Towie star unrecognisable in throwback pics to celebrate brother's birthday | The Sun

GEMMA Collins looks unrecognisable in a series of childhood photos to mark her brother’s birthday.

The 41-year-old paid tribute to Russell in a touching post as she remembered their tough childhood together.

Gemma wrote: “Happy birthday to my wonderful brother 💗💫 may you continue to grow ….

“Remember we was so poor we didn’t have a toaster we would get the bread 🍞 on a fork and do it on the gas fire 🔥 it’s a different story now 💫.

“Was so glad to share all these moments with you love you 💗💫 lol now I have a dolce and gabbana toaster but I’m scared to use it he he x”

In the pictures, the pair are seen hanging out as kids playing on the beach and messing about at home.

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Gemma is known for being very close to her brother and even lived with him throughout the pandemic while waiting to buy her dream home.

As a thank you for “putting up with her”, she splashed out £80k on new Porsche for him.

Speaking previously about their upbringing, Gemma revealed: "I never knew what a toaster was, it was only as I got older, we got a toaster. I had a happy childhood, I didn't know about money then."

It’s all change now, though, as Gemma’s a successful businesswoman worth £5m and is so rich from reality TV appearances on Towie and her own show, she wears a new pair of knickers every day.

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And she has no plans of slowing down, saying previously: "This week I was in the reality TV rich list and I hope to continue doing so well. But you only do well from doing hard work. Nothing was ever given to me on a plate.

"I always think one day this could end. I would rather die trying then be sitting back living it up. You never know in this TV game.

“I always said if I had 5 years out of it, well 2 years initially, then 5,now I've been doing it ten.

"If I get another year of two years … I'm like a little scurrying rat, in the background I'm constantly nails on the ground, chipping away chipping away, trying to build an empire."

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