My Celebrity Life

Strictly’s Tess Daly reveals Vernon Kay had been ‘on mission to beef up’ since March ahead of I’m A Celebrity

Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter Tess Daly has opened up about her husband Vernon Kay’s fitness regime, recalling how he vowed to ‘get fit’ in March ahead of his appearance on I’m A Celebrity 2020.

During last night’s Strictly final, Tess announced that comedian Bill Bailey and his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse had won the competition, marking Oti’s second victory on the show in a row.

Just over two weeks ago, Tess’ husband Vernon was in a different reality TV final, placing third in the Wales-based series of I’m A Celeb behind runner-up Jordan North and Queen of the Castle Giovanna Fletcher.

Throughout the three-week series, several I’m A Celeb fans couldn’t help but compliment Vernon, 46, on his impressive physique, which they caught glimpses of when he and his fellow campmates headed to the medieval bathroom in Gwrych Castle for a wash.

Tess, 51, said that she could ‘see it in his face that he was losing weight’ in camp, stating that she ‘freaked about him not eating’ enough during his time in the castle.

‘I heard they were on 700 calories a day, but Vern usually does about 5,000,’ she said. ‘Ever since the first lockdown he’s been on a mission to beef up and get fit and he went in there bigger than he’s ever been.’

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Vernon and Jordan have a wash in the Gwrych Castle bathroom (Picture: ITV/REX)

Speaking to The Sun, Tess explained that when her husband takes up new hobbies, he commits to them fully – one of his most recent pastimes being his desire to improve his fitness.

‘It’s hilarious, he’s been working out a lot since March and when Vernon gets into things – he has his passions and obsessions, whether it’s golf, American football, triathlons and now working out – he goes for it,’ she said.

‘And he looks good!’ Tess added. ‘He’s in good shape. The best shape.’

Tess and Vernon have been married for 17 years, having tied the knot in 2003 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Horwich, near Bolton.

The couple have two children together, 16-year-old Phoebe and 11-year-old Amber.

Tess recently admitted that she cried watching Vernon living in tough conditions on I’m A Celeb.

They were separated for five weeks in total, as Vernon had to isolate for two weeks before entering Gwrych Castle to reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus.

When they were finally reunited after the show ended, Tess shared a selfie of them on Instagram, writing: ‘It’s so good to have him home.’

This year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, while the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity is available on ITV Player.


Credit: Original article published here.

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