After handing out roses on The Bachelor, undergoing gruelling challenges on SAS Australia and living in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins says he’s now finished with reality TV.
The rugby legend, who became the fifth contestant to leave I’m A Celebrity during Thursday night’s episode, tells Yahoo Lifestyle his time in South Africa has given him a newfound perspective on his future.
“I definitely spent a lot of time in the jungle reflecting,” he shares. “If you’re not doing a trial, you sit around camp and think about your loved ones and where you're going in life and you do go through a bit of an internal journey.
“When you spend that time in nature listening to the birds and seeing the little animals and the baboons, you just kind of go into a trance. I was just thinking, what do I really want? And I don't think it is any more TV shows.
“I'm not really a reality person, believe it or not. I've never seen an episode of the Kardashians. I watched the SAS show and I watched I’m A Celebrity, but that’s all I’ll ever watch.”
The father-of-one went on to say that he plans to “get away” from the reality TV world after his recent stint and instead focus on setting up his family.
“I want them to be acquiring memories and experiences that just make them more grounded and deeper in their understanding of life,” he adds.
“I want more joy, I want more gratitude, I just want to get out and travel the world with my family and just enjoy the finer things.”
'Really wreaked havoc on the system'
When comparing his reality TV experiences, Nick admits he found I’m A Celebrity to be more difficult than his time on SAS Australia.
“I thought I’m A Celebrity couldn’t be harder than SAS, but it was harder in different ways,” he says. “That amount of time eating just beans and rice really wreaked havoc on the system. There was a lot going on there.”
He reveals he lost 8kg during his time on the show and was “stripping weight really quickly” compared to his fellow campmates.
“The only saviour in there for me was the olive oil,” he laughs. “I was drinking about a cup a day to keep my calories up, but it also wreaks havoc on your guts.
“It's hard to stay high energy and positive when your gut’s grumbling and you're feeling low and down, but I’ve got to give it up to Harry Garside. He doesn't have much fat on him, he’s a lean mean fighting machine, but he’s tough as nails and never complained. He’s a good man.”
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