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I’m A Celebrity 2021: Winner Danny Miller ‘couldn’t afford’ to quit as he admits he ‘did want to leave at some points’

Danny is the very first King of the Castle (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV)

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 winner Danny Miller has admitted that he ‘couldn’t afford’ to quit the show even if he wanted to – although he did consider it on a few occasions.

On Sunday evening, the former Emmerdale star was crowned the first ever King of the Castle, with Simon Gregson finishing as the runner-up and Frankie Bridge in third place.

The actor had an emotional time on the series, frequently breaking down in tears and missing his loved ones, following the birth of his newborn son just a few weeks ago.

When the series came to an end, Danny opened up about how his motivation for competing was to help provide the financial foundation for his baby Albert’s future.

In a new interview, the 30-year-old opened up further on his finances and how much more difficult I’m A Celeb was than he had initially realised.

‘There were a lot of things thrown at us and there were a lot of people saying they wanted to quit. They hadn’t signed up for this experience. The Clink was hard. I don’t think I realised how hard it was when I signed up,’ he told The Mirror.

Danny explained how he did the show for his son, who he shares with fiancée Steph Jones (Picture: ITV)

‘But there’s no point in me lying. The truth is that I wouldn’t have been able to afford to walk away from it. I think it was a mental challenge for me. Everyone in there had their own mental battles, and people in there including me have got their own mental health issues and stuff.’

Danny, who wanted to show his personality to fans after playing Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale since 2008, emphasised that he wanted to ‘finish the journey’ no matter what.

The final trio (Picture: Kieron McCarron/ITV)

‘And as much as I probably did want to leave at some points, it was never an option, because A, I couldn’t afford to do it, and B, I didn’t want to do it,’ he said.

‘I wanted to finish the journey. I signed up to a show and I wanted to finish the contract. I wanted to finish the show. I wanted to do everything I could to represent myself and my family as best I could.’

While in the castle, Danny became particularly close to former footballer David Ginola.

Describing David as a ‘childhood hero’, the actor confessed he developed a ‘man crush’ on his camp mate, recalling how he tried – and failed – to get a cuddle in bed.

I’m A Celebrity is available to watch on ITV Hub.


Credit: Original article published here.

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