Gemma Collins was seen tearing up and shaking with emotion while vacationing in Israel with Rami Hawash.
The former Only Way Is Essex star took to her Instagram to reveal that she was “overwhelmed with emotion” when she suddenly burst into tears after visiting the birthplace of Jesus.
Gemma, 41, shared a snap from her visit to Jerusalem’s Church of the Nativity, said to be the exact spot where Jesus was born.
The TV star headed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site with her fiancé Rami, 48, and stepson Tristan, 5.
She took fans on a series of snaps to show how emotional she got when she visited the church site.
Kneeling and touching the floor, Gemma posed for a photo and told fans, “I couldn’t explain how I felt.”
“Bethlehem, I can’t believe I was so lucky to be in the place where baby Jesus was born and to touch the place,” she wrote.
“I am completely overwhelmed and looking forward to my spiritual journey in 2023.
“This feeling was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I can’t even describe what I felt in that moment. I was completely overwhelmed.”
Gemma continued to follow up with the church experience video because she cried during the church experience.
“I was in a church in Bethlehem and tears were streaming down my face,” she cried, telling her fans.
“This is the most breathtaking, surreal experience of my life. The feeling here is something you can’t describe.
“I am overwhelmed. I hope everyone can experience this once in their life.”
Panning around the room, she showed fans queuing up “to see where Jesus was born,” while telling fans they were getting goosebumps.
“Your hair stands on end. You just can’t breathe. It’s so beautiful,” Gemma concluded.
The Diva Forever star kept snapping snaps of herself breaking down in front of a church altar.
That was after Gemma flew off with fiancée Rami Hawash for an amazing New Year’s Eve.
While other stars chose Dubai and Barbados for their Christmas holidays this year, Gemma and Rami’s choice of destination has a sweet meaning.
Rami, 48, hails from Israel and a source explained to The Sun:
“They will spend New Year’s there. Having him introduce her to everyone before their wedding next year is a big step in their relationship.”
Last year, the couple made a New Year’s call in Israel, and Gemma was able to see Rami’s family for the first time in ten years.
Gemma said at the time, “He wants to take me to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He’s from Israel and I’ve always wanted to go.”
“Madonna was there, a lot of people were there. I have a lot of Jewish friends, and they always tell me how great it is.
“I haven’t seen Rami’s family in almost 10 years. It’s going to be very nice. Now that I’m older and want to be a bit of a tourist, I’d love to see Bethlehem. I’m so excited.” So that’s my Christmas present.”
Since leaving for the New Year, Gemma has shared pictures of her trip, including sea snaps captioned “Vitamin SEA.”
Gemma and Rami first dated in 2011 and enjoyed an on-off romance for three years before breaking up in 2014.
In 2013, he proposed by hiding a diamond ring in a Christmas pudding and got engaged.
They briefly reconnected in 2017, but Gemma was soon back with James Argent.
Last year it was revealed that Gemma and Rami had been dating in secret for six months, and things have been going from strength to strength between the pair since then.