Ex-Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo says I'm a Celeb stars will have a 'dreadful time' in 'miserable' Wales
GEORGIA Toffolo has given her verdict on this year's I'm a Celebrity admitting that the campmates are in for a tough ride.
The former Queen of the Jungle, 26, is delighted that I’m a Celeb will be returning this autumn but says that the contestants are going to have a "dreadful time" in the "miserable" Welsh countryside.
"I think it’s going to be dreadful for them to be completely honest because [in Australia] at least it was kind of humid and we could look up at the rainforest and be grateful to be in an amazing place," Toff exclusively tells The Sun Online.
“I’m not sure Wales would be up my street but how exciting, I just love television and how the producers have bended to make this work, fair play to them."
The ITV show will be like no other this year after swapping the jungle in Australia for freezing north Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ITV show will start on Sunday, November 15th despite England's month-long lockdown.
"I just feel really sorry for the cast this year, it’s going to be incredibly different," she added.
"I just can’t wait to see what animals they’re going to torture them with."
She joked: “I think it will be a lot worse, I think it will be miserable. For us, we couldn’t believe we were in Australia but when you’re in the countryside at that time of year, not sure I would have traded my place in Australia for it but hats off to them for signing up to it.
"I just can’t wait to see Ant and Dec in the countryside in Wales, it will be brilliant.”
As well as tuning into I'm A Celeb, Toff said she's also glued to Strictly Come Dancing watching her Chelsea pal Jamie Laing.
“I hope and I pray that he wins it because Jamie Laing was born to win that show," she said.
"He’s got to win. I’ve seen him dance all the time; he’s going to smash it.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am they have let him do this again because it was really sad what happened last year and I am rooting for him so much.”
Jamie was left devastated last year when he was forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing due to a foot injury.
Toff won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2017 and embarked on a non-stop year of showbiz commitments as Queen of the JUngle.
Toff admits she was physically and emotionally exhausted after the show and has now taken a step away from the limelight to focus on her writing.
“When I left the jungle, it was incredibly overwhelming and I was going in so many different directions," she said.
“Arriving back to my flat and there being 10 photographers sat outside, of course it was weird," she continued.
"But at the same time my life changed.
"I can’t put it into words how amazing my life has been since and can you have a gift like that without having a few drawbacks? Probably no, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.”
Toff quit Made In Chelsea in 2018 to protect her mental health but she has not ruled out a return.
She said: “I really wanted to go back and do another one because it was such a platform for me but it was just getting impossible to give my whole life over to the producers and reality shows only work if you give everything and all of your time – it was an amazing time.”
Toff has spent the last year away from the limelight focusing on writing her first fictional Mills and Boon romance novel called Meet Me In London – which she previously revealed she was obsessed with as a teenager.
She said: “I’m dying for everyone to read it. I think for me the one message that shone through was the importance of female friendships and the bond that can carry you through lots of different situations."
The heroine in her book Victoria Scott has ambitions of owning her own boutique but her life is turned upside down when she meets Oliver Russell, a dashing millionaire and owner of a big business.
Without giving too much away, Toff beams: “It’s just a really special and enchanting romance book. For those in need of a bit of escapism – I think it will bring someone so much joy.
“It was really important for me that the first one was set in London. The book is set in Chelsea, after my stint on Made in Chelsea it was really exciting for me to put the magic side into the area.”
Despite being a romance novelist, the reality star has kept tight lipped about her own love life with millionaire aristocrat George Cottrell, AKA “Posh George”.
George is a former senior advisor to Nigel Farage and deputy treasurer for UKIP, who spent eight months in an American prison for wire fraud.
Toff and George, 26, reportedly met last March at a social event, but neither have confirmed or denied their relationship, despite pictures aplenty suggesting they are together.
Perhaps her reluctance to open up is also rooted in awkwardness over George’s controversial past compared to her other clean cut high-profile boyfriends.
Toff has previously dated MIC co-stars James Taylor, James Middleton and Richard Dinan, plus Chelsy Davy’s ex, jeweller Charles Goode.
Despite feeling happier than ever, Toff revealed that she would spend hours crying over heartbreaks in the past.
“There have been times where I have been really upset when a relationship has finished," she said,
“I remember saying to my mum ‘you don’t understand how I’m feeling, it’s never going to go away.'"
- Toff's sparkling new bestselling romance Meet Me In London is now available to buy from all good bookshops.
Book you read? The Authenticity Project: A Novel by Clare Pooley
Box set you binged on? The Duchess
Movie you watched? Yesterday (2019 film)
First crush? Hugh Grant
Best date? Went to the cinema to see a Bond movie aged 14
Worst date? Richard Dinan on MIC took me to watch particles collide on a big screen
Top three fashion tips? A crisp white shirt, a good pair of winter boots and a staple pair of pearls and cardigan
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