Fleur East might have narrowly missed out on the I’m A Celebrity final, but she’s revealed she still come away from the show feeling like a winner.
The singer has told how three weeks in camp helped save her from depression after she hit rock bottom losing her X Factor record contract.
Behind Fleur’s bubbly demeanour and rousing singalongs in Crock Creek, she was hiding a secret heartache.
Speaking after her departure, Fleur said she had moments of crushing lows on the show but chose to hide her tears from her pals by retreating to the privacy of the Bush Telegraph.
She revealed that her lowest moment came when she didn’t get a letter from her family back home.
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Fleur was always on hand to energise her campmates
But she was crushed to not a receive a letter from home
Describing her partner of seven years Marcel Badiane Robin as her rock on the outside, Fleur said she was desperate to hear from him and went to cry in secrecy when she was one of the few campmates not to hear from her loved ones.
"That was really hard but I didn’t want to ruin it for everyone, but after they had all read their letters I was gutted I didn’t mine," she told The Sun.
In October 2017 Fleur parted ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco record label, three years after reaching the shows final.
31-year-old Fleur told how the ‘cut-throat’ music industry chewed her up and spat her back out, leaving her wondering how she’d ever recover.
"I didn’t have the strength to pull myself back up. I was down for a while," she added.
But according to Fleur, singing up to the jungle based reality show gave her a sense of purpose once again.
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Fleur’s record contract came to an end three years after she reached the finals of The X Factor
She said: "I’m A Celebrity came along at the right time and lifted me up. This whole experience in the jungle has made me a lot stronger."
Fleur credits campmate Harry, who was crowned the overall winner of the show, as her lifeline in there.
Speaking of her close bond with Harry, Fleur said she looked at the former football manager in ‘awe.’
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Fleur and Harry shared a very close bond
"He was my biggest supporter in there. Anytime I went to do a challenge he would give me an amazing pep talk. He believed in my so much," she said.
Fleur finished the show in fourth place, but was back on Sunday night to see her ‘jungle dad’ Harry be crowned the overall winner.
The former Tottenham manager saw off competition from Emily Atack, who came second, and John Barrowman who finished third, saying it was "so surreal" to win.
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