Gemma Collins breaks social media silence with sweet family throwback amid parents' coronavirus battle

GEMMA Collins has broken her social media silence with a sweet throwback snap amid her parents' coronavirus battle.

The 39-year-old star has been understandably quiet on her accounts in recent weeks after telling fans that both her mum and dad were incredibly ill with Covid-19.

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And she had poignant words to share with her fans as she took to Instagram this afternoon.

Gemma posted a childhood photo of herself with her parents and brother.

The self-proclaimed diva looked barely recognisable as a little girl, beaming for the camera with her blonde hair tied into a high ponytail.

She is stood beside her mum, with her dad beaming in the centre of the pic.

The former Towie star captioned the post: "Your family are the best team you can have ?❤️? sending so much love, hope and faith to everyone right now ?❤️?"

It marks her first post in a week, when she posted a touching tribute to the NHS.

Shortly before Christmas, Gemma shared her heartache as she revealed that both parents were ill with Covid-19.

On Christmas Eve, she confirmed that her dad was in hospital having previously revealed he'd said he'd "rather be dead" than as sick as he is.

She wrote at the time: "Please please please take notice of the guidelines ! Both my parents are extremely unwell with Covid 19 !

"Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything his is going through right now… this has totally wiped him out and it’s heartbreaking ? my mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid also, this is real !

"And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE ?? it really is petrifying ? what a difference a year makes".

Gemma has been inundated with supportive messages from her followers, praying for her parents' speedy recovery.

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