BREAKFAST telly host Louise Minchin will battle a secret health condition in I’m A Celebrity which turns her hands blue.
The former BBC anchor has Raynaud’s Syndrome, which affects blood circulation to the fingers and toes.
So Louise will struggle in the extreme cold of North Wales when she checks into Gwrych Castle.
The mum-of-two said: “I feet the cold really badly, I have this thing called Raynaud’s Syndrome, which means my hand and feed go numb very quickly, even in supermarkets. So cold is a big thing for me.”
Symptoms from Raynaud’s can last for hours and can be incredibly painful.
And it could be excruciating if Louise ends up in outdoor medieval prison The Clink.
Losers of the entry tasks will be sent into the harsh camp – new for this year – where campmates are forced to sleep on the floor.
But the canny presenter, who left her post as Dan Walker’s co-host on BBC Breakfast in September, has a plan to try and combat the pain.
Louise went on: “I’m really delighted with my luxury item.
“I have brought with me a fluffy hot water bottle that actually belongs to my daughter.
“So not only is it going to be very helpful to keep me warm, but it’ll also remind me of home.”
Louise has also planned ahead by practising certain skills and has watched old tapes of I’m A Celebrity’s infamous eating trials.
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She added: “I’ve been really calm when I see spiders.
“For example, I was sleeping outside the other day and a spider was on my hand and normally I would’ve screamed and jumped the mile. I’m like, ‘no, no’.
“I’ve never tried to eat any of those disgusting things that they eat so I’m not looking forward.
“In preparation, I very foolishly watched hours of the eating challenges and even the one where Ant and Dec did it and they couldn’t even do it.
“And I just shouldn’t have done that because when I sat on the sofa, they’ve seemed funny, but now I’ve actually looked at them and thinking, ‘Right, I’ve got do them. They’re not funny at all. They’re absolutely disgusting.’”
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