I’m a Celeb: Sam Thompson cheerful as he lands in Australia
Sam Thompson’s partner Zara McDermott has admitted she feared how he would cope on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! due to the lack of things to do in camp. The 27-year-old said she heard life in the jungle can be “boring” at times, which may not go down well with his personality as he’s used to being occupied.
Zara explained: “I was wondering if he is going to overexert too soon and be too excited. The interesting thing is actually, I know from speaking to people, that it can get quite boring in there.
“But, what you may not know about Sam is, he actually copes quite well with being bored. He’s really good at switching himself off and just chilling out, which I think people wouldn’t expect to know.” The Love Island star went on to liken him to a “speaker system” who is “excited at full volume”, but then “crashes” at zero.
“He’s like 100 to zero, but, he’s never been with me and been like painstakingly bored, so what is he going to resort to for entertainment? I don’t know,” she continued. Zara also joked that Sam could “drive everyone insane” but could also “be a great source of entertainment”.
“Obviously I am manifesting that he does really well, I want him get to the final,” she added on the Saving Grace podcast. Despite Zara’s worries, Sam currently stands at one of the favourites to win after warming to the nation with his antics.
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Boredom also seemingly hasn’t been a problem for Sam, who has kept himself entertained with singing, dancing and winding up his camp bestie Tony Bellew.
According to Betway spokesman Chad Yeomans, there’s been a surge in support for Sam in the closing week of this year’s series. Current odds place him at 1-2 for the win, which means he has a 67 per cent chance of victory.
Sam’s nearest rivals to the jungle crown are former heavyweight boxer Tony (3/1) and politician Nigel Farage (5/1).
During a recent episode, Sam opened up about his late ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) diagnosis and how it had affected him.
Speaking to campmates Josie Gibson and Marvin Humes, the former Made In Chelsea star said: “If I had known as a kid, not much would have changed, but how you feel about yourself probably changes.
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“I remember crying into my textbooks, I was like I can’t understand the words that are going into my head.” The 31-year-old went on to say he isn’t “ashamed” about having it, but felt as though he’d have been “better about myself at school” if he knew about it earlier.
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects around 2.6million people in the UK. Symptoms can include having a short attention span, constantly fidgeting and acting without thinking.
Speaking on This Morning on Thursday, Zara revealed how she believes Sam would have been coping with certain scenarios in camp.
During the chat, Rylan Clark brought up the moment Fred Sirieix told Sam to “calm down” during dinner duties.
He said: “I don’t want to speak for Sam but I watched that and thought, you know he has ADHD. Is saying ‘calm down’ like asking a coiled spring not to pop? Telling him to ‘concentrate, concentrate’ – just let him get on with it.”
Zara replied: “I think the lovely thing about Sam is that he is able to not take things too personally. He was able to not be offended by that. I do think in that situation it is important to bring him back down to earth but in the right way.
“All those voices would have over-whelmed him quite a lot.” Emma said: “I wanted to say to the others ‘just let him do his thing’.”
Zara added she had seen him “come a long way in his personal growth” and that seeing him open up about his ADHD had made his loved ones “proud”.
“It’s such a difficult thing to talk openly about. It’s self confusion too. But we’ve seen in the jungle that some beautiful things come attached to ADHD too.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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