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​Emily Atack Says The ‘I’m A Celebrity’ Jungle Taught Her Self-Acceptance

During last night's I'm A Celebrity final, runner-up Emily Atack spoke about how the show had taught her self-acceptance.

The emotional Inbetweeners star almost burst into tears after leaving the jungle, and spoke to host Dec and Holly about how she had grown to love herself again.

She discussed her split from her boyfriend of five years and her struggles to find work after finding fame as Charlotte Hinchcliffe on sitcom The Inbetweeners.

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Before finding out she had narrowly lost out to Harry Redknapp, Emily told Holly and Dec: "I'm going to start crying already. This place makes me cry all the time. It's changed my life in so many ways.

"I came into the year, a difficult start to the year. I didn't know what I was doing or where I wanted to go.

"This place has given me such self-acceptance. I worry about things constantly at home. I realise I don't have to do that."

Emily had a difficult start to the year as her uncle passed away and she split from her boyfriend of five years. (Credit: ITV)
Emily had a difficult start to the year as her uncle passed away and she split from her boyfriend of five years. (Credit: ITV)

"I've learned to accept who I am. This is my skin, my hair, this is what I look like."

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Emily added: "I have learned that I am terrified of everything but I can get the job done.

"I feel like someone is winding me up. It's like a really weird dream, I've ticked off everything on my jungle bucket list."

The Inbetweeners star spoke about how the show had taught her to love herself. (Credit: ITV)
The Inbetweeners star spoke about how the show had taught her to love herself. (Credit: ITV)

"Coming here I realised I don't need to be anything other than myself, I've been stripped bare here and not a single person has judged a bone in my body.

"The first three things I am going to do are shower, eat and ring all my friends."

Emily was the first of the celebrities to take on a Bushtucker Trial as she was placed in the Viper Pit, where she was bitten by an angry snake.

Emily was announced as the runner-up after Harry Redknapp became king of the jungle. (Credit: ITV)
Emily was announced as the runner-up after Harry Redknapp became king of the jungle. (Credit: ITV)

The 28-year-old has been extremely open about her confidence issues in the jungle. During an emotional conversation with fellow campmate Noel Edmonds, she said starring on the show had made her feel carefree.

Emily told Noel: "I've not met that person yet. I'm soul searching at the moment, I had a difficult start to the year, I had a break up after being with someone for five years.

"I'd got into the habit of needing that security, love and acceptance from a guy to make me happy.

The actress had been very open in the jungle about her confidence issues. (Credit: ITV)
The actress had been very open in the jungle about her confidence issues. (Credit: ITV)

"For me this has been very daunting, I'm an open book and talk openly about my feelings and I'm sat here with no makeup on, I know that sounds vain but in here I'm not worried, I'm carefree.

"I'm a bit of a boozer on the outside and I thought coming in here without booze I'd be really quiet and shy but I don't need it at all.

"I'm nearly 29 and want to look after myself and who I am, the fact that I have freckles and no eyebrows!"

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment, TV News, TV Entertainment, I'm A Celebrity

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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