Tess Daly wept every time husband Vernon Kay welled up on I'm A Celeb

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 December 2020
Tess Daly and Vernon Kay

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay

Tess Daly has recalled how she would cry every time her husband Vernon Kay got teary on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'

Tess Daly cried every time her husband Vernon Kay "welled up" during his stint on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'.

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-host – who has daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, with the 46-year-old television presenter – admitted she felt like she was "going through" the whole experience with her spouse, who came third on the ITV reality show, which was filmed at a castle in Wales and saw Giovanna Fletcher crowned Queen Of The Castle.

Tess also revealed that because Vernon is 6ft4 he had to sleep on the floor for the entire two and a half weeks as he couldn't fit comfortably in the beds they provided.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "Every time he welled up on the TV, I would find myself welling up because I felt like I was going through it with him.

"I mean I was fed and never cold — but he slept on the floor for two and a half weeks, which the edit didn't show, because he didn't fit in the beds.

"Then when he did a little message to me in the telegraph in the final, I was like, 'Oh god' — I had to leave the room quickly so the teenager couldn't see me cry."

The 'Family Fortunes' host recently admitted the show left him “emotionally drained”.

Vernon found his time at Gwrych Castle, North Wales to be incredibly tough to deal with emotionally as he recalled crying all the way through.

He confessed: “I still cry at ‘Forrest Gump’, so I expected to cry while I was on ‘I’m A Celebrity’. I even cried in the interview I did at the start of the series.

“And when you’re in there, you are emotionally drained because you are missing your family. I felt comfortable with that group of people that I could cry. I didn’t think about trying to stop myself from getting emotional.

“You are physically drained, too. We were eating nothing but rice and beans most of the time. I lost two-and-a-half stone – that’s weight I didn’t really have to lose.”

And when Vernon was feeling down, he always turned to campmate and winner Giovanna, whom he hailed an “amazing lady”.

He added: “Giovanna is an amazing lady. When you talk to her about anything emotional or anything personal, she sits and listens.

“She lets you talk through your emotions to her and when she knows you’re finished, she’ll come back with a comment. She could do a show like Oprah Winfrey.”

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