Queen of the jungle Jill Scott says she can’t wait to marry her fiancée and admits it was “difficult” being apart from her longtime love at the I’m A Celeb camp.
The former lioness, 35, admitted the biggest challenge was spending a month without contact with her friend Shelly Unitt and says it would not have been possible to survive the Australian camp without her unwavering support.
Following England’s Euro 2022 triumph and I’m A Celeb win, Jill says her “next plan is to get married” and following the couple’s engagement in 2020, it’s about time they “plan something “.
Looking ahead: Queen of the jungle Jill Scott says she can’t wait to marry her fiancé and admits being apart from her longtime love at the I’m A Celeb camp has been ‘difficult’ .
In her first interview since winning the Jungle title, Jill said: “We got engaged two years ago and Covid hit us so I think we need to plan something. It will be nice.
“We have to sit down and just catch up on the last five weeks and what happened but obviously getting engaged the next plan is to get married.
“I’ve always valued our relationship 100 per cent – to be able to play football and be away for two weeks a month is so hard on the person you’re with and the sacrifices they make and need to know I had Shelly’s support from day one otherwise I wouldn’t have made it so we’re a good team.
“I’m excited to see what happens in the future, but I don’t think there will be a jungle wedding!”
Reunited: The former lioness, 35, admitted the toughest challenge was going through a month without contact with her friend Shelly Unitt (pictured left) and says the survival of the Australian camp would not be possible without her unwavering support been
After spending 16 years traveling the world with the England women’s soccer team, Jill thought she would be well prepared to miss Shelly and her loved ones as she struggled to survive at the I’m A Celeb camp.
But the sports star, who defeated Owen Warner and Matt Hancock in the final, underestimated how difficult it would be to connect them without the use of technology and says she took solace in knowing when Shelly had landed in Australia to to support them.
She said: “It was really difficult. Me and Shelly have been talking about it, usually in a tournament you’re gone for two and a half months sometimes, but you can FaceTime, you can text, as long as I know Shelly is fine, your family is fine, your friends are fine though not knowing that was really difficult.
“You needed to focus on what you’re doing and I took solace in that – certain dates were happening so I knew when Shelly was going to leave and I knew she was with the other families so of course it was difficult being away from loved ones but getting out and seeing how proud everyone is makes it all worth it.’
Tie the knot! Following England’s Euro 2022 triumph and I’m A Celeb win, Jill says her “next plan is to get married” and pursue the couple’s engagement in 2020
Jill retired from football in August aged 35 after the last of her 170 caps came in the Euro 2022 final.
She was immediately hired by ITV bosses to star in I’m A Celeb, which was returning to its native Australia for the first time in two years.
After living life in the moment and following her mantra “step by step, day by day, mile by mile” tattooed on her wrist, Jill admits she doesn’t exactly have a career plan right now.
But she’s aiming to present coverage of next year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia, giving her the perfect opportunity to return Down Under.
When asked if she sees herself as ITV’s new figurehead, Jill said: “I haven’t really thought about it. I am so in the moment.
to be wives! In her first interview since winning the Jungle title, Jill said: “We got engaged two years ago and Covid hit us so I think we need to plan something. It will be nice
“As I went into the jungle, I was like, ‘Should I have asked more questions,’ I thought in my head, ‘November, I’m going to the jungle, and then I was like, ‘Do I have a plan for December?'” No .
“I feel like a lot of people are retiring, Alex Scott for example says she had this media plan about what she was going to do, but I’m just not like that.
“I’m like everyday being the best version of yourself and I always think tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so if you can do that then hopefully something will happen.
“Of course next year is the Women’s World Cup… could there be an opportunity to present something? I definitely wouldn’t turn that down, especially since it’s also in Australia again, but hopefully I wouldn’t have to live in the jungle!
She was disappointed to miss the men’s World Cup matches that kicked off in Qatar this month and admitted it broke her heart every time she knew they were playing.
Winner! Jill defeated politician Matt Hancock and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner (pictured right) in Sunday night’s ITV final, watched by 11.5million viewers
But she tried to stay connected to the game in every way she could, including three games of Sweet Caroline as a luxury item and bonding with fellow finalist Owen Warner via her dream starting lineup.
Jill said: “I don’t think I would have been to Qatar but I would have seen every game.
“I’ve seen mine and Owen’s spirits just drop every game day. We were desperate to figure out the score.
“We spent so much time talking about who we were going to play against in our starting XI. I’ve had three games from Sweet Caroline so on the days that England were playing we tried to maintain those connections as much as possible.”
Working life: Jill and her fiancee Shelly run a cafe in Manchester called Boxx2Boxx, named after the footballer’s position on the pitch as a box-to-box midfielder
Jill and her fiancee Shelly run a cafe in Manchester called Boxx2Boxx, named after the footballer’s position on the pitch as a box-to-box midfielder.
Though she’s spent the past three weeks enduring bushtucker trials, surviving on rations and sticking to camp chores, the low-key star says it won’t be long before they’re back to their café duties becomes.
She added: “As soon as the Euro was over I went in because I want to thank everyone for the support.
“We have customers who have been so loyal to us and have kept the store going, especially through Covid, so 100 per cent. Just like the Euros, I will not change who I am.”
In fact, she’s perhaps the most humble winner in I’m A Celeb history and says she’ll be celebrating her win on Monday night with pizza, a glass of wine and meeting her co-stars.
She said: “I just want a margarita pizza, have a drink, relax, I don’t want a lot of alcohol, I’m not a big drinker so I thought when I did the challenge with Mike Tindall it wasn’t going so well, me am not a big drinker and he is obviously a rugby guy.
‘As long as I can have two reds with my camp mates and catch up with them properly and catch up with Shelly… I’m really looking forward to it.’
Camp 2022! In fact, she’s perhaps the most humble winner in I’m A Celeb history and says she’ll be celebrating her win on Monday night with pizza, a glass of wine and meeting her co-stars
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