The Love Island star, 31, was on Monday’s episode of This Morning, where she detailed the process of finding out she would have to leave the show after getting back test results that said she was dangerously low in iron, potassium and sodium.
She added that she had she stayed in the jungle she would’ve given Matt Hancock ‘a bit of stick’.
Back again: Olivia Attwood has revealed she thought she was pregnant when she was kicked out of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
She said: ‘There’s loads [of rumours] swirling around the internet and I think ‘Olivia Attwood pregnant’ was trending on Twitter – and it’s not that I can assure you – and it’s not that exciting when it boils down to it.
‘I was pulled out on my first day in main camp for routine medical checks – which can be blood pressure, giving blood – so I had my blood taken and the results came back that my iron was low, I was showing that I was anaemic.
‘Potassium was really low, sodium was really low, so basically all the markers you would look for were low so they consulted with a doctor outside of camp and they said I would need to come to A&E basically off the back of those readings, so I was taken to the nearest A&E department, admitted in there where they ran their own checks and their checks came back normal, so…’
She added: ‘Just before leaving the UK I’d had all those checks and everything was normal and the first thing I said to the camp doctor was “is that possible for things to change in such a short time?” and he didn’t really have an answer, but that it was not normal and why we need to see what’s going on…’
Describing the long car journey to hospital, she said: ‘Yeah, it was quite long because everything’s so far away in Australia and I was thinking ‘oh am I pregnant?’ or ‘have I picked up a virus?’ and wondering how things have changed so much, and also I felt well.
‘I didn’t feel ill. I saw things online saying, ‘I bet she fainted’ but there was nothing… I was loving it [in the jungle] as you can see, I was really in my element and I felt healthy so I was even more confused. It was all really strange.’
Olivia then said that after she got the OK from the hospital she was ready and raring to go back to the jungle.
Gutted: The Love Island star, 31, was on Monday’s episode of This Morning, where she detailed the process of finding out she would have to leave the show after getting back test results that said she was dangerously low in iron, potassium and sodium
However, she explained: “I was like ‘shall we go back?’ and I knew there would be Covid tests and things like that but there was a pause in proceedings there, and it was late at night and taking me back into camp doesn’t work logistically so I went to a hotel and basically as I now know the conversations went on all through the night with production obviously desperate to have me back in, but the medical team… I think it’s an insurance thing.
‘Because they had those readings, they had to seek other party opinions and it’s a collective decision. I think they thought the readings might drop that low again and they wouldn’t be covered because it’s already been flagged up.’
Olivia explained how big a fan she was of the show, and said: I’ve been a big fan of the show all my life, and those conversations about joining the jungle happened when I left Love Island the first year, so it’s been like five years in the making…and it was the first time they’ve put someone from the show on there.
‘I think when you come off reality shows, you get a huge opportunity, and I’ve done amazing things, but also, I think you can be put in a box and I was looking forward to showing a different side to myself. I am not a quitter, I am not scared of much, and I was just loving it. I was looking forward to having that exposure to a new audience.’
Grilling: She added that she had she stayed in the jungle she would’ve given Matt Hancock ‘a bit of stick’
Concerned: Describing the long car journey to hospital, she said: ‘It felt like forever, and I thought am I pregnant or do I have a virus?
Olivia told Holly and Phil: ‘I am not a quitter, I am not scared of much, and I was just loving it. I was looking forward to having that exposure to a new audience.’
Many fans at home were disappointed to see Olivia go as they had anticipated some fun interactions between her and Matt.
When asked how she would’ve reacted to him, she said: ‘I think it’s a difficult one. When you’re living in those environments you have to take things carefully, but I probably would’ve done it with humour and given him a bit of stick that he deserves…
‘But a lot of what he did isn’t funny. Like if a loved one died while he was snogging his face off…’
Olivia also ruled out a potential appearance on next year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, saying: ‘It might be more of a logistical thing to make it work…I would love to because yeah, it was cut short. [Tests are still normal] thank God, I’m grateful that I’m healthy, but it makes it harder to accept. But it is what it is, there are worse things happening in the world.’
She added that she was ‘grateful’ to be healthy but was also ‘frustrated’ and ‘gutted’.
Stylish: Olivia showed off her sensational style in a green knitted jumper and white shirt, teamed with a matching patterned mini skirt
Looking good: She added a pair of sheer black tights and knee high boots to the stylish ensemble
Gorgeous: The star sported a glam makeup palette and styled her golden locks in loose waves
Speaking on who she wanted to win the show, she said: ‘I like Jill and Chris made me laugh in there but I know he’s not for everyone.’
She added she was not properly watching at home because ‘it just makes me feel sad’ and give her FOMO – fear of missing out.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Olivia first revealed the real reason she had to leave the jungle.
She says a routine blood test, which all the jungle campmates undergo randomly throughout the show, suddenly and inexplicably disclosed she was dangerously anaemic. It also flagged up worryingly low sodium and potassium levels, which prompted ITV staff to immediately take her to A&E.
All of which came as a complete shock to Olivia who was, she stresses, feeling ‘absolutely fine’.
Explanation: Olivia (pictured) has exclusively revealed to The Mail on Sunday the reasons behind her shock, unexplained exit from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Cut short: One minute Olivia was seen jumping out a helicopter (pictured), the next she was rushed to A&E after a routine blood test showed that the TV star was dangerously anaemic
Loved-up: When Olivia was finally able to use her phone, she called her fiance, Brad Dack, a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers and her parents. Pictured: Olivia with her fiance Brad
‘I was so scared, I was like “what the hell is wrong with me?”,’ she says in her first interview since her exit. ‘They couldn’t give me an answer, they just told me that they had to get me to the hospital immediately.
‘The results were really, really low when they put them into their reader and they consulted with another doctor off site. I had those bloods done in England before I left, and they were fine. I was confused and of course very, very worried.’
ITV staff then took Olivia, a model who first found fame on ITV2’s Love Island, to the hospital, 40 minutes from the camp on what was last Tuesday evening in Australia.
‘It felt like the longest journey ever,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know what to think. I was wondering if I had picked up a virus, was I pregnant, all of these things were going through my head. It was absolutely frightening.’
Then, the tests were repeated in the hospital – and came back normal. Naturally, she assumed the first tests had been faulty and that she’d simply be allowed to return to the jungle and the campmates she was keen to get to know better. ‘But instead I was taken to a hotel to get some sleep while ITV decided what they would do with me,’ she says.
Olivia didn’t think for a minute that she wouldn’t be allowed to go back, but remembers lying in bed, worried and confused as to what was going on. She had a restless night with her fate in ITV’s hands, with bosses locked in meetings as to whether they would let her back in or not. ‘I tried to keep a hold of my emotions but it started to feel like I wasn’t going back, you know when you just get a feeling? It started to dawn on me that I was out for good,’ she admits.
‘But then I was trying to rationalise it, there was nothing wrong with me so why wouldn’t I be able to? I also knew how much the production team wanted me on the show. None of it was making sense. I was waiting for someone to tell me.’
Speaking for the first time since her exit, Olivia said: ‘I was so scared, I was like “what the hell is wrong with me?”,’ she says in her first interview since her exit. ‘They couldn’t give me an answer, they just told me that they had to get me to the hospital immediately.’
Olivia revealed that she was ‘devastated’ and ‘heartbroken’. Leaving felt like a ‘punch to the gut’ after the show’s staff told her she was favourite to win because everyone liked her.
Also in question is whether Olivia will receive her full fee for the show, reportedly between £100,000 to £125,000. ‘We haven’t discussed that yet,’ she says.
Olivia’s fate was sealed when there was a knock on the door of her hotel room and an ITV producer and executive entered to deliver the news that her dream of winning the jungle crown was over.
Iron deficiency anaemia can make someone more at risk of illness or infection, while low mineral levels may indicate underlying health problems. The broadcaster just wasn’t prepared to risk it.
‘They said because of the results the show’s medical team got from my readings, they were not happy to sign me off to come back in, even though I had the clean bill of health from the hospital,’ she says. ‘If I went back into camp, they feared my levels might drop and it could be detrimental to my health and wellbeing. They were not willing to authorise my return and therefore I wasn’t insured.
‘I was absolutely devastated. I’m not a crier but I started to cry, it was so emotional. I was heartbroken and gutted. I tried to keep my emotions in check and keep it in perspective, things could be so much worse.
‘Then the show’s staff told me everyone liked me and I was favourite to win, so that leaving felt like a punch to the gut.
‘Just two days before, I jumped out of a helicopter which I loved. I did a trial which I loved. I was so happy and elated. It was an extreme high to an extreme low. I felt empty.’
Also in question is whether Olivia will receive her full fee for the show, reportedly between £100,000 to £125,000. ‘We haven’t discussed that yet,’ she says.
Since coming third on the 2017 series of Love Island with her ex-boyfriend Chris Hughes, Olivia has become one of ITV’s most important stars as the broadcaster strives to attract young audiences.
ITV quickly signed the pair up for their own reality show, but after they split, Olivia went off on her own and now makes documentaries such as Getting Filthy Rich, which investigates the phenomenon of the OnlyFans website, which allows users to charge for adult content.
But nothing could help bosses overcome the red tape to keep her in the jungle.
‘It was unfixable, because of how my blood tested I wouldn’t have been insured,’ says Olivia. ‘It felt so unfair. This had been five years in the making. I just needed to get home.’
Following the decision, Olivia was chaperoned to the airport by a member of ITV staff, with her exit still shrouded in secrecy from the outside world. While she appreciates ‘there are bigger problems in the world’, she said her journey home was deeply depressing:
Since coming third on the 2017 series of Love Island with her ex-boyfriend Chris Hughes, Olivia has become one of ITV’s most important stars as the broadcaster strives to attract young audiences. Pictured: The ex-couple at the National Television Awards in 2018
Back at home, she was elated to see Brad, who was ‘really gutted’ for her, and her dogs. She says she is currently doing very little apart from getting her sleep back onto UK time. Pictured: Olivia and Brad together
‘I just stared at the ceiling of the aeroplane for hours, it was very sad.’ By the time she was in the air, the rumour mill had gone into overdrive, with fans desperate to know why she left the show. Because of the intense interest she was whisked through Heathrow Airport’s Windsor Suite – the elite lounge usually reserved for royalty and A-listers.
One of her first chores on landing was to have more blood tests, which once again came back fine.
Finally able to use her phone, she called her fiancé, Bradley Dack, a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers and her parents. But she took the decision to delete her social media apps in an attempt to not upset herself further.
She admitted: ‘When I first got my phone back I saw clips of me on the show that showed my little happy face. It made me feel really sad – I didn’t want to see them. I didn’t want to see my entrance interview, it was a reminder of how exciting everything was just before it was taken away.’
Olivia was made aware, however, of how the I’m A Celeb audience was speculating about her exit, much of which, she says, felt misogynistic
Olivia was made aware, however, of how the I’m A Celeb audience was speculating about her exit, much of which, she says, felt misogynistic. ‘I mean, I saw on Twitter that I was pregnant. I’m not,’ she says. ‘There is an underlying misogynistic feel to the rhetoric. They’re saying, ‘I bet she fainted’ or ‘I bet she was scared of sleeping outside’ or that ‘she didn’t fancy it because it was raining’.
‘The reason it was so frustrating is because I am the complete opposite of that – and to make it more irritating, people could see on the show that I was absolutely loving it. There was nothing I would have said no to in the jungle. I loved it from the first hour and I was embracing every moment of it. I’m a nature geek, so I loved seeing all the bugs, and I even saw a kangaroo.’
Any suggestion that her ADHD had forced her to quit was particularly hurtful, she says. If anything, being outside in the rainforest, away from artificial stimuli like caffeine and social media, would have suited her condition.
‘That simplicity is great for ADHD,’ she stresses. As for the Covid bubble theory: ‘If that was the case, they would have just left it a few days and tested me.’
Despite being forced to leave the camp early, Olivia has some happy memories and tells The Mail on Sunday that she made some good friends. On arrival, she dined with former Radio One DJ Chris Moyles before spending a night on an island with him, Boy George and television presenter Scarlette Douglas (L-R)
After being told she had to return home, Olivia was chaperoned to the airport by a member of ITV staff, with her exit still shrouded in secrecy from the outside world. While she appreciates ‘there are bigger problems in the world’, she said her journey home was deeply depressing
Olivia cheers up when she reminisces about her short stint in the jungle. She has some happy memories – albeit a lot fewer than she’d hoped – and made some good friends. After being voted to get VIP treatment when she first arrived, she dined with former Radio One DJ Chris Moyles before spending a night on an island with him, Boy George and television presenter Scarlette Douglas.
‘It was so much fun,’ she says. I was in my element and I really threw myself into jungle life. Boy George was great but then when I went to the main camp I made more friends, I had a really lovely chat with [retired Lioness] Jill Scott about football because I date a player, I did the washing up with Babatunde [Aleshe, the comedian].
‘I also helped Charlene cook – though what you didn’t see on the show was that I managed to drop the food into the fire. I’m sure if I had been there another night she would have told me not to.’
Olivia had no idea the former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was going to appear on the programme until she turned her phone back on at Brisbane Airport on her way home
Back at home, she was elated to see Brad, who was ‘really gutted’ for her, and her dogs. She says she is currently doing very little apart from getting her sleep back onto UK time. She struggles to watch I’m A Celebrity but did tune in to see Matt Hancock controversially enter the jungle, along with comedian Seann Walsh.
She had no idea the former Health Secretary was going to appear on the programme until she turned her phone back on at Brisbane Airport on her way home. Unlike many, she was impressed by his participation and would have been excited to meet him for ‘some bantz’.
Olivia says: ‘People weren’t expecting him to deal with it with humour, which is what he has done. I would have approached it with humour too. Not that any of what he did was funny but banter would have been the least he deserves, I would have enjoyed that.
‘Despite his obvious flaws he can laugh at himself which is always a redeeming quality. That said, he should have to answer questions.
‘It’s funny to see him slimed and gunked but it isn’t funny if you didn’t get to hold someone’s hand when they died while he was snogging someone in his office. NHS workers are protesting to get paid enough money to survive and he is out earning money in the jungle. That doesn’t seem right, does it?’
So who does Olivia think will be crowned king or queen of the jungle? ‘I have a feeling Chris Moyles has a chance, he is very, very funny. Or Babatunde. I like Charlene a lot as well. There isn’t an obvious frontrunner right now but I’m going for one of those three.’
Olivia, pictured with the original I’m A Celeb team, believes that Chris Moyles, Babatunde Aleshe, and Charlene White are the favourites to win