The two outspoken TV personalities butted heads during a food trial when Kerri-Anne refused to eat an animal testicle and Dom called her “the most self-centred b***h” she's ever met - which led to Kerri-Anne quitting the show.
Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle following her elimination on Monday night, Dom explains that she decided to finally speak up to Kerri-Anne because everyone at camp was “starving” due to her lack of effort in the challenges.
“The thing about being in the jungle is that you have to be selfless,” she shares. “It's not just about you, you have to go in as a team player.
“And I think it just got to a point where I was frustrated that she wouldn't even try and I just was like, ‘Why are you even here bro?’. You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't enjoy camp life and eat the food that we’re scavenging for and then come to trials and say you're not going to do it.”
Dom went on to say that she knew the Australian public was going to constantly vote Kerri-Anne into trials for entertainment value, so she felt like it was important to call out her lack of effort.
“I just thought, this is really unfair,” she continues. “There are people in there struggling, like we've got Harry Garside, an Olympic athlete who's going to Paris next year, and he's just flaking away in there down to nothing.
“Everyone's getting emotional because we're all starving and tired and in that moment I just thought, you know what? No one else is saying it, everyone’s thinking about it and everyone’s talking about it when she's not in the room, so this is the time to say something because if she comes back to camp, this is ridiculous. There's no way I could just sit here and just see this power imbalance play out.
“So it happened the way it happened, and look, I'm not proud of the language that was used, but I still stand by everything and the messaging behind it because that's how I truly felt, and I still feel that way. I would have just, I guess, articulated myself in a better way, but in the heat of the moment when you're starving and you've eaten soup for a few nights, it happens.”
'It was difficult for me'
Following Kerri-Anne’s exit from the jungle, Dom admits she “struggled” to find her place amongst the group because she felt like there was a divide in camp.
“I think people just needed a little bit of time to kind of settle down and understand what had happened,” she says.
“It was difficult for me. I was feeling all these emotions and I really just wanted to talk to my mum and be around my loved ones but obviously, there was no way of doing that in the jungle. So for me, in order to cope with those things, I guess I did retreat to a certain extent and I would take myself down to the creek or go and lay in the sun for a little bit and have those moments to myself and that was my coping mechanism.
“I think I just needed that time to kind of get myself back to one hundred per cent and I think once I did, I came back stronger than ever. I completed five trials in my time here and I smashed them all and did 25 days and I'm so bloody proud of myself.”
Dom adds that she’s “open to having a wine with Kerri-Anne” when she’s back in Australia to talk things through.
“I know she loves a Pinot Grigio, we had a chat about that,” she says. “But yeah, after she gets back from her golf trip in Port Douglas, I'm more than happy to have a wine in Sydney on me.”
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