ITV I’m A Celeb star flew to jungle ‘smashed’ before going cold turkey from drink and drugs

West End star Darren Day, who appeared in the very first series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, has revealed that he went “cold turkey” from alcohol and drugs while in the jungle.

Reflecting on his time in the jungle, Darren, 55, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday, 20 November, where he opened up about his battles with drug and alcohol addiction.

Speaking to hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, Darren said: “I’ve never said this publicly before, but I went cold turkey from drink and drugs in front of the whole country on I’m A Celebrity…”

And sharing that he was drunk when he flew out to Australia, he continued: “I was smashed when I got on the plane.”

Darren Day has opened up his battle with drug and alcohol addiction
Darren Day has opened up his battle with drug and alcohol addiction

Discussing his exit from the jungle, Darren said: “I was in the jungle for two weeks and I went straight back into active addiction.”

And while Darren did eventually become sober, he revealed that he relapsed during the first Covid-19 lockdown, and was given just six months to live.

He then shared that it was singer Robbie Williams, who has faced his own battle with addiction, who saved his life and got him into rehab.

The GMB Twitter account shared a video of Darren’s interview on X, formerly Twitter, with fans sharing their support for the actor.

Darren candidly discussed his addictions on GMB
Darren candidly discussed his addictions on GMB

One commenter wrote: “Wishing Darren all the love in the world. That’s a massive weight of his shoulders speaking so openly about his struggles this morning, sending you lots of love Darren.”

“Fair play Darren Day. Another step to recovery. Opening up on TV was very courageous and truthful” added another.

And a third penned: “Let’s all show @DarrenDOfficial love, encouragement and congratulations! Showing that you are resilient and you have been on a path to recovery and it has been a true journey and your story will be the start of everyone else’s recovery story #sobreityjourney #kudosdarren”

Darren previously opened up about his 2020 drug relapse that was sparked after he was left “s******” himself after liquidating his company, receiving no furlough and discovering he was not entitled to Universal Credit during lockdown.

Darren appeared on the very first series of I'm A Celebrity
Darren appeared on the very first series of I’m A Celebrity

Speaking to The Sun, Darren explained: “I barricaded myself in the bathroom for seven days. I didn’t eat at all. I didn’t change my clothes for a week. I didn’t sleep.

“It was last May and I was so stressed, I hadn’t earned since February 2020 and I was four days away from rehearsals for Footloose when all the theatres closed.”

It was during this time that he decided he had to get sober for good, explaining: “I thought about my kids and I thought about Sophie. I just thought they deserve better. And, maybe, for the first time I thought that I deserve better and I’ve never felt that before.”

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