GEMMA Collins has revealed her secret family heartbreak as she admits be having a low-key Christmas this year. The reality star, 41, said it's a very "upsetting" time as she opened up about her uncle's health battle.Advertisement Gemma explained that the festive period will be a quiet one this year as she "prays" for her dad Alan's twin brother, who is currently in hospital. "It's always at this time of the year that we remember our passed ones, sadly my dad's twin brother is in hospital at the minute and he's massively in our thoughts," Gemma said on the GC podcast. "It's just very upsetting, it's more upsetting at this time at Christmas when you have a loved one in hospital but you just keep sending them your prayers and you call upon your angels." It will be a difficult time for Gemma this year as she spoke about the loss of her good friend Rhys Alan Smith, who tragically died last year.Advertisement READ MORE ON GEMMA COLLINSSNOWBUSINESS Gemma Collins fans all say same thing as she posts video belting out a tune trim-endous Gemma Collins looks slimmer than ever as she shoots for exciting fashion collab "I believe in angels massively, a very dear friend of mine took his own life, my lovely Rhys and I have a lion of him, he bought me an ornament for my 40th birthday," she continued. "I've put it in my Christmas room because that is one person I would love to see at Christmas. "I really get choked when I think about him, he's never far from my thoughts, and just to say if anyone is having any thoughts out there at this time of year because it can be stressful or lonely please reach out to someone." Gemma said she plans to have a simple Christmas this year with no luxury gifts amid the cost-of-living crisis.Advertisement.