I’m a Celeb viewers have slammed Rebekah Vardy for the comments that she has made about Iain Lee, an anxiety sufferer, on last night’s Extra Camp.
After being kicked off the show, the WAG spoke to Joe Swash and said that she could now really reveal what she thought about the radio host, who admitted on the show to his campmates that he had suicidal thoughts due to suffering from depression in the past.
“Honestly, he’s just fake,” she said when asked, “what is it about Iain that annoyed you?”
When Joe then pushed her on what is fake about him she replied: “I spent a lot of time with Iain and I was so careful about what I said and what I didn’t say on the VT but now I am out, I will let it all out.
“He’s got a game plan and I hate people who pretend to be something they are not.”
The wife of Jamie Vardy added: “He’s going in there to win. He wanted to play the sympathy card and he’s very much isolating himself from the rest of the camp and then when the cameras on he’s all limelight.”
During the show, when the campmates were sat around chatting, Rebekah and Jamie Lomas had also been talking about that they thought Iain was playing a game, as alluded to by Rebekah later on.
Speaking to Iain by the fire, Rebekah told him: “Look at you, you secret game planner…buzzing that you are not going out tomorrow, you’ve got a game plan you have.”
But Iain insisted: “Oh shut the front door, I’ve got an extra day that’s all.”
Jamie chipped in, adding: “You are definitely playing a game.”
While Rebekah said: “Watch this one, not only does he nick strawberries but he’s also got a game plan.”
Jamie then remarked: “Yeah he was itching to go yesterday and now he’s the happiest man on earth. Come on don’t tell me you are not playing a game, I was on to you three days ago.”
Later on, Iain shared his concerns with Amir over their washing up: “That strawberry stuff had better be funny for the hassle that I am getting.”
Given that he was a late addition to the camp, viewers at home have criticised Rebekah and some of the other men for ostracizing Iain.
When Amir tried to insist that the rest of the camp knew that it was him, Iain insisted: “They don’t believe you, you spoke to Dennis and straight after Dennis said ‘Amir spoke to me but I know it was all you.”
And later, speaking to fellow campmate and comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Iain revealed: “I am in a really s****y mood, I can’t wait to get out of here, I cannot wait to get out of this country and leave all this bull**it behind. They are all blowing smoke up Amir’s ass and he’s pi**ing himself laughing about it and I’m telling him that they all think it was me. I hate it.”
He added: “Don’t worry about it because we thought Iain did it so eat as much as you want mate because we’ll make that **** suffer by giving him evils and not talking to him very much.”
Viewers are especially taking exception to what Rebekah has said and how she has treated Iain given that he had opened up about his mental health issues.
They accused some of the campmates of “bullying” Iain after they blamed him for the now infamous Strawberry-Gate, even though Amir Khan was the one who instigated the situation, and that they haven’t made him feel part of the “gang”.
One called her a “nasty sour-faced bully” while another said they were “seething” over her behaviour.
Why are Becky and Jamie bullying Iain? I hate them ?#ImACeleb
— alicia (@aliciaRG_) 2 December 2017
Why they bullying Iain?? Wtfff leave him fucking alone #ImACeleb
— TyraMalik (@Tyramalik1234) 2 December 2017
Don’t like Iain but a do feel sorry for him :(:( #ImACeleb
— Emily (@emilynorton_) 2 December 2017
I don’t like this bullying of Iain. The guy suffers from depression. They’re a bunch of dicks. Becky game-played her way into marriage for pity’s sake! #ImACeleb
— Lisa Woodford (@LeceWoody) 2 December 2017
One person took to Twitter and said: One fan tweeted: “Leave Iain alone #ImACeleb.”
While another commented: “Don’t like Iain but a do feel sorry for him :(:( #ImACeleb.”
A third remarked: “I can’t say I like Iain but bullying is not ok! Even if he has a ‘game plan’ it’s a game show! Exclusion is a particularly nasty type of bullying! You’ll only talk yourself out and keep him in there. Brits don’t like a bully.”
“I’m sorry, but this is bullying. It’s unacceptable. Poor Iain! I guess I feel sorry for him as I went through the same in school! #imaceleb ,” another commented.
Another person said: “Why are Becky and Jamie bullying Iain? I hate them #ImACeleb”
And another said: “Why they bullying Iain?? Wtfff leave him f***ing alone #ImACeleb”
Many people have said that the former campmate’s views and behaviour have made her an unsuitable ambassador for the mental health charity Young Minds, and have called on the charity to have a serious re-think about who they want to be their ambassador.
Rebekah, who was the third contestant to be voted off of I’m A Celebrity, told Ant and Dec that her time in the jungle has made her “more tolerant”, but it seems as though that new-found tolerance has not extended to Iain.
However, she has now backtracked and has stated that she felt as though she was being put “under pressure” by Extra Camp Joe Swash to bad mouth her former campmate.
She said: “I was under pressure when I made that comment about him being an utter fake.
“Do you know what? Me and Iain had some really great conversations and I gave him a lot of pep talks.”
Talking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain via a live feed from Australia, she added: “In all honesty there isn’t anyone I didn’t get on with contrary to what everyone said.
“There was no dramas, there was no aggravations we all got on really well which I think the public didn’t like.”
And after Iain Lee and Amir Khan’s parts in Strawberry-Gate, Rebekah insisted that she does not hold a grudge against Iain.
“We thought it was a stitch up none of us believed it had happened,” she said.
“What’s done is done let it go.”