Farewell Nella Rose, second to be voted out of the jungle on the 2023 series of I’m A Celebrity…
As always, it’s hard (at least for a soft-hearted chump like me) not to melt and mellow when an evicted campmate returns to the real world via the recivilising medium of an Ant and Dec exit interview. And, though I can hardly believe it, Nella was my favourite campmate on day one.
At the start the YouTuber seemed lively, funny, and refreshingly unconcerned with how she came across. And she is all of these things. But she has other characteristics that swiftly undermined the positives.
Taking part on a reality show means that your tiniest flaws are magnified, particularly when there is some kind of flashpoint. Nella deserves the same sympathy we’d have for anybody else. But here is the problem – she thinks she deserves more. This was illustrated vividly in her spats with both Nigel Farage and Fred Sirieix, maitre d’ of Channel 4’s long-running First Dates.
Fred saying to Nella, in casual campfire conversation, ‘I’m old enough to be your father’ led to a bizarre delayed tantrum from her. Several hours later, out of nowhere, Nella decided to pretend Fred’s comment was grossly insensitive, as her father died four years ago. She went into one of those exaggerated public humps for which only a six-year-old can be excused. Inevitably, ‘trauma’ was mentioned.
This was the kind of passive-aggressive, goading territorial display that we are so often expected to genuflect to nowadays. It is an exploitation of people’s kindness and better nature and a way of asserting dominance.