I'm A Celebrity stars are using hand signals to communicate to their families - but have you spotted them?

Giovanna Fletcher and Shane Richie are both in on the act - but will it land them in trouble?

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ITV show I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here has been cheering us up while in lockdown - but among the scary trials have you noticed the celebs secret hand signals to their families?

The show, which only started on Sunday, has kept us entertained with multiple gruesome trials, mainly by the very nervous Jordan, and it's also given us a chance to get to know the celebrities more.

However, have you noticed that both Giovanna Fletcher, who is married to McFly star Tom Fletcher and former EastEnders actor Shane Richie have been using hand signals to communicate to their families?

While in the camp, or the Welsh castle, the celebrities are banned from communicating with anyone outside, taking away their mobile phones and any other forms of communication. 

But some of the celebrities cleverly came up with secret signals before they even left home, to show their families that they were okay and thinking about them. Which we think is adorable.

Shane Richie's wife gave his secret signal away the other day when she posted a picture of her actor husband in the camp with two of his fingers over his mouth and another two shielding his eyes. 

Via his Instagram account, she posted the picture with the message: "Shane’s special signal to the children, telling them he loves them."

Shane, who is married to Christie Goddard, has five children - Jake, Shane Junior, Romani-Syke Angel Shelley, Lolita Bell, and Mackenzie Blue.

While Shane isn't alone in the hand signals, Giovanna has also been seen signaling to her three children Buzz, six, Buddy, four, and Max, two.

The author's funny signal includes holding her thumb to her nose and wiggling her other fingers.  However, husband Tom Fletcher may have given the game away when he appeared on This Morning and said: "When she did that on her nose that's her little signal for the kids."

He went on to post a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post two days ago which showed both Giovanna and one of her sons doing the same signal, with Tom posting: "Pure coincidence..."

We love the sneaky ways that the celebs have been signaling to their families - and we hope the producers don't penalise them for it.

Sarah Finley

Sarah is a freelance journalist - writing about the royals and celebrities for Woman & Home, fitness and beauty for the Evening Standard and how the world of work has changed due to the pandemic for the BBC. 


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