'Everyone knows about it': TOWIE's Gemma Collins is revealed as the secret saucy text partner of Ricky Rayment
00:49 GMT, 23 April 2012
Just as everything between Gemma Collins and her troubled boyfriend Charlie seemed to be sorting themselves out, a huge bombshell was dropped.
The 31-year-old was revealed as being the secret text mate of bad boy Ricky Rayment, on tonight's episode of The Only Way Is Essex.
Viewers were left shocked as the episode reached its climax and the former car sales woman was revealed as the phantom texter.
Game over: Gemma Collins was revealed as the person who had been sending text messages to Ricky Rayment on tonight's episode of TOWIE
She got outed: The former car sales woman looked devastated after Ricky told her their text affair was over
While it became evident that most of the cast on the reality TV show knew her identity, her long suffering boyfriend is one person who won't be left with a smiley face.
The episode began with sisters Sam and Billie discussing the fact that they knew who had been texting Ricky, and they felt it was unfair to his current conquest Jessica Wright.
When discussing Gemma's fashion show party, Sam, 21, said: 'It's gonna be awkward tonight if Rickie is there.
Wise words: Ricky was forced to end things with Gemma after Sam Faiers intervened and told him to stop his games
Sort it out: Sam told the wannabe playboy that everyone already knew about him and Gemma and it wasn't fair on Jessica Wright
'I think I should tell Jessica because you know they have been texting a lot.'
Sam initially threw viewers with her comments about the situation and left people assuming that it was in fact her who had been texting Rayment.
She said: 'I think that Ricky should calm down a bit because he has come on the scene and is being a bit of a player and that, but he isn't.'
Not impressed: The Faiers sister confronted Ricky after discussing the situation with her cast members
Showtime: Gemma had invited all her friends down to help launch her new fashion line for plus size women
Best buddies: Ricky was seen enjoying the fashion show next to Gemma's boyfriend, Charlie
Later in the episode Lydia Bright and Billie spoke about the tension at the party and they both revealed that they knew about the SMS action.
Billie said: 'I don't think Jess knows. I've seen the text messages and they said something about 'I've got a bit of a wild side''.
'And well I've seen something to do with badgers. Maybe its like badger in a hole or something'.
Lydia, who had already seen the messages on Ricky's phone last week, said: 'Secrets never stay secret do they.'
Secret's out: It appeared that everybody knew about the situation apart from Jessica Wright and Charlie
The crying game: Mr Rayment was adamant that he has not text Gemma back and he only has eyes for Jessica
With seemingly the whole cast in the know, Sam confronted Ricky and gave him an ultimatum.
She said: 'You are a big flirt and you have replied to the messages.
'You have seriously got to say something because everyone's talking about it. If you don't say something I will.'
Cover girl: Charlie and Gemma were seen talking about their current problems backstage at the fashion show
All mixed up: Charlie has been spending a lot of time with openly gay Bobby who is also good friends with Gemma
While Ricky denied leading Gemma on or replying to any of her flirty texts, he did say that he would sort it out right away.
He marched through the party looking for the curvy blonde and once he had found her, he let rip.
'You know I've been seeing Jess, she's one of your friends, everyone's been talking about it.
'So I just want it to end now ok. So that's it,' he said, as the camera panned round to reveal Gemma standing there looking slightly upset.
Impressive: The new line for plus size women went down well with her co-stars who were all front row
Chatterbox: Billie, left, and Sam Faiers opened the episode by talking about the not-so-secret text person
Fans of the show rushed to Twitter to explain how surprised they were by the storyline but many of them believed the whole thing was fake.
One person said: 'We know what's gonna happen on towie now, charlies gonna turn round to Gemma and be like well I've been cheating on you with bobby blablabla'.
While another user said: 'think that the producers of Towie have made up this whole Gemma & Charlie relationship & now textin Ricky! I love Towie but this is crazy!'