Kris Smith gets steamy in the African jungle
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