Zara Tindall's 'biggest worry' about Mike Tindall in the jungle has been revealed as the former rugby player becomes the first royal to participate in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
- Mike Tindall has revealed one of his wife's main concerns when it comes to him entering the jungle.
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"Zara gets it and supports it – with both our careers, she goes away competing for weeks at a time and I always went on tours for 3-4 weeks in the summer. So our relationship has always been built to deal with that and we're good at compartmentalizing and finding ways to deal with it," said Mike in an interview with The Mirror.
Mike Tindall spoke about his wife's support for his upcoming stint on the ITV show, and the main thing she is concerned about. "Zara told me to go and be myself, which is all you can be. She said to go enjoy yourself and be yourself.
Zara's biggest worry is how loud I am when I eat," he said. "She will be very happy if someone comments about how loud I breathe when I eat because it's always a point that she brings up. When your nose has been mangled as much as mine has it is just a byproduct."
In the interview, the former rugby player explained that although his family will miss him, they are familiar with Australia - which makes things easier. "Obviously, it's difficult but the saving grace is going to a country that we know very well, and Zara understands and gets it and that makes it a lot easier," said Mike.
He then explained that he met his wife in the country nearly two decades ago, "We did meet in Australia – it would've been, now you're testing my knowledge of what the dates should be. We would have met for the first time in November 2003."
Speaking about whether his three children will miss him, Mike said, "With the kids it'll be the case of they'd be in bed before the show goes out on a normal evening, so it'll be down to Z to get them the highlights – only the good stuff probably"
He then added, "It's one of those things with the kids I've had a couple of phone calls while I've been here. They say they're going to miss you when you leave but when you ring them, they're like hi dad, bye. Then they are off doing whatever they do." He then said, "I expected there to be more tears than there actually are."
He then spoke about whether any of his family members will be coming to Australia to support him. "We're not entirely sure yet, we haven't fully made that decision and it's probably how deep into the show we go, and we have some work out here so if it got to the end then hopefully, she'd be able to come out and get some vitamin D in you," said Mike.
When asked what he expected from the show, Mike admitted he wasn't certain. "What I expect from it I'm not entirely sure but hopefully if we have a good bunch of people in camp it'll be fun, Hask (James Haskell) said he had quite a bit of fun with it so I’m looking forward to it."
Mike then said that he thought it would be a fun experience. "It's an experience for me more than anything else. It's always good to ask questions about yourself even if you don't have fears." He added confidently, "You can bury me in a s*** load of spiders and maggots and suddenly I might panic. Unfortunately, it might develop a fear in me, I don't know."
"I think I am just using it mainly as an experience, a once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience to have a go at," said Mike.
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