HE'S HOT!

Kris Smith gets steamy in the African jun­gle

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

No­body, I don’t be­lieve, has ever got an insight into who I am

T he South African jun­gle got a whole lot steamier this week, as hunky Kris Smith ar­rived to join the cast of reality show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! The 38-year-old ar­rived on Mon­day night along­side for­mer model Tzi­po­rah Malkah (pre­vi­ously known as Kate Fis­cher) — a day after the 10 other celebri­ties.

And it wasn’t long be­fore the cam­era caught the 99kg beef­cake with his shirt off, which in turn caught the eye of some of the fe­male con­tes­tants, par­tic­u­larly My Kitchen Rules star Ash Pol­lard.

“It was like the uni­verse was lis­ten­ing to me, and sud­denly in comes a sin­gle hot­tie with de­cent arms,” she said.

Model Te­gan Martin, how­ever, was more in­ter­ested in an­other part of his anatomy.

“He might have an ele­phant donger,” she ob­served, shock­ing some of the other con­tes­tants. “My par­ents watch this show,” said Pol­lard as she walked away from the con­ver­sa­tion.

Smith — who has been linked to sev­eral mod­els in re­cent months after break­ing up with long-term girl­friend, model Maddy King last year — is used to turn­ing women’s heads.

Re­garded as one of the na­tion’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors, he is orig­i­nally from the UK but moved to Aus­tralia with now ex-part­ner Dan­nii Minogue, with whom he has a sixyear-old son named Ethan.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously played pro­fes­sional rugby back home, he has carved a ca­reer for him­self as a male model and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and is an am­bas­sador for Myer.

But he hopes to make a deeper im­pact with this show.

“I’m just a kid from a hous­ing es­tate in Manch­ester who took a few lucky breaks and just jumped at every chance he’s been given and I just want to fi­nally show peo­ple that,” he told BW Mag­a­zine be­fore en­ter­ing the jun­gle.

“This (I’m A Celebrity) gives me an op­por­tu­nity to now show­case who I re­ally am.

“No­body, I don’t be­lieve, has ever got an insight into who I am and what I’m about. Peo­ple say they thought I’m go­ing to be up my own arse, full of my­self, and I’m far from that.”

Smith is hop­ing to drop a few ki­los in South Africa on the basic diet of beans and rice. “It will fall off in no time,” he says. “I got pretty lean just be­fore and after Christ­mas. Com­ing here, I thought I could do this one of two ways: I can keep my body fat down low where it was and just lose mus­cle mass or I can let the mal­nu­tri­tion at­tack the fat cells first then hope­fully keep a lit­tle bit of mus­cle mass and gain it back when I get home. So I went for the lat­ter and, boy, was it en­joy­able.”

Fit­ness is Smith’s pas­sion and he is half­way through a per­sonal trainer course.

“I was a lit­tle fatty boomba (as a kid),” he says. “I want to help peo­ple who get stuck in a rut or don’t know what they’re do­ing or don’t have any idea where to start.

“For some peo­ple it is an em­bar­rass­ment; they don’t want to start be­cause they’ve let them­selves go so much and for other peo­ple, they just don’t know what to do...

“I’ve been there my­self, so obviously the more peo­ple I can help with that the bet­ter I will feel.”

I’m A Celebrity... is son Ethan’s favourite show, which is what ul­ti­mately made Smith sign up for the chal­lenge. He and the other celebri­ties will live off basic sup­plies for up to six weeks as they com­pete in var­i­ous chal­lenges, with the aim of win­ning $100,000 for their cho­sen char­ity.

For Smith, that is White Rib­bon Aus­tralia, which aims to pre­vent vi­o­lence against women.

“I am go­ing to try and last six weeks eat­ing god knows what they throw at you, do­ing all kinds of chal­lenges and for an in­cred­i­ble char­ity,” he says. “I’m grad­u­ally grow­ing an un­der­stand­ing of who I am and how I act and my per­son­al­ity. It took me a while to find it out but I think this could be per­fect for me.”

Jonathon Mo­ran is in South Africa cour­tesy of Chan­nel 10

Kris Smith re­lax­ing at a lodge near the Kruger Na­tional Park be­fore I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! be­gan. Pic­ture: Nigel Wright

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