Emily Atack reveals body insecurities and ‘nasty, dark wave of online abuse’

Emily Atack

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Emily Atack has revealed she felt insecure about going make-up free in the jungle

Emily Atack has spoken candidly about her insecurities and how she felt before entering I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2018.

"Before the show I was thinking of ways to try and get my body and skin prepared to go make-up free", the actress told Stylist magazine.

She added, "The Jungle stripped me of any self-consciousness.

"It completely changed how I look at myself. Now I think, if you want to hire me, this is what I look like. It’s up to you."

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I'm A Celebrity 2014: The WORST Bushtucker Trials EVER!

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Dean Gaffney (2006)

Ex-EastEnder Dean Gaffney showed off his impressive ability to yelp like an injured animal in his 2006 trial. To be fair to the man, he did have cockroaches poured on his head, put his hands in a box of biting ants and retrieve a star from a pool of baby crocodiles.

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Gino D’Acampo (2009)

"I think I've got to eat some kind of weird stuff," commented Gino when he was told he was going to do a Bushtucker Bonanza. Yep, we guess that a fermented egg, a rhino beetle, cockroach, wittchedy grub, mealworms, beach worms and crocodile tongue might be considered 'weird'.

Jennie Bond (2004)3 of 8

Jennie Bond (2004)

Alone, wet, cold and covered with rats. Not a situation we'd like to get in any time soon, but former Royal correspondent Jennie Bond managed to last a whole 10 minutes locked in a water and rat filled coffin by humming an upbeat tune. We salute you, Ms. Bond.

Joey Essex (2013)4 of 8

Joey Essex (2013)

Locked in a cold, dark, slimy tomb, we'd be freaking out if we were Joey in his 2013 task. But the TOWIE star powered through and managed to find all twelve hidden stars without uttering a single scream, only stopping to moan 'This is definitely, 100% not reem,' and to comment that the rodents were biting his 'middle parts'.

Mark Wright and Freddie Starr (2011)5 of 8

Mark Wright and Freddie Starr (2011)

TOWIE's Mark and hamster-eating comedian Freddie were an oddly matched pair for the 'Greasy Spoon Café' culinary battle, but the resulting Bushtucker trial has to be one of our faves. The couple was challenged to dine on a spoiled egg, blended cockroaches, mealworms and mouse tails, turkey testicles, a camel's toe and a pigs anus.

Martina Navratilova (2008)6 of 8

Martina Navratilova (2008)

Tennis pro Martina impressed us all when she shared a plastic bubble helmet with a variety of jungle critters, including grasshoppers, cockroaches, stick insects, spiders and snakes. While we shuddered and hid behind our hands, Martina took it like a champ.

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Matt Willis (2006)

Poor Matt Willis proved he's no wimp when he munched his way to victory in his Bushtucker Bonanza challenge of 2006. The McBusted star dined out on live mealworms, witchetty grubs, a kangaroo anus and a crocodile penis. Mr Willis managed the whole lot without a single retch, commenting after 'I've got kangaroo anus in my teeth. It's a really good look.'

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Kim Woodburn (2009)

Kim was submerged in a tank under water, while thousands of cockroaches and other critters were poured on her. As much as we did feel for clean freak Kim, her screeches of "Something's nipping my bosoms" and "It's bitten my bum!" made this trial a timeless classic.

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But despite feeling confident once she arrived in Australia, Emily admitted that she received a backlash from trolls following her jungle stint.

She said, "There is a more nasty, more dark wave of online abuse that does bring you down and you do start to think – god, am I really that bad?"

Emily also offered advice to fans.

She warned, "Remember that so many of the pictures on Instagram are Photoshopped and slimmed down to hell."


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The I’m a Celebrity runner up’s recent debut comedy gig ended in chaos with reports of people with machetes outside.

The star had made her first foray into the world of stand-up comedy at Birmingham’s The Old Rep theatre post I'm a Celeb stardom, which had gone down a storm with the audience.

But drama struck after the curtain call when guests were prevented from leaving the venue after reports that people with machetes had congregated outside the theatre, and told to stay inside while police dealt with the disturbance.

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