I’m A Celeb star details family tragedy will make her ‘resilient’ in the jun…

I’m A Celeb: Grace Dent arrives in Australia

Grace Dent has said that dealing with a devastating family heartache will make her a force to be reckoned with in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 2023.

The 50-year-old food critic is one of this year’s contestants on the ITV jungle show and has revealed that her tragic parents’ deaths will make her a formidable contender on the ITV series.

“I have been through a really difficult time over the last four or five years,” she said in the run-up to the show, which starts on Sunday.

“My dad had dementia, I cared for him and I lost him,” she added. “Mum had cancer and I lost her. I think that this has made me very strong and resilient. This is going to be a big challenge and now I am older, life is for living and it’s one of the reasons why I said yes.”

Grace, who was spotted arriving in Australia on Monday, has previously spoken about her father’s battle with dementia.

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“There is so much I want to say to Dad, but I can’t bring myself to,” she said in 2020.

“Dementia is really awkward, not just painful and frightening, embarrassing, I don’t like to be left alone with Dad. But sometimes I can see terror in his eyes…

“Sometimes, as Dad talks nowadays, midway through a nonsensical sentence his brain catches up, and right then, he understands the total ridiculousness of what he is saying, and pure shame passes across his face.”

Grace, whose father died in December 2022, will be competing for the jungle crown against the likes of Britney Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn and controversial GB News host Nigel Farage.

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She’ll also be campmates with This Morning’s Josie Gibson who also said she would be spurred on by her beloved family members. Josie admitted that being away from her son Reggie will be one of her hardest challenges during I’m A Celebrity.

The This Morning presenter, who was the third star to land in Australia for the ITV jungle show, said that even the very thought of not being able to speak to her five-year-old has been emotional.

“It’s going to be tough,” she said. “I am worried about not having any contact with him. He is so excited though.”

Asked what she’ll miss the most as she landed in Oz, she said: “Obviously my little boy, it was really emotional saying goodbye. I can’t talk about it, it’s too emotional.”

The full line up for this year’s show, which will once again be hosted by Ant and Dec, has been revealed.

YouTube star Nella Rose, First Dates’ maître d Fred Sirieix, Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson, TV presenter and former JLS star Marvin Humes, former EastEnders star Danielle Harold and Hollyoaks icon Nick Pickard round off the famous faces for this year’s series.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here returns to ITV at 9pm on Sunday, November 19.

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