The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity star Jake Quickenden stopped by ITV’s This Morning earlier today to talk about his time in the jungle.
Talking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden, Jake was quick to defend accusations that his jungle campmate Jimmy Bullard was a bully. “I really do think that [the public got the wrong end of the stick] because that’s what me and Jim were like. We just took the mick out of each other the whole time and he’s obviously grown up playing football and in the changing rooms you have to because if you don’t, you get targeted, and I’ve been raised with football and stuff like that as well…”
He added, “I think if he hadn’t of put his arm around me when I first went in… and we were always singing together, and he was alway complementing, and I was saying some pretty harsh things to him and messing around as well and it was fine. I think I said ‘it’s lucky we’re not on the outside because I would have beat you up or something!’… and two seconds after that we were dressed as super heroes running around like idiots, so he’s not a bully at all. Obviously it just come across a bit worse than what it was.”
Whilst in the jungle Jake lost a stone in weight and confessed that he’s done nothing but eat since he came out of the show.
He discussed his experience on the show explaining, “I was just getting my head around just getting out of X Factor and then I was on a plane to Oz thinking ‘what a touch I’ve had!’ and thinking ‘this is awesome’…I couldn’t believe my luck!”
Jake did admit to being worried about meeting the other celebs, “I was worried that everyone would think I was someone from the crew bringing them some water or something! But Jimmy put his arm straight round me and Mel saying they loved me off the X Factor… so straight away that put me at ease.”
Watch the full interview at www.itv.com/thismorning/showbiz/jake-quickenden-im-a-celeb-x-factor