Gemma Collins dances in pyjamas with nephew after knee injury stopped West End debut

Gemma Collins has shared a video of her happily dancing with her nephew Hayden after recently sustaining a knee injury.

The former TOWIE star, 41, donned a pink striped pair of pyjamas as she danced to Soul Control’s Chocolate song.

Gemma captioned the clip: “I love [praising hands emoji] CHOCA LACHE [chocolate emoji] @Hayden Collins”.

Shared yesterday, Monday 30 May, the video has already been viewed over 190,000 times.

The pair’s video comes a week after Gemma pulled out of her West End debut in Chicago because of a knee injury.

The Essex native had been set to star as Matron 'Mama' Morton in the iconic musical.

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A statement made to OK! said: "Gemma Collins' management have informed the producers of Chicago she will no longer be appearing in the UK Tour of the show due to a knee injury."

It was added: "The producers of Chicago wish Gemma all the best for the future."

Meanwhile, a friend of the star told The Sun: "Gemma is absolutely gutted she’s had to pull out of Chicago. She has been in floods of tears and is inconsolable."

This isn’t the first time Gemma’s had problems with her knee – during her 2019 on Dancing on Ice stint, the 41 year old fell over during the live show.

Her skating partner Matt Evers said that Gemma was “in a really bad way” following the fall.

A friend of then-boyfriend James Argent’s said she was struggling to sleep because of the pain.

“Gemma couldn’t sleep last night because she’s in so much pain,” they told The Sun at the time.

“The swelling around her thighs and knees is horrific, and she’s black and blue all over.

“She's struggling to walk so I had to carry her to the car earlier, and she's been using Joan's wheelchair on and off all day because she's in so much pain."

It’s believed her current knee injury may stem from her accident on the ice three years ago.

Gemma’s Chicago replacement has since been revealed to be Loose Women star Brenda Edwards.

She first appeared as Mama Morton back in 2007 at the Adelphi Theatre after competing on The X Factor.

Brenda’s return to the West End comes after the untimely passing of her son Jamal, who died aged 31 in February.

Speaking to fellow panellist Coleen Nolan in an emotional interview for Loose Women, Brenda revealed that she was with her son in his final moments.

"The one thing that I want to say is I was with him, and his sister was with us. We were all at home, it was sudden," she began.

"He went into a cardiac arrest, and then he passed with me holding his hand, so I get a little bit of comfort knowing I was with him.

"As much as that is comfort at the same time, it is a vision that I'm never gonna forget.”

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