Claire Richards: I'm A Celeb rejected me for being 'too thin'
30 April 2019 - 11:00 AM

Claire Richards: I'm A Celeb rejected me for being 'too thin'

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Claire Richards claims she was once rejected for "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" because bosses wanted her "to be fat".

The 41-year-old pop star - who has publicly opened up about her weight battle, and slimmed down from a size 20 to 10 since having her two children Charlie, 11 and Daisy, eight - alleges she wasn't wanted on the show when they realised she wasn't as big as they expected her to be.

Speaking on the "Official Charts: Take The Hit" podcast, Claire said: "I went for a meeting [with "I'm A Celebrity"] once, a long, long time ago.

"But it was a time when I'd just lost quite a lot of weight but they didn't realise that I had.

"They wanted me to be fat apparently, that was the excuse I got back, that I was too thin."

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However, ITV have hit back at the allegation and claim their show - which follows a group of celebrities living together in an Australian jungle camp without their home comforts - does not discriminate on potential campmates on the basis of the "shape or size".

An ITV spokeswoman said: ""I'm A Celebrity" would never cast campmates based on their shape or size - all celebrities are assessed for their suitability to life in the jungle."

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But the "One For Sorrow" hitmaker admits she is "glad" she didn't go onto the show because she "wouldn't last two seconds" in the challenging jungle conditions.

She said: "I'm glad, because I watch it on TV now and I love it but I know I wouldn't last two seconds."

The "Tragedy" singer has appeared in a number of other TV competitions and reality shows, finishing fourth place in "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2013.

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