I'm A Celeb's Rebekah Vardy breaks down over bullying barbs
I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! star Rebekah Vardy broke down in tears after discovering that she had been accused of bullying in the jungle.
The mother, and wife of footballer Jamie Vardy, was horrified as she caught up on criticism from viewers after emerging from the three-week show.
Barbs were aimed at Vardy, Jamie Lomas and Amir Khan following comments that their fellow camper Iain Lee was “playing a game”.
Vardy, who quickly became a fan favourite for her bravery in tackling some of the first bushtucker trials of the series, became emotional as she insisted there had been no intention of ganging up on the radio DJ.
She was comforted by her father as she said: “You know what, I was the one that was being the most supportive of him. A bully? I’ve never been a bully in my whole entire life.”
Her words came during filming for ITV’s follow-up show, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out Show, airing on Friday night.
Overhearing the comments, Lee also pushed back the accusations, assuring viewers: “There was no bullying going on. Let’s quash this rumour once and for all. Bullying is a very serious thing. It’s a huge word. There was no bullying whatsoever.”
Another huge revelation for the emerging campers was the truth behind the strawberry incident, which saw Lee take the blame after he and Khan devoured a plate of prize strawberries that they had won for the hungry team.
Dennis Wise, who had previously accused Lee of deliberately “upsetting everything in the camp,” said: “Amir! They both encouraged each other, but Amir started it, by the looks of it. The rascal!”
Lomas agreed: “I don’t think Iain was playing a game. He’s a nice guy and we became good mates in there. I think it’s been completely blown out of proportion if I’m honest.”
Stanley Johnson, who tucked into his favourite cheese platter after becoming the first man voted out of the jungle, added: “For Iain, it’s been quite a challenge. He’s an intriguing fellow. I should say quite a complex fellow. I felt a bit protective of him on a couple of occasions really.”
An unexpected friendship also blossomed between the father of Conservative MP Boris Johnson and Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale.
Second to leave, following comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Dugdale said: “I didn’t want to like him. For the first few days I was really angry at him because every time I looked at him all I could see was Boris. But I couldn’t help but get to like him.”
Elsewhere, Vardy wasted no time in getting in touch with her husband, both to congratulate him on scoring his 100th goal for his club Leicester City and to tell him off for voting for her to take part in bushtucker trials.
Made In Chelsea star and new queen of the jungle Georgia “Toff” Toffolo also commented on her experience in the jungle, saying: “I have found such happiness in there. I have been so happy all day, every day living such a basic life.
“All the things that come along with living in the UK you don’t need any of it.”
:: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out Show airs on ITV at 9pm on Friday.