Gemma Collins sobbed as she spoke to her dad on video call from his hospital bed during his terrifying battle with Covid.
73-year-old Alan was taken to hospital shortly before Christmas suffering with symptoms of the deadly virus.
While Gemma’s mother made a full recovery after they both contracted the disease, Alan’s condition deteriorated until he was ‘fighting for his life’, his daughter revealed.
Thankfully, Alan recovered and was allowed home days before Gemma’s 40th birthday at the end of January.
Taking to Instagram today, Gemma shared with fans a heartbreaking look at how ill Alan had been as she warned people must continue to take Covid seriously.
The Diva forever star posted a video of her and her mum crying as they spoke to Alan on the phone earlier in the year when they were banned from visiting him in hospital.
“Dad was so strong for us all even when he was unwell,” Gemma captioned the candid video.
As her mum was seen crying on the call, Gemma explained “Covid has destroyed lives and affected us in so many ways we have been incredibly lucky to have dad pull through.
“44 years married it could have been a different story,” Gemma reflected of her beloved parents.
Gemma’s mum could be heard sobbing that ‘she was so upset’ in the emotional clip and advising her husband to follow doctor’s orders
“This is the reality of Covid,” said Gemma. “It’s ripped through people in so many ways. I thank God every day you made it,” she told her dad.
In the footage Gemma could be seen wiping tears from her eyes as she told her dad that she’d put the rubbish out at home in his absence.
“On a brighter note lol I won’t be doing the rubbish again,” the Essex diva joked in the caption.
Gemma explained that her dad was ‘such a gentleman’ that he never let her or her mum put the bins out.
Shortly before Gemma turned 40 on January 31, she received the best present she could ask for as her dad was finally allowed home from hospital.
However, Alan’s health battle is far from over as Gemma revealed he is still suffering from long covid.
Revealing how the family were staying positive, Gemma said: “Each day is a step in the right direction. His mental strength is unreal and he’s determined to get back to his best.”
To show her support Gemma said she was sending her parents a Takeaway meal.
“Roll on April 12,” she finished as she looked forward to the lockdown restrictions easing to allow family’s to meet up in gardens.