I’M A Celebrity star Grace Dent has revealed the heartbreaking tragedy that will make her “stronger” during her time in the jungle.
The restaurant critic, who appeared on BBC’s MasterChef, is one of the famous faces of this year’s series of the ITV show.
Grace, 50, is ready to take on the challenges of the jungle after a very difficult few years.
But the author believes it has made her “strong and resilient” – meaning she can handle anything on I’m A Celebrity.
Grace said: “I have been going through a really difficult time over the last year
last four or five years.
“My father had dementia, I looked after him and lost him.
“Mom had cancer and I lost her.
“I think it made me very strong and resilient.
“It’s going to be a big challenge and now that I’m older, life serves life and that’s one of the reasons I said yes.”
Luckily, Grace isn’t afraid of many things she might encounter in the jungle.
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Grace explained: “As far as phobias go, it’s the thought of ‘terrible’
People” that she is most afraid of.
“I think I’m pretty good with rats, they’re pretty cute, but maybe that’s the rat I saw in the cartoon, Ratatouille!
“I’m not afraid of snakes either, but this has always been a controlled environment and I don’t know what I’ll be like when I’m cooped up with them.”
However, she revealed one thing.
She continued, “My biggest phobia is really terrible people.”
“I hope I can be someone people can talk to and I hope I can stay out of any drama.”
“I always think that you don’t change people’s minds by shouting.
“But what we do have is the time to really understand why people believe the things they believe.
“This is not social media where you express it in a few characters.”