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I'm a Celeb Linda Robson interview: "The jungle messes with your head"

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I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Linda Robson

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As soon as Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson was evicted from the celebrity camp, she headed straight to the jungle crew's dining room tent to tuck into a bacon sarnie. After surviving on a diet of rice and beans for the last 14 days, you can't blame her. With the sandwich eaten and the jungle surroundings swapped for a plush hotel, we caught up with the actress to find out her reality show highlights…

How are you feeling, Linda?
"I'm a little knackered. It feels like I've got jet lag, but I guess I'm just jungle lagged."

How much weight did you lose in the jungle?
"I lost a stone and a half in the jungle. It feels good, but the weight loss wasn't through choice. There was no option. There was just rice and beans in the jungle, along with the odd meal - and some of the meals weren't appealing at all. It's the most boring, mundane food. After the first few days, you'd rather not eat."

David Haye, Linda Robson, Helen Flanagan, Charlie Brooks and Brian Conley

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Did you recognise all of your fellow campers from the beginning?
"I didn't have a clue who Nadine was, but then I discovered she was a politician. Helen had done a trial with her, but she thought her name was Nina. In fact, we called her Nina for the first couple of days."

Did you get annoyed with Helen in the jungle camp?
"We got disappointed with Helen, but I don't think you can comment on the trials until you've done one yourself. Helen did seven trials and that was bloody hard. You watch the show on television at home and you think it looks easy, but then you get here and it's a different story. I couldn't have done the coffin trial she did. They would've had to take me out on a stretcher."

Do you think Helen was faking it?
"I don't know. We never dreamed she'd be able to make it across that bridge on the first day, but she did it. I said to her, 'Just look at what I do'. But then I got halfway across and threw myself off because I knew I wasn't going to make it all the way. My arms were jelly and I didn't want to fall in front of my kids, so I spoke into my microphone, 'Boys, I'm just about to throw myself off. Make sure you catch me'. And then I jumped."

How did Helen react to that?
"Helen was petrified. Heights were her biggest fear, but she did it. It was amazing. And then she was thrown into the deep end with the trials the very next day."

Helen Flanagan, I'm a celebrity 2012, High Wire challenge

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Helen Flanagan crying



Some of the campers have turned against Helen, particularly Eric Bristow…
"I don't think Eric has particularly picked on Helen. Eric's like that with all of us. Maybe that's been picked up more on television? Even Helen admitted she took it a bit more to heart than she would've normally - but that was going on with all of us. That's just Eric. He's a sweetheart. He came out of the womb like that. It's a shame if people at home think he's a bully. He really doesn't mean it."

What is morale like in camp?
"Morale is up and down. Sometimes we go to bed really happy. Other nights it's bad."

Who is struggling the most in there?
"David and Hugo are struggling. Hugo is the hungriest boy I've ever met in my life, but he's lost so much weight. I think he looks really drawn and gaunt. He's finding it really hard. Hugo is used to good food and fine dining, but there's none of that in the jungle."

Why is David struggling?
"David is used to having six meals a day, but he's not been eating anything now. David has lost so much weight. Everyone give you messages to tell their families when you leave the jungle. David's message to his parents was, 'I know I've lost weight but I'm fine'. He arrived as a big Amazonian man, but he's fading away. His abs are sticking out because there's nothing there."

David Haye, I'm a Celebrity 2012

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There have been a few mini meltdowns in the jungle and a few tears… Is that a concern?
"That's part of everyday life. Everything in there is intended to make you cry and send you over the edge. You're hanging on the edge all the time. If I'd have stayed any longer in there, there would have been another meltdown!"

Were you nearly at breaking point?
"You know what? The jungle messes with your head. You get paranoid about everything. If you see a rat, you think they've put it in. No, you're in a jungle! They live here. There's a noise every night as soon as the sun goes down. I think it's frogs or crickets. Well, we thought it was a sound effect!"

What else surprised you in the camp?
"Poor Helen. She kept going into the Bush Telegraph asking for chocolate thinking she'd get a treat after doing the trials. No, Helen… They are not going to give you chocolate. She kept saying, 'Surely they can see how hard I've worked today. They've got to give me chocolate'. I'd say to her, 'No, love. You're not going to get chocolate until you get out of here'."

Were there really no treats at all?
"You watch the show at home and you think they get little treats along the way. No, they don't. They want you hungry and tired so that you can have a few arguments and liven it up a bit. The only treats you get are when there are challenges - but even then it's hard to win. It's tough."

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