Russell Watson reveals hardest part of being on I'm A Celebrity

Russell Watson lost 20lbs in just two weeks when he went on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' as he noted that the "starvation" element of the show was the most difficult thing about taking part.

Russell Watson 

Russell Watson lost 20lbs in just two weeks when he went on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!'

The 56-year-old tenor competed in the 2020 edition of the ITV1 reality survival show - which was filmed ina castle in Wales instead of the usual Australian jungle due to travel restrictions put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic - and admitted that he "loved" his time there although the "starvation" led to him losing a stone and a half.

He told OK! Magazine: "I look back on my time in the castle with a great deal of affection, I really did love it. There were elements of it that I didn’t enjoy, but even with the trials that I did, I still enjoyed it. I had a great time. Most mornings, I would wake up and use my fingers to make a little face in the ice on the windows so I could see out – it was that cold.

"By far, the most difficult aspect of the show is the starvation. I lost 20lb in just over two weeks – that’s a lot of weight. All you can think about when you’re hungry is food. It can make you feel quite grumpy and quite tired.

"I’m 6ft plus and a big lad, so I take a bit of fuelling up – 600 calories is lunch for me, not a day. That’s what I’d have in my sandwich. The food there is vile, that part really wasn’t nice."

The 'Someone Like You' singer - who has daughters Rebcca and Helen with first wife Helen but is now married to Louise Harris - has enjoyed massive success in the world of opera but amid his life on a farm in Cheshire feels as if he is "10 different people" at once.

He said: "I feel like 10 different people. There’s the dad – I’m a father to two girls and even though they are grown up they’re still very reliant on me; the bank of dad, dad’s taxis, agony uncle dad. Then there’s the professional dog walker, professional fence fixer, professional gardener… Honestly, I can do it all!"



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