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Jamie Lynn Spears quits I’m A Celeb ‘on medical grounds’ after 10 days in the jungle

Spears previously threatened to quit the reality show, telling cameras she was missing her two daughters

Maanya Sachdeva
Wednesday 29 November 2023 15:59 GMT
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I'm a Celeb stars clash as Jamie Lynn Spears accused of 'crying wolf'

Jamie Lynn Spears has sensationally quit I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! after 10 days in the Australian jungle camp, ITV has confirmed.

A show spokesperson told The Independent: “Jamie Lynn Spears has left I’m A Celeb on medical grounds. She’s been a fantastic campmate who has triumphed at trials and bonded well with her fellow celebrities.”

Her departure comes on the heels of fellow campmate, food critic Grace Dent’s exit from the popular reality series on Monday (27 November).

Since the 2023 season premiered on ITV earlier this month, the former Zoey 101 star has repeatedly expressed her desire to go back home. Spears, 31, previously threatened to quit the survival reality series after three days in the Australian jungle.

During last Tuesday’s episode, Spears broke down in tears, telling cameras that she was missing her children after her fellow contestants failed to secure her luxury item: a picture of her two daughters.

She told the Bush Telegraph: “I don’t get it... this is not okay, I wanna go home. I do not want to be here.”

She then told her campmates: “I quit, I don’t wanna do it. I do not wanna be there. I went to tell them [the producers] this is not fair. I quit. I don’t wanna do it, I don’t wanna be here, that’s so unfair that was torture. F*** this.”

However, as the show entered its second week, Jamie settled in more to life in camp. She was seen bonding with Tony Bellew and Sam Thompson, comforting Nella Rose, and working with Fred Sirieix as the camp’s sous-chef

But while the singer star said that she’d made friends for life on the show, she continued to struggle. On Monday (27 November) night’s episode, she grew emotional while recalling a traumatic incident in which her daughter nearly died to her campmates.

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The next day (28 November), she cried after eating a square of chocolate, and told Tony that she was “struggling”. Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, he said: “She’s just getting frustrated, she misses her kids. She’s so far away from home.”

In the same episode, Jamie Lynn grew annoyed when Sam joked that she was the “girl who cried wolf” by saying that she wanted to leave.

Jamie Lynn replied that she was “speaking honestly about my emotions”. “You’re never leaving,” Sam told her, with Fred saying that she couldn’t leave because he needed his sous-chef.

Looking unimpressed, she said: “Don’t know what to tell you there, pal. I love y’all, that’s why I’m here... But I’m not crying wolf. I mean it very much... I mean it every time I want to leave. I have bad days. Not everyday is sunshine and roses.”

She has one daughter, Maddie, 15, with ex Casey Aldridge. She also shares Ivey Joan, five, with husband Jamie Watson.

After the 2023 lineup was revealed, Spears told ITV that she hoped I’m A Celeb would “be a nice way for people to see the real me”, adding that it was “an opportunity to be myself and do something really cool and have some awesome experiences in the meantime”.

Spears also said “it takes a lot to hurt my feelings” and that “I can take a lot of s***” in the same interview.

“I think my best quality is the fact that it takes a lot to hurt my feelings,” she explained. “Unless you are my children or my immediate family, nothing is going to hurt me. I can take a lot of s***and it doesn’t get me down, so I really think it’s a good quality to have in a place where a lot of stuff is thrown at you!”

Just two days prior to Spears’s exit, Dent, 50, left the jungle camp “on medical grounds” after she was nominated for two consecutive Bushtucker trials.

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