Former I’m A Celebrity contestant Fatima Whitbread has revealed she kept the cockroach that got rammed up her nose on the show all those years ago – and even had it waxed.
In the 2011 series, around 7,500 cockroaches were put in the former Olympic athlete’s helmet during a Bushtucker Trial and one of them crawled up her nose.
The trial was stopped and the show’s medic Bob was brought in with a syringe full of water, and managed to flush the roach out of the javelin thrower’s nose – while it was a while before it broke free.
On tonight’s ITV special I’m A Celebrity… A Jungle Story, which celebrates 20 series of the show, Fatima spoke about the shocking moment and got out her preserved bug for the camera.
She said: “It did come out and didn’t last long, and I’ll have to show you this because I kept him and had him waxed, and he’s quite comfortably sitting in there.”
“It took 20 minutes and three different solutions to flush it out. It shot out my mouth and he hit the ground running like an Olympic cockroach, but I got it.”
The new series of I’m A Celebrity airs on on Sunday, November 15 at 9pm on ITV.
This year it is taking place at Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales – instead of the normal filming location Australia due to the pandemic.
Viewers will see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats.