‘My heart is broken’: Grace Dent feels she has ‘let campmates down’ as stars left teary over her I’m A Celeb exit

28 November 2023, 06:40

Grace Dent revealed her 'heartbreak' to campmates after quitting the show.
Grace Dent revealed her 'heartbreak' to campmates after quitting the show. Picture: ITV/Shutterstock/Alamy

By Jenny Medlicott

Campmates were left teary on Monday evening after a statement from Grace Dent revealed her heartbreak about having to leave the show.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Fans had been voicing their concern for the food critic, 50, after she started to look "unwell".

The show confirmed on Monday that Grace would not be returning to the camp due to medical reasons.

In a farewell message to her campmates, read out by Nick Pickard, Grace said: “My dear campmates, I'm so sorry to let you down. I have left the camp for medical reasons.

“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 had clearly been struggling in the jungle, where meals are scarce and dependent on trials being completed.

Her campmates were left emotional as the letter was read out before they chimed together: “We love you Grace!”

Read more: Nigel Farage lists three Brexit benefits during heated I'm A Celebrity clash with Fred Sirieix

Read more: I'm A Celeb star Grace Dent quits show days after fans say she looked 'scarily unwell'

Fans had expressed concern for Grace after appearing to deteriorate on the show.
Fans had expressed concern for Grace after appearing to deteriorate on the show. Picture: ITV/Shutterstock

Marvin soon after replied that Grace had not “let us down”.

While Nella Rose added: “She's like my pillar of strength. My little fairy godmother. As long as she's happy I'm happy.”

The group later toasted to their former campmate as they tucked into the meal Josie and Danielle won in their trial.

Grace had spent seven days in camp before she exited on medical grounds.

She was flown back to the UK hours after leaving the show.

“Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike,” ITV said in a statement on Sunday.

The star had reportedly ‘lost all her energy’ in the camp as she was set to participate in another Bushtucker trial.

A source close to Grace told the MailOnline: “Grace decided to leave the jungle soon after it was announced that she would be doing the latest Bushtucker Trial.

“Knowing that she would be facing another tough challenge was the straw that broke the camel's back.”

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Police have recruited the diver who helped assist the search for Nicola Bulley.

Cops recruit Nicola Bulley 'expert' diver to assist in search for two-year-old boy Xielo Maruziva who fell into River Soar

Hungarian parliament

Hungary’s parliament votes to ratify Sweden’s application to join Nato

St. Vincent Grenada Hijacked Yacht

Hijackers threw elderly couple overboard after capturing yacht, police say

Fawziyah Javed (l) and Kashif Anwar (r)

The woman who caught her own killer: Pregnant lawyer's last words helped jail murderer who pushed her off cliff

Three Just Stop Oil protesters have been found guilty of aggressive trespass after disrupting a Wimbledon tennis match

Three Just Stop Oil protesters found guilty of aggravated trespass after disrupting Wimbledon tennis matches

Father Felice Palamara was presiding over Mass in the small town of Cessaniti, Calabria, in the southern region of Italy when he noticed an acrid smell coming from the wine

Priest handed poisoned chalice after mafia hitman spikes holy communion wine with bleach

Passengers told 'do not travel' amid train delays and cancellations after 'major signalling fault' strikes the South East

Chaos on the trains: Rush-hour passengers face severe delays after landslip grinds services to a halt

WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Global economy weighed down by war, uncertainty and instability, says WTO chief

Donald Trump and his lawyers

Trump to appeal against £350m judgment made against him in fraud lawsuit

Damaged buildings seen after Russian forces completed their takeover of Avdiivka

Ukrainian troops pull back again amid Russia’s onslaught in east of country

Tunisian Imam Mahjoub Mahjoubi speaks at his home in the town of Soliman, February 23

Imam deported from France after labelling tricolore flag 'satanic' despite living in the country for 40 years

Cat killer Scarlet Blake, 26, has been jailed for life.

Trans killer who had 'obsession with death' jailed for life for murdering stranger as he walked home from night out

Lord Jacob Rothschild

Financier and banking dynasty member Lord Jacob Rothschild dies aged 87

Gerard Depardieu

French actor Gerard Depardieu faces another sexual assault complaint

A Lebanese army vehicle blocks a road leading to a warehouse which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes

Israel’s air force attacks Hezbollah targets ‘deep inside Lebanon’

George Harrison with Pattie Boyd (l) and Eric Clapton (r)

Inside rock's greatest love triangle: Model Pattie Boyd lifts lid on leaving George Harrison for Eric Clapton