WHO: Many past celebs have admitted that going into the jungle has been a reflective experience for them and many have come back changed – Steve Price is a great example of this. Did the jungle give you the opportunity to re-evaluate your life?
LISA OLDFIELD: It did and that’s not what I was expecting. I’m not particularly an inward thinking person, I never thought of myself as particularly reflective but I mean you’re pretty much forced to do that. I’ve heard so many celebrities go in there and say [that] the boredom was a killer. I was never bored in there, there was always something to do and I made sure that if I ever found myself bored that I looked for things to do. If it wasn’t entertaining myself, it was entertaining my campmates. Just keeping the mind active. Asking them questions about their lives, posing them questions about what they were going to do when they got out. Even if it was just as a prompt to make me think what I was going to do when I got out. I loved every minute of it, even when they made me do some terrible, disgusting things that I never thought I could do, I was incredibly proud of myself that I rose to the challenge and did them.
WHO: In your post-eviction chat with Chris and Julia, you said that after 17 years of marriage with David, you’d had a revelation and that you’d be speaking with a divorce lawyer. Are you going through with that?
LISA OLDFIELD: It was a bit heat of the moment. I think I’d rather be a widow, why take 50% when you can take 100?
WHO: You’ve mentioned the idea of divorce quite a few times in the past, even before appearing on I’m a Celeb, but it never seems to happen. What has stopped you before and is it different now?
LISA OLDFIELD: To be honest, I just don’t think anyone else would put up with me! We’re stuck together. You know what I think it was? I think David really antagonised me in there because he didn’t expect me to do so well. I didn’t execute the challenges perfectly by any stretch of the imagination but I think he expected me to fall into a heap and that you know, he’d be the hero of the day that would pick me up and stop me from chanting those magic words “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!” But I didn’t, I gave everything a red hot go and the thing was, he failed at the challenges – he fell literally flat on his face. The campmates accepted me, they didn’t accept him so I think out of anger and frustration he lashed out at me. So I really think that says more about him than me. In hindsight, I can forgive him for being angry and nasty at me at times because he probably failed in what he tried to achieve, whereas I far and away exceeded my own expectations.
WHO: Did you make any friends out there in the jungle and how helpful were they to you?
LISA OLDFIELD: I made some amazing friends. I’d really like to single out Paul Burrell. I made some terrible assumptions about him going in and I’m ashamed to say that I made the mistake of thinking that he was really milking the memory of Princess Diana. Getting to know him, he really is someone who adores Princess Diana and is probably the one person who knows the real truth about Princess Diana and gets very frustrated at these people who were on the periphery of Diana’s life or didn’t even know Princess Diana seem to re-writing history and for him the memory of Diana is sacred. And so the reason he talks about Princess Diana is so that the truth of Diana is remember and history isn’t re-written. Someone like me, who’s been lied about in the press and misrepresented, it was really the wrong thing to do – judge him by what was written in the press. Paul and I became wonderful friends, I adore him. I miss him. Last night I really felt quite empty, him not being there. I came into the control room after I came out and he just looked so sad and forlorn without me, my heart was in my throat watching him.
WHO: You wrote on Instagram in February that you’d cut alcohol out and upped your cardio in order to lose some weight. Did your time in the jungle help this along?
LISA OLDFIELD: I’m loving that I lost 4.5kgs in 11 days. I’d lost 7kgs [before] going in, so another 4 and a half was terrific to round that out. I’ve got another 10kgs to go and I’m back to fighting weight.
This article originally appeared on WHO.