his cheeks and lips to balance his face.
Joey said: “Most of the stars are around 10 years older than me, sometimes I felt like I didn’t fit in.
“Botox and dermal fillers help me look and feel more mature.
I really like how it looks. It was about enhancing the features I already have. I’m really pleased with it.”
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