Emily Atack admits her life "was going nowhere" before her stint on "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!".
The 29-year-old actress has confessed that her experience in the Australian jungle has transformed her fortunes, helping her to recover from a painful love split.
She said: "I was going nowhere. I had to take the reins of my life again."
Since leaving the jungle, Emily has been involved in a wide range of projects, including TV presenting and designing a fashion range.
The blonde beauty also admitted she's "found someone rather wonderful" in the shape of her new boyfriend, film producer Rob Jowers.
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, Emily shared: "He insists that he didn't know who I was when he saw me.
"We just chatted and we've been together pretty much every day ever since."
Emily also confessed that her increased levels of self-confidence have transformed her approach to romance.
She added: "Love's a f***ing nightmare in your 20s.
"It's made me ill in the past, because I wear my heart on my sleeve and I fall very hard and fast. I've always associated love with pain."
Meanwhile, Emily previously admitted to going home with a mystery guy after attending the Brit Awards in February.
The actress revealed she left her underwear at the guy's house after the annual awards bash in London.
She said: "I went home with a bloke - shock. I woke up, had no idea where I was.
"I s*****d him until about 10am. I left my knickers there. I'll be seeing them on eBay."