After Harry Redknapp was declared the winner of I’m A Celebrity 2018, a fellow Jungle King has revealed how he made his way to the final – by sensationally cheating.
Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff appeared on the Australian version of the show back in 2015.
Freddie was a huge hit with viewers and proved victorious in the final, but he’s now admitted it wasn’t without the aid of some underhand tactics.
Coming clean on BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy, Freddie revealed how he lied to producers about being a smoker so he could have some time away from camp – which proved very beneficial.
Freddie Flintoff admits he cheated his way to the top
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He said: "In England you see them smoking all the time.
"In Australia they don’t let you smoke on TV so I said ‘I’m a smoker’, which I’m not by any stretch.
"They asked me how many I wanted a day so I said five knowing I’d have to do it off screen.
"I’d walk out the gate and there’d be a chair with a cigarette that I didn’t have, I just sat and had some peace to myself, not filmed and in nobody’s hearing."
The white lie allowed Freddie to access fresh water while on his ‘cigarette break.’
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He had access to a private water fountain
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He revealed: "I also then noticed there’s a medical hut 50 yards away. You don’t get water, if you want water you boil it and I’m thinking it’s a hassle.
"So in the medical hut was a water tub, a water fountain.
"So I picked all the putty out the window and took it out then filled my bottle five times a day.
“I was more hydrated than I’d ever been in my life. [My wee] was crystal clear.
“After a few days, I was thinking, ‘they must think I’m a camel’. Nobody’s seen me drink.”
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Freddie Flintoff on I’m a celebrity
Freddie also told that he fibbed about his phobias to try and make the Bushtucker Trials easier for himself.
"You fill a form in about what you don’t like. It’s out there that I don’t like the dark, so I thought I’d be truthful about that.
"Another one I put was frogs because I don’t mind frogs.
"I did this challenge and they dumped a load of frogs on my head…"