Samantha Mumba rejects I'm A Celeb offer and bags role in Irish reality TV series instead
Published 05/10/2016 | 07:45
Samantha Mumba has turned down a slot on hit ITV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here admitting she could never stomach the bugs and creepy-crawlies Down Under.
The show returns next month, but the former pop princess won't be one of the contestants.
"I have, yes (been asked). But no, I can't learn anything in there and I can't even deal with the spiders, never mind anything else. I would just make a holy show of myself," she said.
However, Mumba will be back on the menu for viewers soon as one of the contestants on TV3's Celebrity Masterchef.
"It was an absolutely amazing experience. I love cooking and have always had an interest in culinary school and then I had my baby Sage so I thought it was a great intensive opportunity to learn from incredible chefs," she said.
"I really enjoyed it. I found passions I didn't even know I had. I love to cook for my family and I'll continue to do that. Maybe the plates will be a little more adventurous with better quality dinners. But as far as pursuing a career in it? No.
"I had a really great time with everybody. I made some great friends but there was no competition. You can only compete with yourself. You can only be as good as you can be. It's not to do with outdoing someone else so we had a great time."
She came home from LA last summer and has spent months back in her native Dublin with her daughter Sage (18 months) as she caught up with family and friends but has no plans to move back permanently.
"There are parts of me that would love to (move back) and then there's a part of me that wouldn't ... like when it's cold and I can't bring her to the beach like in LA. I'm back and forth all the time, so we'll see," she said.
Samantha was lining out for the launch of the Cheerios Childline breakfast in aid of Childline, which runs from October 17-23.