Harry Redknapp has revealed his secret dark fear for his wife Sandra Redknapp, in an emotional chat with his I’m A Celebrity campmates.
The former England football manager opened up to Fleur East and Sair Khan about how much he loves his wife, having married her more than 50 years ago after they met in an East End boozer.
In a poignant moment on last night’s I’m A Celebrity episode, 71-year-old Harry admitted that he would die of a broken heart if she went first.
"When you get older… with Sandra, I do love her too much, and if anything happened it would just kill me," he said softly.
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"We just get on so well. I only want to be with her."
As Fleur and Sair got teary-eyed, Harry went on: "Saturday nights we would go out, have something to eat, I could never wait to see her, we’re great friends.
"If I’m out, I ring her about 10 times a day. It’s crazy."
Harry joked that his son Jamie Redknapp always tells him he’s "won the lottery" with his long-lasting marriage.
"She’s my life, you know? I get scared," he added.
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The Cockney geezer has had Sandra on his mind for most of his time in the jungle, telling campmate John Barrowman earlier this week the adorable story of how they met.
He first set eyes on Sandra at the Two Puddings in London’s East End , but didn’t think he’d stand a chance with the beautiful woman.
"Me and my mate Macca, he was a goal keeper for West Ham, saw these two lovely girls and I said to Macca, ‘shall we have a dance with those two?’" he told John.
"Macca is a good-looking geezer and I look back on it now and think Sandra must have seen us both coming over and thought ‘I hope I ain’t got him’ and she went for me. Fifty-four years later we’re still going strong.
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"And Macca ended up as an undertaker, so really Sandra had the better deal in the long term."
Harry also told of his discomfort at being away from his wife in an interview with the Mirror shortly before he was dropped into the jungle.
"That’s the biggest problem I have got. We do everything together. I have been with Sandra for 54 years and I hate being away from her," he sweetly admitted.
Harry’s fears almost came true in 2016 when he accidentally ran over his wife during a shopping trip.
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He was terrified by the freak accident that left her with a broken ankle
"It was just a freak accident you know, Sandra went across the road and unfortunately she had gone behind the car to cross over the road and as I went to drive off I caught her," he told BBC News at the time.
"I drove over her ankle basically, if the full weight of the car had gone over the ankle, god knows what would have happened to her ankle and her foot.
"She had an operation last night, went well. So we’re okay."
Despite the serious accident, Harry insists they’ve never argued in more than five decades of marriage.
"We’ve never had a row. Ever. After all these years, we’ve never had a minute’s problem between us. And that’s true," he said.
"That’s not bulls**t. If I get the hump, she’ll just say, ‘look at you Harry, look at you, just calm down’ and I do."
*I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV
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