Real reason 'gaunt' Grace Dent 'pulled the plug' on I'm A Celeb
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I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! viewers were left distraught after a letter from departed star Grace Dent was read out to her former campmates.
The news was announced to fans yesterday morning (27 November), and during last night's instalment, her ex campmates finally received an explanation for her departure.
"My heart is broken, I have loved and enjoyed getting to know you all. You've held me up and it's been a pleasure being your friend through this experience.
"Leaving you all at this stage will be one of the saddest things in my life. I love you all. Your friend, Miss Grace Dent."
Grace's exit from the hit ITV series came after viewers took to social media to express concern about her wellbeing.
The ex-MasterChef star appeared alarmingly vacant when show hosts Ant and Dec revealed she'd been chosen to take part in another dreaded Bushtucker Trial, alongside This Morning presenter, Josie Gibson.
"Someone should check Grace's pulse," one viewer penned on X - formerly known as Twitter. "That girl does not look well. #ImACeleb."
"Is Grace ok?? Think she needs checking on she looks so deflated #ImACeleb," another asked.
And just hours after ITV released an official statement regarding Grace's resignation, she was spotted at an airport Down Under catching a flight home to the UK.
According to onlookers, Grace appeared 'gaunt' and 'downcast' as she travelled from Brisbane to Singapore.
Now, a source close to the on-screen star has claimed she is 'hugely relieved' to have left the gruelling Aussie jungle.
According to The Sun, they said: "She pulled the plug because she couldn’t carry on, mentally or physically.
"It has been incredibly difficult for her and it all became too much. The cold and wet weather, coupled with the punishing tasks and lack of food, took its toll.
"She has lost a lot of weight and looks gaunt. Her friends just want her to get home."
The source went on to claim they noticed there was something wrong when Grace was refusing to join in political conversations with controversial co-star Nigel Farage and First Dates frontman Fred Sirieix.
"Grace is incredibly talented and very passionate about politics," they told the publication.
"When she failed to get involved, it was clear she was feeling defeated. It is the first anniversary of her dear dad George’s death in a few weeks, too, so that would have no doubt been playing on her mind."
They went on: "Getting out is the best thing she could have done. I’m A Celebrity is a really tough show and it’s not for everyone."
Tyla has contacted representatives for Grace Dent for comment.
I’m a Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV and ITVX.