I won I’m A Celeb and the hardest part of jungle life isn’t the bugs or lack of food, says Vicky Pattison
I’M A Celebrity Jungle Queen Vicky Pattison has revealed the toughest part of jungle life – and it’s not what you might expect.
The Geordie Shore star, 35, took the crown Down Under back in 2015, with Union J singer George Shelley as runner-up.
Recently, Vicky opened up about her jungle experience in a candid interview with Sky News‘ Political Editor Beth Rigby.
Beth – who confessed she herself was an I’m A Celeb fan – asked Vicky: “Is the reality of it quite monotonous and boring a lot of the time?
“You’ve got no phones, no books, no food, no booze,” to which Vicky quipped of the latter: “That is the hardest bit.
“So everyone thinks it’s like the bugs and, don’t get me wrong, the heat is horrible especially for a little Geordie like me.”
Yet the I’m A Celebrity crown came with its huge pitfalls, and later on in the chat, Vicky opened up on her father’s 30-year battle with alcoholism – and how her show victory could have sent her on the same path.
After discussing the star’s heartfelt Channel 4 documentary, Vicky Pattison: My Dad, Alcohol and Me, she confessed there was a “period in my life there was a very good chance I could have ended up being an alcoholic, yes.”
She continued: “It’s the weirdest thing – when I came out of the jungle everyone assumed I had the world at my feet.
“And I should have been the happiest I had ever been but I was really out of my depth.
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“I had raging imposter syndrome, I didn’t believe I deserved anything I was getting.
“Because I felt out of place at these parties and because I met all these big celebs I didn’t think I deserved to meet, I drank to cope with being quite insecure and overwhelmed.
“It could have very easily gotten out of control.”
Later in the chat, Vicky said there had been periods when she had given up the booze to prove she could.
Yet she would like it to remain a balanced part of her life.
Later in the emotional interview, she said she felt “scared” to have kids who were “broken” like her.
Vicky – who admitted to having an “addictive personality” – said she was afraid of history repeating itself.
Speaking about her fears around having children, Vicky said: “I was also just really scared that I was going to have children who felt in some way broken like me.
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“But the documentary has brought us a lot of peace and clarity.”
In May, Vicky watched the first rough cut of her documentary, and explained how it left her “speechless”
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