Carol Vorderman says she bought a house in Wales after I’m A Celeb changed her

I’m A Celebrity… South Africa is just around the corner. The all-star series, which sees legends from seasons go by return for another stint at a different camp, launches on Monday, April 24 on ITV1 and ITVX.

The launch episode will welcome boxing champion Amir Khan, Diversity dancer and DJ Jordan Banjo, former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan and TV presenter Carol Vorderman. As well as Olympic athlete Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, supermodel Janice Dickinson and music legend Shaun Ryder. For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.

ITV bosses have teased there will be many more celebrities taking part in the special series, but that viewers will have to watch to find out who they are and when they will enter camp. With no public vote, they will be competing against each other in a battle to become the first ever ‘I’m A Celebrity Legend’.

Read more: I’m A Celebrity South Africa start date, line-up and what we know so far about the all star series

And ahead of her return former Countdown star Carol, who grew up in Prestatyn, has revealed going on I’m A Celebrity was such a lifechanging experience in 2016 that it inspired her to buy a house in Wales. She also admits the first thing she will do when she sees Ant & Dec again is say a huge thank you.

“Doing I’m A Celebrity changed me a lot,” Carol explained. “It made me realise that I was missing many things I loved and within a short space of time after leaving the camp, I bought a little house in West Wales. I love Wales and I love being out at night.

Carol Vorderman on I’m A Celebrity… South Africa

“I’ve got a converted van and I live a bit of a hippie life! I go paddle boarding all the time now. You get to a point in life where you think everything is all a bonus. You can’t say ‘I will do that in 20 years’ time’. It made me realise that you need to live in the now.

“I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Ant and Dec when I see them in South Africa and I can’t wait to take part in this new series. I loved everything about I’m A Celebrity.”

Asked what her best memory was of the 2016 season, Carol said: “Waking up outdoors in camp. It was stunning and I loved my whole time in the camp.”

And quizzed on whether or no I’m A Celebrity changed her, Carol reiterated: “Yes it changed me a lot. It made me realise I was missing a lot of things I love, like the Welsh countryside.”


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