Olivia Attwood did not exit I’m A Celeb after breaking Covid bubble’

I'm A Celeb: Ant and Dec say they wish Olivia Attwood well

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Olivia Attwood was apparently not forced to leave the ITV show for Covid reasons, despite previous reports claiming otherwise. The celeb shocked viewers when she left the Australian-based series within the first 24 hours of arriving. 

The Love Island star entered the jungle last Sunday alongside the likes of Boy George, and radio DJ Chris Moyles, and quickly made an impact on fans.

During her brief time on the show, Olivia was tipped as a possible Queen of the jungle, but fans were soon left disappointed after ITV confirmed she had to exit the show on medical grounds.

On Monday night, host Declan Donnelly said: “Unfortunately, Olivia Attwood has left the jungle for medical reasons and sadly won’t be returning.”

Ant McPartlin added: “Now, she does feature in tonight’s show, which was filmed before she had to leave. We’re very sad to see her go and we wish her well.”

A spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks.

“Unfortunately the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be a further investigation.

They added: “She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.”

Express.co.uk also contacted Olivia for comment, who is yet to address the reason for her leaving. 

However, Olivia’s friends have said she did not leave because she broke the Covid bubble, despite previous claims from The Sun.

The latter news outlet said Olivia was forced to leave after “breaking a strict Covid bubble”, and if she wanted to continue with the series she would have to “endure another week of isolation.”

A source told the paper: “It was felt this would be too much time to spend away from the competition and potentially place her campmates at a disadvantage to her.”

“Olivia would have been going back in almost halfway through the series, which simply wasn’t fair,” they added.

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Since then, pals of Olivia have insisted the decision to remove her was a result of medical tests and nothing to do with her being out of the main camp.

A source close to Olivia said: “The show is very covid safe but the so-called bubble is not the same as it was in Wales last year for the show. 

“The reports about covid are not true and not the reason Olivia was forced to leave the jungle.” 

After the news of Olivia’s shock exit, a statement was posted to her social media promising the star would reveal the “truth” of what led to her departure. 

The statement read: “To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement.

“She dreamed of doing I’m A Celeb for years and was absolutely loving every second of the show and throwing herself into jungle life feet first (just as we knew she would).

“However, for reasons beyond her control her journey has been cut short,” the statement continued.

“Your support and kind words have meant the absolute world to her, now as much as it has always.

“You will hear the truth from Olivia in due course and she will be back on your screens in the New Year.”

“PS. Who’s going to roast Matt Hancock now?” the post ended, aiming a cheeky jibe at the former health secretary.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! returns tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.

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