Scar­lett: “The jun­gle needs Ch­eryl”

Scar­lett Mof­fatt chats to Closer about be­ing the new pre­sen­ter of I’m A Celeb!’s Ex­tra Camp and tak­ing on the trolls over her weight

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In Scar­lett Mof­fatt’s world, I there’s no slow­ing down. Just weeks af­ter the Oc­to­ber re­lease of her sec­ond book Me Life Story, Sofa So Good, she’s re­turned to Aus­tralia – a year af­ter she was crowned Queen of the Jun­gle, a life-chang­ing ti­tle she’s more than happy to hand over.

Scar­lett, 27, says, “I’m so ex­cited! And I’m hop­ing [the win­ner] is a girl – girl power all the way. I’m hop­ing they get as much luck as I have. This time last year I was still in my 9-5 job, so this is just bizarre.

GE­ORDIE POWER

“An­other Ge­ordie win­ning would be amaz­ing. How many more girl Ge­ordies can we pull out of the bag? Get them all in, get Ch­eryl in­volved. I don’t know who’s go­ing in; they don’t tell us any­thing… I want to be like Katie Price and go back in. Even though I had such a good ex­pe­ri­ence, there would be dif­fer­ent peo­ple so you’d learn new things about your­self. Ant [Mcpartlin] and Dec’s [Don­nelly] ad­vice to me was, ‘Be your­self’ and I’m like, ‘Well, if they think I’m all right, then that’s OK be­cause they know what they’re talk­ing about.’”

Since quit­ting Gog­gle­box last year – the show that cat­a­pulted her to fame – Scar­lett landed the cov­eted job of host­ing the re­make of Street­mate, and now she’s the new face of ITV2’S Ex­tra Camp, along­side (fel­low 2016 fi­nal­ist) comic Joel Dom­mett, and I’m A Celeb! vet­eran Joe Swash.

She says, “I feel ‘good ner­vous.’ For me, it’s like full cir­cle, be­cause I went from watch­ing it as an avid fan from the age of 11 with my mam and dad, and then peo­ple watch­ing me and now this. I’m ex­cited to ac­tu­ally see Aus­tralia. Last year we could’ve been any­where, I didn’t even set foot on a beach.”

For her three-week stint Down Un­der, Scar­lett is pack­ing plenty of fake tan, and has even had ve­neers spe­cially fit­ted.

She says, “When I was 11, I smashed my teeth in a bike ac­ci­dent. I love smil­ing but I’ve never felt prop­erly con­fi­dent. When I had plas­tic ones put in for a week I ate peanut but­ter and they stuck to­gether!”

While she’s a reg­u­lar on the celebrity cir­cuit, the TV pre­sen­ter still pinches her­self about meet­ing her idols.

She says, “I re­mem­ber feel­ing so em­bar­rassed af­ter I first met Ant and Dec. I was like, ‘What can I say that’s re­ally cool?’ That all went out of the win­dow be­cause as soon as I saw them I was like, ‘Wonky Don­key [a game on their ’90s show, SM:TV] was the high­light of my life when I was a kid!’ And then after­wards it was like, ‘OMG, I can never re­live that mo­ment…’”

But, along with the up­side of fame, Scar­lett’s had to deal with her share of body bul­lies. Since re­veal­ing a dra­matic 3st weight loss this Jan­uary – drop­ping from a size 18 to an 8 – Scar­lett’s grad­u­ally re­gained some of her lost curves. Trolls were quick to judge her fuller fig­ure, with one writ­ing, “I see she’s ditched her diet again”. While an­other wrote, “When you lose weight too fast it comes back with a vengeance.”

DAT­ING AGAIN

Speak­ing to Closer re­cently, Scar­lett ad­mit­ted she’s learned to ig­nore the trolls: “Bul­lies are like sand­pa­per – the more they wear you down, the more pol­ished you end up be­com­ing… It’s taught me to never make any­one feel how those bul­lies made me feel.”

In her new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, she re­veals she slimmed down for health rea­sons and to in­spire other women, say­ing, “I’m not su­per­hu­man; I’m just the av­er­age north­ern lass who likes a chip-shop din­ner and doesn’t par­tic­u­larly like yoga and cross-train­ing.”

Mean­while, we won­der if a newlysin­gle Scar­lett – she split from hair­dresser boyfriend Luke Crod­den, 28, last month – will be look­ing for love Down Un­der?

She tells Closer, “It feels weird but ex­cit­ing. I don’t mind whether the next per­son I date is a celebrity or some­one nor­mal – as long as they’re a nice per­son. I’m not re­ally fussy at all.” ● I’m A Celeb! starts Sun 19 Nov, 9pm, ITV Ex­tra Camp starts at, 10.45pm, ITV2

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