Nicola McLean’s unseen medical emergency as tick buried itself into neck on IAC

Nicola McLean has opened up about the hair-raising time a tick buried itself in her neck when she took part in I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

The former Page 3 model had to get the grim parasite removed after she felt it burying into her flesh.

Nicola, 41, took part in the hit ITV reality show in 2008 and finished in sixth place and is most remembered for her eye-popping shower scenes and for clashing with singer David Van Day.

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When asked whether or not she got hurt while there, she exclusively told Daily Star: "I didn't get hurt but I got a tick I had to get that taken out it was in my neck, it was awful.

“I was talking to Martina [Navratilova] and I was rubbing my neck and was like 'what's that?

“She said 'don't freak out, but you have to go to the Bush Telegraph' and I was like 'ahhh' they got it out quickly but it was disgusting."

The mum-of-two also recently revealed that she believes she still would have been picked for the jungle even if she hadn’t had a boob job – as her natural assets were “big and good enough”.

Nicola said: “I was a Page 3 girl for so many years, in The Sun you weren't allowed fake boobs and I only had my boobs done when I returned.

“I didn't have them done as a Page 3 girl as I wasn't allowed to have them.

“I was a model from 15 to 23 and then I gave up at 23 and had my boobs done, and then I got the show."

Nicola added: “Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they helped but my natural boobs were big and good enough anyway."

The infamous shower scenes on IAC are legendary among viewers with other memorable participants including Myleene Klass, Katie Price and Lisa Snowdon.

Ferne McCann and former winner Vicky Pattison even jumped in the shower together back in 2015.

Speaking about showering while being filmed for national television, Nicola said the weather was “freezing” but she stripped off anyway, so she could get in the papers.

She told the Daily Star: “We had the worst weather in 30 years when I did it, but I still got in that bikini because I wanted them front pages.

“I wasn’t wasting that opportunity.”


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