GEMMA Collins needed eight beefy bodyguards to protect her from frenzied fans during a nightclub appearance.
And the 38-year-old has been flanked by protection ever since she was forced to call cops last month after being hounded at her home by a crazed stalker.
The reality diva has seen her fame soar following her time on Dancing On Ice and as a result she's had to up her security.
Speaking to Bobby Norris at the Jog On To Cancer charity event, she said: "Dancing On Ice was great and amazing but you know, showbiz moves quick. I still do love Towie and I watch as viewer but life is so busy.
"I have a bodyguard with me as I get mobbed so often I need someone to keep an eye on me.
"I get mobbed with frantic crowds crushing me, so I need security. The crowds have got bigger and bigger. The last time I turned up at a nightclub there was a crowd crush and I needed Sid and seven bouncers to form a protective circle around me."
In March the Towie star was seen being escorted from her home by two police officers and close protection security detail.
Tearful Gemma wore sunglasses in The Sun's exclusive snaps as she was quizzed by police at her home – and advised to temporarily leave the property.
It came after she shared Instagram posts of a man she said had previously abused her in the street, walking around outside her Essex pad.
A source said at the time: “Poor Gemma is traumatised by this entire episode.
“She is really upset and anxious, and has been scared to even leave her house.
“Gemma is always incredibly friendly and open to all her fans so to have someone abuse her in this way, and threaten her so horrifically, has left her incredibly shaken.
“Police are taking this matter very seriously, and given her some practical advice in how to handle herself going forwards. It is an ongoing investigation.”
She posted a clip of the man shouting at her in the street, calling her a “fat c***” and a “fat pig”, and driving off laughing.
The reality star later shared footage of him marauding outside her home on his mobile phone, after he tracked down her address. She filmed it from her phone as as she hid behind shutters.
She also posted a screenshot of a post she claimed the man shared on Facebook which stated: “Gemma Collins you vile piece of s**t I will make a point of travelling to Essex and spitting in your face you fat horrible c***”.
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