‘Much tougher than I thought’ Louise Minchin’s past heartbreak over time away from husband

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Louise Minchin, who joins the star-studded line-up of celebrities for this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, could spend close to a month at Gwrych Castle, where the show is being filmed for the second year in a row.

It would mark one of the lengthiest times she wouldn’t have spoken or seen her husband David Minchin and their kids Scarlett and Mia. 

I was particularly worried about being away from family

Louise Minchin

In a previous interview with Channel 4, the 53-year-old explained how being away from her loved ones while filming Time Crashers back in 2015 was difficult since she could not communicate with her family during taping.

The BBC news anchor will be preparing herself for a similar project as she’s set to take on a range of Bushtucker Trials tonight when the show returns to ITV. 

Once again, however, Louise will be away from her husband and children, which had proven to be an even bigger task than the challenges assigned on Time Crashers.

“Far more difficult than that was not being able to speak to my family and friends, particularly my husband and daughters,” Louise gushed.

“That was much tougher than I thought it would be. I’ve been away from them before, but I have been able to call or email them”.

Time Crashers, which ran for just one series on Channel 4 back in August 2015, saw ten celebrities transported to several different historical settings where they experienced the “lower class” life.

Contestants were set with tasks relating to that era which the celebs had to fulfil.

Louise continued saying that while she was worried about the weather conditions during the six weeks of filming — having often slept with her clothes on due to the cold — she found it even harder not having had a chance to speak to her kids.

“There were a couple of occasions when I was frozen, and spent every era sleeping with all my clothes on!” the former BBC Breakfast anchor added.

“I was particularly worried about being away from family”.

Earlier this week, Louise revealed that she didn’t tell her former colleague, Dan Walker, about the news of her joining I’m A Celebrity, though she didn’t expect him to be surprised by the move. 

“I didn’t tell Dan Walker I was doing I’m A Celebrity before coming to Wales but I don’t think he will be surprised! He knows me well and I think he will be both excited and nervous for me,” Louise told Hello! magazine.

She went on to say that joining the competition series is a “big adventure” and quite the contrast from her former day-to-day job sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa.


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Louise, who mentioned having driven past the Castle a few times before, wouldn’t describe herself as fearless regarding the tasks she’s set to endure on the show. 

Nonetheless, though, she’s eager and excited for the experience to commence. 

“Going on I’m A Celebrity is a big adventure. It is very different to sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa and it will be scary and daunting but it will also be lots of fun,” she told the publication. 

“I’ve driven past the Castle quite a few times and I am really excited for it to be in Wales again.

I’m A Celebrity returns tonight on ITV at 9pm.

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