Inside Naughty Boy's bizarre friendship with Gemma Collins

IT may be the unlikeliest of friendships, but outside of Naughty Boy's I'm A Celebrity stint, he can often be found hanging out with close pal Gemma Collins.

Gemma met Beyonce’s super-producer at the Brit Awards in February 2019 – and they've been buddies ever since.

They hit it off over a shared love of curry and immediately started working together on an unlikely pop music project.

There were even rumours of a romance between the pair after they shared pics of them cuddled up.

The music mogul hailed Gemma his "new favourite singer" and admitted he "believes in her".

The post read: "My new favourite singer the QUEEN of EVERYTHING @gemmacollins1 #higervibration #shepowerful #wegonnahelpher #ibelieveinher."

Gemma fuelled rumours even more when she replied: "What a weekend we had."

But it's believed the pair kept romance out of their relationship – and made it strictly professional.

Naughty Boy inspired Gemma to get singing lessons three times a week to prepare.

She was snapped up by Universal in 2019 having impressed them with her voice.

Gemma said at the time: “I have been having singing lessons when I can fit them in.

“I’ve been doing it in the car, wherever I can fit it in I will and have been doing it a lot over the phone.

“It’s a new skill for me and I’ve been learning.

“We’ve got an amazing song in the bag — it’s just getting it out there.”

But sadly the would-be summer banger Gemma hoped would put her at the top of the charts with Naughty, real name Shahid Khan, has been put on ice.

It's believed the pair's "hectic schedules" didn't match up.

“Gemma had been so keen to see if they could get the song out this summer but it’s been a nightmare," a source told The Sun.

“She has been so busy filming her TV shows, and Shahid’s schedule is always packed.

“On top of that, coronavirus happened so any thoughts of getting together had to go in the bin.

“Some of Shahid’s advisers think he should try and distance himself quietly from Gemma now this has gone off the boil.

“He is a serious musician and they think it could tarnish his credentials as a producer."

The former Towie star told me in December how she had planned to put out a smash summer hit with Naughty, after she was snapped up by Universal in 2019 having impressed them with her voice.

“We’ve got an amazing song in the bag — it’s just getting it out there.”



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