How I’m A Celeb contestants are secretly sending messages to their loved ones 😱

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I'm A Celeb shock

by Nathan Katnoria |
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One of the hardest things about taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (other than the gruelling Bushtucker trials, meagre rice and beans diet and constantly being surrounded by creepy crawlies, that is) is that the celebrity contestants have no contact with their loved ones on the outside world.

Not being able to speak to their nearest and dearest can really take its toll on the celebs, as demonstrated when EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer burst into tears over her daughter on the first night, but it seems that some of the campmates have come up with a secret way of sending messages to their families.

Both Giovanna Fletcher and Shane Richie’s other halves have let slip that they have hand signals which they use to communicate with their children.

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Giovanna’s husband Tom – of McFly fame – admitted that she sends a secret signal to their three kids, Buzz, six, Buddy, four, and Max, two, by putting her thumb on her nose and wiggling her fingers during an appearance on This Morning.

“When she did that on her nose that's her little signal for the kids,” he told host Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

But it appears he might have landed his wife in hot water as bandmate Dougie Poynter, who won I’m A Celeb in 2011, replied, “Oh, you get in trouble for that!”

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Vernon Kay

TV presenter Vernon Kay has finally agreed to take part in I'm A Celeb after being approached by producers multiple times. He says his daughters Phoebe and Amber are the reason he's doing the show, although we're sure his reported £250k fee has something to do with it too...

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Victoria Derbyshire

BBC news presenter Victoria Derbyshire has signed up for I'm A Celeb as beating breast cancer has made her determined to take on new challenges. She says, "I am now saying 'yes' to stuff I wouldn't have done previously. And, if I don't do my boys proud, I will never live it down!"

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Shane Richie

EastEnders legend Shane Richie, who played Alfie Moon on the BBC One soap, has been keeping his involvement in I'm A Celeb secret since January, when he first agreed to take part. He says his biggest phobia is human faeces - guess he won't be signing up to empty the dunny then.

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Hollie Arnold

Although Paralympian Hollie Arnold is used to racking up the medals on the athletics track, she's admitted she's not even thought about the possibility of winning I'm A Celeb. She explains, "I haven't thought about it as you get lost in thought. But if I could get that far, it would be incredible and change my life!"

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Jordan North

Radio 1 DJ Jordan North says he has "so many phobias" but is looking forward to heading into camp as he gets to meet his childhood heroes Ant and Dec.

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Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard has played Coronation Street icon Liz McDonald on and off for more than 30 years but she says the biggest misconception about her is that she's as glamorous as her on-screen character. "I hate being dressed up and I don't care if my nails break either! I am quite at home in comfy baggy clothes," she says.

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AJ Pritchard

Professional dancer AJ Pritchard says, "Doing I'm A Celebrity is a childhood dream come true," and couldn't help but throw a little shade at Strictly Come Dancing after quitting the show, adding, "I was so excited to watch the return of Strictly this Autumn but now I am going to be on an even better show! I can't wait!"

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Giovanna Fletcher

Although author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher will miss the three children she shares her husband Tom, of McFly fame, she says, "I know it is something we can talk about for years to come and say 'remember when mum did that thing!'"

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Mo Farah

Although he's known for his massive success on the running track, Olympic hero Mo Farah says, "It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running." He reckons his role in camp will be the cook.

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Jessica Plummer

Former EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer admits it will be hard to give up her luxuries and live in the camp's basic conditions but she's hoping taking part in I'm A Celeb will help her cure her phobias. She says, "I have got all the phobias. When my friends see me too, they are going to say 'what the hell? This doesn't make sense!"

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Ruthie Henshall

West End and Broadway actress Ruthie Henshall is the first of two late entrants heading into camp.

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Russell Watson

Opera singer Russell Watson will be joining Ruthie as the second late entrant.

Meanwhile, Shane’s wife Christie Goddard shared a picture of the signal he uses to send love to their children on Instagram.

Alongside a photo of the soap icon placing his hand on his face with his two middle fingers separated over his eye, Christie wrote, “Shane’s special signal to the children, telling them he loves them."

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This all comes after it was claimed that crew members are refusing to work in certain parts of Gwrych Castle at night after a number of ghost sightings.

“People thought they saw a figure at one of the windows a couple of nights ago — and that spot has been pretty much off limits ever since,” said one source.

“The place is utterly terrifying at night. Several of the crew are completely horror-stricken and don’t want to go up to the castle. There are lots of lights on the main sets but there are also many dark areas behind the scenes and some noises are extremely spooky.”

“Even staff who don’t believe in that sort of thing are reluctant to go up to some parts that were supposed to be used for running equipment and camera positions,” they added to The Sun.

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