Jordan North threatened to quit I’m A Celebrity after secret backstage meltdown

I’m a celebrity runner-up Jordan North revealed he threatened to quit the show after suffering a panic attack backstage.

The Radio 1 DJ said he was only able to deal with the situation after speaking to host Declan Donnelly.

Jordan narrowly missed her victory on the ITV show as Giovanna Fletcher was crowned the very first Queen of the Castle.

During his time on the program, Jordan was forced to face his fears on several occasions and was incredibly shaken by the experience.

One particularly difficult challenge saw him stretch out in an underground container full of snakes as he chanted the name of his “happy place.”

Jordan North threatened to quit the show after suffering a backstage panic attack
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And while fans may have found his reaction funny, Jordan said behind the scenes that he was desperate to leave Gwrych Castle.

Speaking to The Sun, he said, “I haven’t told anyone about it, I just had a complete collapse. And I know what people mean now out of sheer panic.

“I got off the set, I delayed it a lot. I don’t think any of this has been shown.

Jordan was terrified during the snake trial
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He explained that Dec had helped him out of the panic attack
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“I just said, ‘I can’t do this. And I’m not going to do that. And in fact, I’m going to go. I don’t need to do that ”. And I almost said, not only will I not go to trial.

“I wasn’t going to go to trial. If this is the first try, and I thought there was no way I could get through this. I almost walked.

Jordan went on to explain that he had never had a panic attack before but believed that was what he was suffering from.

Jordan said that Shane’s presence had helped him
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The DJ said there were tears and he was having trouble breathing.

Explaining that Dec had told him to breathe and the panic was starting to go away.

Due to the rules of Covid-19, Ant and Dec had to stay two meters from each other at all times, but Jordan said he thought they wanted to put an arm around his shoulders.

Jordan also said he wasn’t faking it, wondering how anyone could pretend to be sick.

He said, “I heard a few people say he was playing up? Was he pretending? I mean, how can you pretend you’re sick? Me, and if you see me in Viper’s, I was physically shaking in advance. You could see me sweating. I was so scared. ”

* I’m A Celebrity is available to watch on ITV Player

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