EXCLUSIVE ‘I’m not pregnant’: Olivia Attwood says she left the I’m A Celeb jungle over fears she had ‘dangerously low potassium levels’ and not because she’s expecting her first baby
Olivia Attwood left the I’m A Celeb jungle over fears she had “dangerously low potassium levels” — and not because she’s expecting her first baby.
The 31-year-old staff member was rushed to the emergency room after a routine check-up involving a blood test showed she was anemic, leading to concern among ITV bosses.
In an exclusive interview with Mail On Sunday, Olivia says she’s read online speculation from fans who thought she’d left the jungle after discovering she was pregnant – and confesses that the thought even crossed her mind as she made the terrifying journey to the hospital made.
‘It was absolutely terrifying’: Olivia Attwood left the I’m A Celeb jungle over fears she had ‘dangerously low potassium levels’ — not because she was expecting her first baby
She said: ‘It felt like the longest journey ever, I thought a month or so ago my blood was normal so I didn’t know what to think.
‘I wondered if I had contracted a virus, if I was pregnant, all those things were going through my head. It was downright scary.’
After her hospital results returned to normal, a relieved Olivia hoped this was the end of the nightmare – and that she could get back into jungle life with her newfound co-stars.
But after ITV producers deemed the risk too high and feared that the debilitating conditions in the camp could pose a potential health risk to Olivia, she was not allowed to return.
‘It felt like the longest journey ever’: The camp mate was rushed to the emergency room after a routine medical examination where she underwent a blood test showed she was anemic, sparking concern among ITV bosses
After he was pictured flying from Brisbane airport, the internet was full of potential theories as to why the TV personality had to leave the show unexpectedly.
Olivia said, ‘I mean, I saw on Twitter that I was pregnant. I am not.’
Others questioned the star’s physical and mental strength and ridiculed her dedication to the process, which Olivia said was “misogynistic.”
She added: “There is an underlying misogynistic vibe to the rhetoric. They say, “I bet she passed out, or I bet she was afraid to sleep outside, or she didn’t feel like it because it was raining.”
“The reason it was so frustrating is because I’m the complete opposite of that and to make it even more annoying, people could tell from the show that I absolutely loved it. There was nothing I would have said no to on the show.
‘I’m not pregnant’: Olivia says she’s read speculation online from fans who thought she’d left the jungle after finding out she was pregnant – and confesses the thought even crossed her mind (pictured with fiancé Bradley Dack)
“I loved it from the first hour and I embraced every moment of it.
“I’m a nature geek, so I loved seeing all the insects, and I even saw a kangaroo, so I was really in my element.”
Olivia revealed that her heartache over leaving the show was shared with fiancé Bradley Dack, 28, who, along with the nation, was confused about why her jungle journey had come to an abrupt end.
She said, “Brad was heartbroken, he was really, really upset for me.
‘It was difficult to explain the story, because there is little point in telling it. He kept saying ‘but why?’ and I’d say I don’t know.’
The couple, who have twice postponed their wedding, are looking forward to their big day, which Olivia has confirmed will finally take place next year.
She added: “We are very busy planning as we have obviously moved it twice and I am very lucky I have a lovely wedding planner who is in control so I expect she will expect a call for me now i’m back.
“I’ve got the dress, the location, we’ve done a lot – I’ve had the dress for two years now.”
‘He was really, really upset for me’: Olivia revealed that her grief at leaving the show was shared with Bradley, who, along with the nation, was confused as to why her jungle journey had ended abruptly