anielle Armstrong will be glued to I’m A Celeb this year – not only is her TOWIE co-star Ferne McCann tackling the Bushtucker Trials, but her good pal and new! columnist Vicky Pattison is in there too! While everyone’s expecting the two feisty reality TV stars to have it out in camp – as new! revealed last week they fell out when Vicky dated Ferne’s ex Charlie Sims – Dani, 27, believes they’ll form a friendship. We’ll see about that! Dani, who has just finished filming the current series of the hit ITVBe show, is feeling in a reflective mood as we settle down for our chat.
She recently started dating James Lock, 28, again, after splitting from him for the second time earlier this year. But she assures us she is still very much single – and she’s totally in control of their future… Hi Dani! Are you worried that Vicky and Ferne will clash in the jungle? I guarantee they’ll get on. Vicky is so down-toearth and likes people who entertain her, and I know Ferne will do that. I think it’ll be fine. Vicky went on a date with Ferne’s ex, Charlie.
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Do you think it’ll be brought up? Knowing Vicky, she might just say, “Listen, let’s get it over with.” Charlie and Ferne weren’t together at the time and it was nothing. I just hope they don’t end up both fancying the same guy in there! What’s going on with James at the moment? We’re dating, but we’re both single. If he met someone tomorrow, I’d be gutted, but I wouldn’t be able to say he cheated. We’re taking things slowly. I overthink things and as soon as you get intimate again it’s easy to be like, “Where are you going? What are you doing?” But I’m trying to keep things nice between us. Do you think you’ll get closer to James over Christmas? It’s tricky.
Everyone talks about having a “winter boyfriend” but I’m so busy! We hardly have time to see each other as it is. We’ll see… How did you feel when James said you were partly to blame for your split? You know us girls, we always think we’re right! I was like, “You were the a***hole, I was the perfect girlfriend!” I could have been a bit more chilled out. I’ll say I had 20 per cent to do with it. We saw him be quite aggressive towards you before the split. Has he changed? That’s why I’m being careful. He’s calmed down a bit but he still has a long way to go.
He’s basically on trial and he doesn’t even know it! Did it hurt more when you broke up the second time around? When we first broke up, it was early days, we didn’t love each other. But this time we lived together. I thought we were in a good place. The rows and the aggression hurt me more. Do you think your miscarriage has anything to do with why you’ll always be so close? Everything that could have happened in our relationship did. The cheating, the miscarriage… I feel that’s why we have more of a mutual respect for each other because he knows what I’ve been through. I couldn’t imagine moving on with someone on TOWIE in front of James because of that respect.
Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone were engaged and then she dated Tom Pearce. I couldn’t do that. Christmas is around the corner. How’s your fitness routine going? [Sighs] It’s hard because of filming – we eat badly and can’t be bothered to make healthy things. Who doesn’t eat chocolate at Christmas? I’ll start in January – with everybody else! Do you want to lose weight or are you happy? I think it’s bad for girls to put pressure on themselves.
I know when my jeans don’t fit and, if they don’t, I just cut down a bit. I hate this industry where everyone feels they have to be dead thin. I have big thighs and a big bum and they’re never going to go. I’m thankful to the Kardashians – if it wasn’t for them, I’d be considered a “curvy plus”