Owen Warner has revealed the tough times he went through in the I’m A Celeb jungle and admitted he was wrong when he thought he would “blow through” the challenge.
The 23-year-old Hollyoaks actor, who finished second to Lioness Jill Scott, 35, in Sunday’s final, told MailOnline he was confident about going on the show because he hoped his high level of fitness would support his time at camp would.
But after becoming increasingly homesick and having low points from not eating properly, which Owen struggled with most of his roommates, he quickly realized the jungle wasn’t an easy task.
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When asked about his toughest moment at camp, Owen replied, “What? It was incredible in there, but it was very, very, hard.
“I went into it with the mentality that I could do it. I thought, I’m an athletic guy, I can handle the challenges, I haven’t thought about the food that much, and I haven’t thought about the fact that the family aspect is missing.
“I live in Liverpool and my family is in Leicester so I thought this is easy, I’ll go two weeks without going home, I’ll be able to survive that.
Tough times: But after experiencing homesickness and low points from not eating properly, which Owen struggled with most of his housemates, he quickly realized the jungle wasn’t an easy task. Pictured with Scarlette Douglas
“But I facetime my mom daily, so you don’t realize how fortunate we are to be able to talk to people constantly, to be able to eat whenever you feel like it, to take our time, if we’re bored here, I can go elsewhere.” go and have fun.
“You’re told you have to stay in one place, you can only eat a certain amount, and you can’t talk to anyone but the people around you like it’s affecting you.”
Owen was able to rationalize his feelings after realizing he wasn’t alone as he overheard a conversation between Culture Club star Boy George, 61, and comedian Babatunde Aléshé, 36, who admitted to feel the same way.
He continued, “If you’re in a low place and not sharing that with people and not telling people how you feel so they can help you, you could end up in a bit of a pit, and I almost did.” did.
Struggles: In addition to suffering from a lack of food, the actor also suffered from separation anxiety after spending most of his life without speaking to his mother Polly (pictured)
“It wasn’t until I heard Baba say to George he felt like that, I was like mate, me too, I felt like that too, and that’s when I really learned that, I saw right, The fact that he had spoken to George helped me.
“I hadn’t even spoken out about how I was feeling, but the fact that I knew he was going through it too was instantly uplifting and was like the right tone – I’m not alone, this moment alone, that’s what got me.” learned a lot.’
In addition to the lack of food, which Owen has since made up for by eating spaghetti bolognese, pizza and chicken nuggets and fries, the actor suffered from separation anxiety after spending most of his life without speaking to his mother.
And he’s determined that history will never repeat itself, and swears he’ll never take his eyes off Mother Polly again.
He said: “It was absolutely horrible, I will never let that happen again, I don’t want to let even an hour go by, right now I’m like mum isn’t here? Where is she?
“Like the whole jungle, I’ve been talking to everyone about my mother so much, just constantly, I’ve been talking about her more than food, and that’s saying something.
“It was absolutely horrible, I will never let that happen again, I don’t want to let even an hour go by, I’m just thinking mum’s not here? Where is she?’ he said
“We are so close and the fact that I didn’t have her with me like I used to tell her everything and if something happens I try to take my mind off her, I would do something funny to take my mind off the fact that I miss her and I’d be like, oh I have to tell Mum that and I feel like I can’t.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a situation where you can’t communicate with someone you love for a long time and when that was taken away from me, it was so hard and it took away a big part of my.” life, and yes, I will never let that happen again.’
Before starring in I’m A Celeb this year, Owen was known for both his love life and his acting career.
He enjoyed affairs with Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry, fellow Hollyoaks Stephanie Davis and Apprentice contestant Camilla Ainsworth.
But now he claims being in the jungle kept him from dating “for a long time” as his only future interests are family and food.
Single and unwilling to mingle: But now he claims being in the jungle has kept him from dating “for a long time” with his only future interests being family and food
‘He’s the bomb’: Getting back into the dating game, Owen will take the advice of his roommate Baba after the two intense, non-aired conversations about relationships
He said: “The only girl I think about is my mother. I haven’t spoken to her properly in five weeks and I have to catch up on all this, all the time, my thoughts are with my mother and that’s it.
“I didn’t really think about it, look, since I’ve been gone, food and family are the two things that have come to my mind and I think they’ll be remembered for a very long time.”
Getting back into the dating game, Owen, who said he grew from boy to man in the jungle, will take the advice of his roommate Baba after the two in-depth conversations they shared that weren’t broadcast about relationships.
Owen said: “Baba is a blast for relationship advice, honestly from the way he talks about his wife Leonie I know they have a beautiful relationship.
“I listened to him talk about Leonie and I was right that I need to soak up everything this geezer has to offer. He was so respectful of her, the way he talked about her, I was right, that’s the kind of attitude I could learn a lot from.
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