Danny Cipriani pulled of starring from this year’s I’m A Celebrity amid the ongoing breakdown of his two-year marriage.

MailOnline can reveal that the ex-England fly-half was understood to be getting paid a six-figure sum to appear in the Jungle but, just days before the show was due to air, he announced the split from his wife Victoria.

Sources at ITV confirmed in August the rugby star would appear on the show and that bosses at the channel were pulling out the stops to ensure he would do so.

In fact, his name even prompted other contestants to take part.

So it came as a surprise, then, when the 36-year-old was not announced as part of the official line-up for this series.

Falling apart: Danny Cipriani pulled of starring from this year's I'm A Celebrity amid the ongoing breakdown of his two-year marriage

Falling apart: Danny Cipriani pulled of starring from this year’s I’m A Celebrity amid the ongoing breakdown of his two-year marriage

Bad timing: MailOnline can reveal that the ex-England fly-half was understood to be getting paid a six-figure sum to appear in the Jungle but, just days before the show was due to air, he announced the split from his wife Victoria (pictured)

Bad timing: MailOnline can reveal that the ex-England fly-half was understood to be getting paid a six-figure sum to appear in the Jungle but, just days before the show was due to air, he announced the split from his wife Victoria (pictured)

Up until summer, all had been well in the marriage, but in September relations began to crumble after Victoria, 42, had reservations about some lurid content in his autobiography, friends of the couple told MailOnline.

The former England ace, 36, boasted about sleeping with three women a day ‘from porn stars to actresses to girls I meet at the coffee shop’ at a time when ‘threesomes became the norm’.

Since then, the couple have had a series of ‘difficult’ rows over text messages on his phone with Victoria growing ‘increasingly unhappy over the last few months’ and are said to have split four days ago with divorce lawyers being called in.

His relationship problems appear to have scuppered the sportsman’s plans to enter the Jungle who was once hailed by ITV insiders as ‘one of the most exciting signings for this series.’

In August, a source said: ‘He will be the hunk of the lineup and already there is talk of him and shower scenes amongst staff working on the programme.

‘There is also huge anticipation that he will reveal secrets from his showbiz lifestyle, he has been linked to many women over the years, and his scandals are well documented too so there will be lots for him to share.

‘But he has a sense of humour too which will ensure he is both popular amongst his camp mates but also with those watching at home.

‘Danny might have settled down now but he is still wild at heart. There are high hopes that he will make it to the final.’

Split: Up until summer, all had been well in the marriage, but in September relations began to crumble after Victoria, 42, had reservations about some lurid content in his autobiography, friends of the couple told MailOnline

Split: Up until summer, all had been well in the marriage, but in September relations began to crumble after Victoria, 42, had reservations about some lurid content in his autobiography, friends of the couple told MailOnline

Cipriani – who has been linked to the likes of the late Caroline Flack, Lindsay Lohan and television presenter Kirsty Gallacher – was due to receive at least double what This Morning’s Josie Gibson is to be paid for appearing on I’m A Celebrity.

But it appears his ‘wild at heart’ ways have prevented this from happening and resulted in the breakdown of his marriage to the mental health campaigner who became a grandmother in 2020 – shortly before they married.

A friend told MailOnline: ‘Victoria knew dating a high-profile sportsman would mean an unwanted focus on their relationship.

‘However, some of the stories in Danny’s book, especially regarding his sex life with past lovers, were pretty hard to absorb when written down in black and white for everyone to see.’

The source added: ‘The marriage was never the same afterwards.’

Their marriage crumbled when she had to read sordid revelations of the rugby star’s sexual past in his autobiography, friends have claimed.

They called time on their relationship a fortnight ago following a series of ‘difficult’ rows over text messages on his phone, MailOnline exclusively revealed. 

Victoria admitted she had reservations about some of the lurid content in Who Am I?, released in September, in which Danny boasted about sleeping with three women a day ‘from porn stars to actresses to girls I meet at the coffee shop’ at a time when ‘threesomes became the norm’.

On the day the book came out, she questioned: ‘Why didn’t he take out chapters I asked him not to write?’

Now, just two month after the book’s release, their two-and-half year marriage is over, with sources close to Victoria claim his decision to reveal all about his sex life could have contributed to the shock split.

Opening up about her divorce earlier this week, Victoria – who is usually an acutely private person – told her 11,000 Instagram followers it was ‘one of the worst times in my life’.

Who am I? Their marriage crumbled when she had to read sordid revelations of the rugby star's sexual past in his autobiography, friends have claimed

Who am I? Their marriage crumbled when she had to read sordid revelations of the rugby star’s sexual past in his autobiography, friends have claimed

I’m A Celebrity 2023: Meet the campmates

NIGEL FARAGE

NIGEL FARAGE

Claim to fame: Former leader of the UK Independence Party  and leader of the Brexit Party.

Phobias: Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel?: I have been demonised over the years and so it will be nice to show people I am not nasty. 

Role in camp: Lead on starting up plenty of campfire discussions. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp?: A pint in the pub and the news. 

Best & worst attributes: I hope to cheer people up when they are down. Worst? I am impatient and I do snore. 

Dream camper: As a controversial political media figure, I never name names… But I am looking forward to meeting interesting people from all different fields 

DANIELLE HAROLD

DANIELLE HAROLD

Claim to fame: EastEnders actress.

Phobias: Rats. I hate them! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I can be a little ditzy at times but I am definitely not a ‘dumb blonde’. I want to show I can do the trials, challenges and get stuck in. 

Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on, help others if they are feeling low in camp. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Snacking. I am a little muncher and I am going to miss my morning cup of tea, too! 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I will be good if people are really struggling. I am not, however, very good at being bored, nor am I a morning person either. 

Dream camper: Ed Sheeran. If he brings his guitar into camp, he can sing for us.

FRED SIRIEIX

FRED SIRIEIX

Claim to fame: First Dates star.

Phobias: I am scared of everything. I am dying to find out how vile the food will be! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I don’t think there is anything but I am looking forward to learning more about myself during my time in the camp. 

Role in camp: I will definitely muck in with all the jobs. I don’t mind cooking or cleaning the toilets. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My bed. It’s super comfy. I will also miss a cup of coffee in the morning. 

Best & worst attributes: I like to have fun but I do snore and I am impatient! 

Dream camper: It’s going to be nice to meet everyone but I’d love to see Dolly Parton, The Rock or Snoop Dog in there.

NELLA ROSE

NELLA ROSE

Claim to fame: YouTuber and Catfish UK star. 

Phobias: I am fearful of everything! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle? I am a pretty open book. 

Role in camp: Keep the morale and humour high.

 Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My phone… I am always on it! 

Dream camper: Alison Hammond or Adele. 

NICK PICKARD

NICK PICKARD

Claim to fame: Hollyoaks star. 

Phobias: I am a bit scared of the dark. When you go to the House of Horrors at Halloween and things jump out at you, I am not very good when I can’t see! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: It will be nice to go in as me and not as my Hollyoaks character. 

Role in camp: Grafter or chef, I am quite good at cooking. But I’ve never cooked on a fire before. Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp: Football and my creature comforts. 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am a nice person and a good team player. I am not lazy but I do have a few bad habits like picking my nose. My girlfriend has been trying to train me to stop! 

Dream camper: Sir Alex Ferguson or Neil Warnock. 

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS

Claim to fame: Zoey 101 and Sweet Magnolias star.

 Phobias: I am scared of everything.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I think this is a nice chance to show who I really am.

Role in camp: Hopefully I will be the one who can support everyone. 

Aside from family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? A normal bathroom, air conditioning and my bed. 

Best & worst attributes: I think my best quality is it takes a lot to hurt my feelings; but I am impatient and my family would say I get in a bad mood a lot. 

Dream camper: Nicole Kidman, she is my favourite actress in the whole wide world, or Reece Witherspoon.

SAM THOMPSON

SAM THOMPSON

Claim to fame: Made In Chelsea star and radio presenter. 

Phobias: I am not a creepy crawly guy and I hate anyone or anything touching my neck. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: Since the age of 21, I’ve spent my whole life on TV and so I feel whether people have a good or bad opinion of me, it’s probably warranted!

Role in camp: I’m a ‘yes’ man so cooking, cleaning I will do whatever they want me to do. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: I know this sounds lame but gaming. 

Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am the court jester and I don’t take things too seriously, so if anyone is having a bad day I would like to put a smile on their face. Worst? I am quite forgetful and I am bad at focusing on things. 

Dream camper: Stephen Fry. I think I would self-combust if he was going in the jungle! 

JOSIE GIBSON

JOSIE GIBSON

Claim to fame: This Morning presenter.

Phobias: Insects and I freeze every time I see a spider and I am not sure what I am going to do if I am in a trial with them! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I would like people to know I am very clever at knowing useless information! 

Role in camp: Mum. I am very motherly and I also love chatting to people. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Getting up to blow dry my hair and putting a bit of make-up on! 

Best & worst attributes: I am an optimist and I love meeting people from all walks of life. Worst? I can be quite nosey and I am worried about my temper if I am too hungry. 

Dream camper: Dawn French, I love her. 

MARVIN HUMES

MARVIN HUMES

Claim to fame: JLS star.

Phobias: Heights. I have pulled out of a skydive with JLS in the past because I was too scared! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: To show I am not just a member of a boy band. It will be nice for people to learn more about me. 

Role in camp: I’d like to think I will be a shoulder to cry on and a mediator. 

Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: My fantasy football app! I am obsessed with it! Four weeks without music is a long time, too. 

Best & worst attributes: I’ve got three children under the age of ten and you definitely need a lot of patience for that! Worst? Rochelle would probably say I get ‘hangry’ if I don’t have enough food. 

Dream camper: Paddy McGuinness – I’ve done Soccer Aid with him before and I know he’s funny, he gets stuck in and he is hands on.

GRACE DENT

GRACE DENT

Claim to fame: MasterChef star and food critic. 

Phobias: Horrible people. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People think I am quite forthright and scary but I don’t think I am scary! Hopefully people will see this. 

Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on and I am a practical cook so I can help out. 

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My three cats and my make-up bag. I love a bit of glamour. 

Best & worst attributes: I would like to think I am funny! My worst quality is lack of sleep. I like my sleep. 

Dream camper: Queen Camilla. She would be very practical. And Madonna – she could perform tracks from her Greatest Hits tour! 

 

 

Source: | This article originally belongs to thehealthsite.com

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