Gemma Ward's mother Claire has spoken on the model's recent return to the catwalk at the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 show. She commented that she had a tear in her eye when she saw Gemma walk - she watched the show at home in Perth. She also explained that Gemma didn't know if people would be supportive of her comeback but thought of the experience as a good birthday present for her boyfriend:
"I must admit I had a tear in my eye when she walked out, I just felt really pleased for her. It was an important thing for her to come back: she loved modelling, she loves fashion and it just was the right time. I'd spent a very anxious week leading up to it. The fashion industry is very fickle and you never really know. Her partner (model David Letts) had never been to Europe before and it was his birthday the day before (the show), so she said 'even if it doesn't come off it'll be a beautiful experience for David on his birthday'."
Claire adds that Gemma needed the extended break to have a normal life for a while and she's now excited to return:
"She got to see that if she chose to she could have a very normal life. I always knew she wanted to go back - she had unfinished business. It was kind of hard leaving when she did, she needed to go and spend some time for herself."