Rebekah Vardy has been named as one of the new campmates for the 2017 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
She is best known as the wife of Leicester City and England footballer Jamie, but will be playing the contest solo as she’s leaving her husband and kids at home.
Find out all about the new jungle recruit ahead of the programme’s launch on Sunday November 19.
Who is Rebekah Vardy?
Rebekah is famous for being married to Jamie Vardy, but reckons she’s more than just a WAG.
The wife of the Leicester City and England player is often pictured with him at glamorous events, but will be striking out on her own as a campmate.
Date of birth: 17th February 1982
Phobias: I am not a great fan of spiders but I don’t think I’ve got any sort of fears. That said, I
don’t like confined spaces.
Missing any special occasion: The diary is clear.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think everyone thinks of me as a Wag who never gets her hands dirty. It will be nice to show a different side.
Role in the camp: I love people. I will be a mixture of everything. I won’t be starting an argument but if I’ve got an opinion on something I will express it.
Miss most: My family and my phone.
Dream camper: Piers Morgan. I like the fact he’s honest.
Relationship status: Married.
What does she think about going into the jungle?
Rebekah said: “I am so excited but I’ve also been waking up in the middle of the night sweating and having nightmares about bugs crawling around my feet.
“I don’t really have any fears but I am dreading anything that is in a confined space and a box. I am just expecting to get voted for the majority of the trials at the beginning anyway.”
What will she miss the most about being away from home?
Rebekah is a mum of four – she has three-year-old Sofia and 10-month-old Finlay with Jamie, and two older daughters, Meghan, 11 and Taylor, six, from previous relationships.
She admitted that she was going to find it tough being separated from her family and reportedly considered not taking part at all.
But apparently, Rebekah’s children will join her in Australia so that she can be reunited with them as soon as she leaves the jungle.
She said: "I spoke to my kids and my eldest, Meghan, said, 'OMG mum you have to do it. I love that show and I really want you to do it. I will be so proud of you and if you don’t do it, I won’t speak to you again.’ Then when they found out they could come to Australia with me, they were so excited.”
When does I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! air?
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! airs weeknights at 9pm on ITV.
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In her own words
Rebekah Vardy reckons she is going to get voted for all the trials at the beginning – because everyone associates her with being a “WAG who doesn’t get stuck in and who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty.”
Admitting she is feeling both excited and nervous, the 35-year-old, who is married to Leicester City player, Jamie, and who has four children, also hopes viewers will get to know the real her when she goes in the Jungle.
“I am so excited but I’ve also been waking up in the middle of the night sweating and having nightmares about bugs crawling around my feet,” she admits.
“This is such an amazing thing to do and I am really looking forward to it.”
“I think the public see me as a ‘WAG’ so to speak and probably someone who doesn’t get stuck in. People will see a different side to me and it will be nice to show people what I am really like. I am actually a nice person.”
“I don’t really have any fears but I am dreading anything that is in a confined space and box. I am just expecting to get voted for the majority of the trials at the beginning anyway.”
Does she think her husband’s teammates will take the mickey out of him? “Probably but he doesn’t care,” she replies. “He gives as good as he gets. He won’t be bothered.”
And it’s the fact Jamie and her four children were so supportive that she decided to take up the challenge after thinking about the decision for a long time. “It’s not the kind of thing you say ‘yes’ to straight away,” she explains. “I had to think for a while. I spoke to my kids and my eldest,
Meghan, said: “OMG mum you have to do it. I love that show and I really want you to do it. I will be so proud of you and if you don’t do it, I won’t speak to you again.’ Then when they found out they could come to Australia with me, they were so excited.”
“After that, I couldn’t really turn around and say ‘no’! Jamie has been really supportive.”
Rebekah won’t hold back if someone is really annoying her. “I don’t like whingey people,” she admits. “I think if someone is whinging, then that will tip me over the edge.”
“My role? I think I am going to be a mixture of everything in the camp. I love people and I wouldn’t be the one who causes arguments but at the same time I won’t tolerate a bully. If I’ve got an opinion, I will make sure it is heard. That’s the sort of person I am.”
“I also want to push myself to the limit. This is the longest time I’ve been away from the children and it’s going to be a battle but it is also going to be a great experience.”
She isn’t sure yet whether she will break down in tears or not over being separated from the children without any outside contact but she definitely reckons the basic rations of rice will be bearable. “But they will make me bloated and they will make me fart”, she adds laughing.
As for whether she will be donning a bikini in the Jungle, the happily married star thinks she may pack a couple. “But I am not bothered about showing my body,” she stresses. “I have done before. After I had my youngest child, Finlay, it was a case of what you see is what you get.”
How would she feel to be crowned Queen of the Jungle? “Wow, that would be incredible,” she replies. “It would be the icing on the cake if that did happen as I would have achieved something incredible and something I didn’t think I was capable of doing.”
“Am I competitive? Yes, I have got quite a competitive streak in me. When I get involved in things, I am really focused on the job in hand and I will get very involved in camp and do everything possible to win the food.”
“This is going to be a massive challenge but it’s an exciting one. My life is so hectic at home that it’s going to be nice to not have to do anything. It’s ‘me time’ in an extreme kind of way!”