Dancing On Ices Jason Gardiner says he lived in a tent after toxic experience on show

Jason Gardiner says he is living 'more sustainably' in 2021

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Jason Gardiner, 49, spent three months living in a tent after quitting the celebrity lifestyle. The former Dancing On Ice star stepped down from his role on the judging panel of the show in 2019.

Much has changed since the Australian-born choreographer’s days on the ITV show, where he was known as “Mr Nasty”.

The TV judge went on to develop a love for environmentally-friendly properties and has been working on creating eco houses for refugees.

His new venture led to him living in a tent for three months while building the homes.

“When the pandemic hit and I was no longer able to do my passion – I discovered I had another passion.

“And I am so glad I did because it has been a real life changing experience.

“I have gone on many adventures, met the most amazing people and acquired the most amazing qualification.

“I have found a new life that isn’t about the toxic environment of the TV industry,” he told the Irish Mirror.

Jason explained during the interview that his work on Dancing On Ice was surrounded by controversy.

He explained: “My tenure on Dancing on Ice was always marred with controversy and lots of issues but the problem is, I didn’t realise how toxic it was until I left.

“It took me a while to decompress from it, I’ll be honest.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for ITV for comment.

At the beginning of the year, Jason gave an insight into his life during the coronavirus lockdown.

He explained how a neighbour’s kindness placed him “on a different trajectory”.

Jason said: “I was very lucky during lockdown.

“A neighbour of mine kindly offered that I get to use her allotment.

“It changed my life. It was really quite profound and a beautiful experience.

“It put me on a different trajectory.”

“We are moving towards being self-sufficient whether we like it or not.

“Being a grower of food and being sustainable is the future,” he added to The Sun.

Jason now shares updates from his life on his Instagram account.

He has also taken to the social media platform, where he has garnered thousands of followers, to display eco-friendly practices.

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