I'm a Celebrity's Grace Dent breaks silence after show exit

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I'm a Celebrity's Grace Dent addresses exitITV

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! campmate Grace Dent has broken her silence after leaving the jungle on medical grounds this week.

In an Instagram statement posted today (November 30), the restaurant critic and MasterChef UK regular reflected on a surprising personal journey while living with the likes of Fred Sirieix, Jamie Lynn Spears, Nigel Farage and Danielle Harold.

"Dear friends. Thank you for the outpouring of love I've received since I was removed on Monday. I am overwhelmingly sad right now, but determined to keep alive in my heart the huge personal breakthroughs I made over the weeks," it began.

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"I spent 15 days without a phone or any contact with loved ones, living much of the time outdoors in a rain forest in very wet weather. It gave me a short, sharp glimpse into the pain some folk worldwide endure. Normal life, forever, will always feel beautiful.

"Until now, I had no idea I could find a mental space where I could calmly climb down the side of a sky scraper and then slide out on a pole, unlocking stars, as the cars below on the street felt the size of ants," Dent continued.

"I had no idea it was possible to be shown an American football helmet and be informed I was shortly to be locked in at the neck and filled to the eyebrows with cockroaches, and for me to think 'OK this is doable, the trick is to breathe'.

"For as long as I live, I shall never forget the cockroach that entered my ear canal and the sound of its little feet creeping closer down to my brain. It took us two goes to lure him out. Sat on the grass behind the 'Scarena' he finally washed up."

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Further along, the contestant wrote of how the jungle drew out an unexpected fortitude from her – quickly becoming "blasé about sleeping with hungry rats, noisy toads, moths and Huntsman spiders" as well as building fires and carrying logs uphill.

Signing off, Dent then told her 186,ooo followers: "I hope I gave you all a smile. I didn't go out as I planned or I wanted, but I did what I could, and I did it in a siren red gel manicure without chipping a nail.

"My plan is to recover... and when the adrenaline finally ebbs away, to make some serious plans for dinner. Three courses, extra potatoes, definitely pudding. I think I deserve it. I love you all and miss my jungle crew. Miss Grace Dent xxx."

I'm a Celebrity… airs on ITV1 and ITVX.

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