I'm a Celebrity 2017: Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine reveals she's going to miss her son's third birthday while being in the jungle

Only recently, Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine was confirmed – after much speculation – as part of the star-studded 2017 I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! line-up. 

However, the 33-year-old actress – who has played Fiz Stape in the Manchester-based soap since 2001 – admitted that her stunt in the jungle has come as a HUGE sacrifice. 

Jennie is having to leave her two-year-old son, Albert, and miss his third birthday – something that has been a big decision for her to consider. 

Talking ahead of her appearance in the jungle, she said: “I had to really think about this because the biggest thing is leaving my little boy.

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I’m a Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine has been confirmed for the jungle [ITV]

Jennie McAlpine and husband Chris Farr, pushing their son Albert

I’m a Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine and husband Chris Farr, pushing their son Albert [Wenn]

“Even the thought of it beforehand made me shudder.

“It’s going to be his birthday whilst I am in the Jungle and I spend all my time with him when I am not working on Corrie.

“Leaving Albert when I first go into the camp will be my trial…it really will.”

However, Jennie is hoping the experience will challenge her and put her out of her comfort zone.

Jennie McAlpine and Chris Farr married in a secret ceremony

I’m a Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine and Chris Farr married in a secret ceremony in January after several years together [WENN]

I'm A Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine confirmed for the jungle as the Coronation Street star touches down in Brisbane Airport

I’m A Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine spotted arriving in Brisbane Airport ahead of her jungle stint [IC]

She added: “I am always telling Albert to give things a go even at his little age and so now I can say to everyone: ‘They asked me to do I’m A Celebrity and I did it.'”

While Jennie also revealed that tragically losing her father earlier this year was a big factor in signing up for the show.


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She said: “I lost my Dad earlier this year and that was a big thing. But I knew he would have told me to do it.

“He always told me to do stuff and he always encouraged me. He kept saying: ‘Give it a go to find out if you are good enough or not’. And so that was a big part of it.

“I know Albert is going to have an amazing experience as he is coming to Australia with my husband and I. That will be lovely.

Jennie McAlpine and Tom McAlpine

‘m a Celebrity 2017: Jennie McAlpine heartbreakingly opened up about her dad’s tragic death [Wenn]

“I am feeling excited about it all but also nervous.”

I’m a Celebrity kicks off this Sunday, November 19, at 9pm on ITV. 

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