The Apprentice star admits I'm A Celebrity rumours face huge setback

Thomas Skinner is rumoured to be heading to the jungle in a few months for the next series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The Apprentice star is currently at 7 to 1 odds, so he might want to consider locating his passport and suitcase.

The show, based in Australia, offers celebrities the chance to confront their fears (willingly or unwillingly) and for Tom, the obstacle he’ll have to overcome is heights.

While speaking to, Tom said: ‘I am scared of heights. When I have to go up high I s**t myself. I have a wobble.

‘I hate it. I’m not good in lifts. I’m not good on planes.’

With the show having a tendency to chuck celebrities out of planes (with parachutes thankfully) and involving tall structures in challenges Tom would have his hands full.

Aside from that, he’s well up for everything that the programme would chuck at him.

‘I’ll eat anything. I’ll drink anything. I’ll do anything. I’d be fine.’

He also has an ulterior motive for potentially doing the ITV show: ‘Going on the show would do me a favour as I could lose a bit of weight. I’d go in and have a little diet.’

In terms of who he’d want to be on the hammock across from him, there’s only one answer – heavyweight champion boxer Tyson Fury: ‘He’s a legend and cracks me up’.

While he hopes Gemma Collins doesn’t return. ‘She’d do your head in wouldn’t she?’

Lord Alan Sugar is someone he doesn’t forsee sleeping under the stars any time soon.

‘He would last five minutes because he’s used to luxuries. I can’t see him rolling up to the jungle in his Rolls Royce,’ he joked.

Despite being fired on week nine of The Apprentice (three weeks before the final), Tom has kept in touch with the 76-year-old businessman.

‘He’ll message me on WhatsApp. He checks in on me every now and again, but mainly he just sends football memes. He supports Tottenham and I support West Ham so we like to wind each other up.’

Tom will always have gratitude for Lord Sugar as the programme gave his businesses – Bosh Beds and The Fluffy Pillow Company – a ‘leg-up’.

‘I started my business before being in the spotlight, but the show helped me massively. It was a big leg-up. It means everyone could get to know me.’

He continued: ‘It’s crazy to think how far I’ve come.’

Tom was previously ‘selling knocked off goods, sleeping on a fold-out bed on the floor downstairs and driving a clapped out £500 van.’ He puts his rise to the top down to determination.

‘It’s all been about hard work and not giving up. I also don’t spend too long looking back on how far I’ve come, I just keep going.’

Of course, we had to ask Tom to spill a secret from The Apprentice, and he happily obliged.

‘If you make a successful sale during a task and it isn’t filmed, then it doesn’t count! I made that mistake a few times and it was quite frustrating.’

If Tom were to do the jungle there would be four special people in his life that definitely wouldn’t be able to join him – wife Sinéad Chambers, two-year-old son Henry, and twin daughters Roma and Darla, who are just two months old.

‘The longest I’ve been away from them is three days when I went to America so I would struggle with that massively.’

Tom is referring to when he was in North Carolina managing a West Ham Legends team in a tournament.

Whilst there he received a call from Sinéad who informed him she needed an emergency C-section within the next 24 hours as one of the twins’ heartbeats had slowed, and they’d stopped gaining weight.

As he rushed home, Sinéad’s sister kept Tom in the loop, and he was told that all three of his family were now in ‘real danger’.

Tom broke down in the airport at the prospect of telling Henry that the rest of their family didn’t make it.

He then headed to catch his flight, and just before he switched his phone to aeroplane mode he received a message from Sinéad’s sister again – this time with happier news his twins had been born.

By the time he’d landed at Heathrow and got to meet his daughters and see his wife, Tom hadn’t slept in two days.

‘My wife and the twins were in the hospital for the first few weeks of their life. It was scary times,’ Tom recalled.

‘It did have an impact on me, but they’re all good now so I’m grateful. The doctors and nurses did an incredible job so now they’re gaining weight and they’re blinding!

‘That situation feels like a million years ago now because I’ve always got so many things going on. We just had to get on with it. That’s how I dealt with it. I would get my head down, go to work and then give them love.’

Now he’s settling into life as a family of five, and he has one word to describe it – ‘hectic’. Bosh!

Tom is working with iCandy, an award-winning creator of pushchairs. He is using the iCandy Cerium Twin Pram.

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