Paul Gascoigne's close call
- Bang Showbiz
- 4 May 2021
Paul Gascoigne has revealed he nearly fell out of a helicopter during his stint on 'L'Isola dei Famosi' because the door flung itself open and he wasn't wearing a seatbelt
Paul Gascoigne nearly fell out of a helicopter during his stint on 'L'Isola dei Famosi'.
The footballer needed to be flown out to have his shoulder looked at after injuring it on the Italian version of 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here' but he nearly needed much more treatment as the helicopter door flung open during the flight, and he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.
He said: "I'm scared of flying at the best of times and always say a little prayer before take off. But I was chatting to the pilot as we were taking off so I must have forgotten my seat belt. We are over the sea when he pulls to the right and the door flies open and I lurch towards it. I've never been so frightened. My career and family flashed in front of my eyes – but I managed to hold on and slide the door closed. I told the pilot what happened and we just exchanged glances as if to say, 'F****** hell, that was close'. I thought if I fell out into the sea I might survive the drop but I was scared there might be sharks. I could see the headlines. Fat bloke who was good at football falls out of a helicopter and is eaten by a shark."
And Paul – who had to quit the show due to injury – recalled the day he left, when he had helped his campmates win a spaghetti and meatball meal, only to not be able to eat it himself.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he added: "I managed to whack it back in as it’s happened a few times but the medics said I had to go to hospital. So we jumped in the helicopter and took off. I remember looking down at the campmates all tucking into spaghetti and meatballs and thinking, ‘You b*******, I helped win that. I'm starving hungry and I'm not going to get anything.'"