The wife of I’m a Celeb ’s Andy Whyment is desperate to hug him after he broke down in tears on the show – and revealed that they spoke every day for 16 years before he travelled to Australia.
Corrie star Andy, 38, known to millions as Kirk Sutherland, was shown crying when he joined a team of contestants trying to win care packages for camp.
He broke down in tears because he was so desperate to win a photo of his family.
Andy got the photo eventually but the show was hard to watch for wife Nichola and their children Thomas, 11, and Hollie nine.
Nichola, 32, said: “It really upset us to see Andy upset, when you see him laughing and joking it makes it so much easier as I know he is enjoying the experience.
“I knew it would mean an awful lot to him to get the photograph of the family.
“Hollie cried because he didn’t get a roast dinner so there would have been tears for sure if he didn’t get his package.
“Honestly, I can’t wait to get to Australia so we are at least in the same country as him. I am hoping that I don’t cry and make a show of myself when I first see him but I will most definitely be giving him a big kiss and hug.”
Andy went out to Australia a week before he actually entered the show, meaning he has been apart from his family and without a phone for almost two weeks.
He was placed in lockdown by ITV and hidden away in a hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast until he was sent into the jungle.
Nichola admitted: “The week Andy was in lockdown was the longest week of my life. In 16 years there has never been a day where we haven’t spoken.”
Andy and Nichola first met on nights out in Manchester before romance blossomed. He proposed while holidaying in Monte Carlo, popping the question as they strolled along the beach.
Their children are huge I’m A Celeb fans and are already proud of how well Daddy has done on the show.
Nichola added: “Watching Andy do his first trial, we were in hysterics.
“The kids were loving watching him and were shouting at the telly when he had seconds to spare to get the final star.
“The pair of them were jumping up and down saying ‘yes Dad’ – they were really proud.”
Most bookmakers have Andy as favourite to win and Nichola hopes their prediction is right.
She said: “I would like to think he could win it as he is so down-to-earth and kind and funny.
“Andy has always wanted to do the show, we sit there every year watching saying ‘could you do that?’.
“He always thought that he wouldn’t be asked, so it’s fantastic.”