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I wanted to look good in jungle shower, says Matthews after steroids 'mistake'

Published 03/03/2016 | 08:36

Spencer Matthews was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! after three days 'on medical grounds'
Spencer Matthews was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! after three days 'on medical grounds'

Former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has admitted taking steroids was a "costly mistake" and he took the pills "completely out of vanity".

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The 27-year-old was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! last year because he was taking "steroid-based medication" to bulk up for a charity boxing match.

In his first interview since leaving the jungle in November, Matthews said he took the pills "completely out of vanity" because he wanted to "look good in the shower".

But he denied being addicted and claimed that having to leave the show left him "depressed".

Matthews told Radio 1's Newsbeat: "I wasn't thinking properly and made a mistake. I took some pills to enhance my training.

"It was quite a costly mistake in the end because the pills travelled with me to Australia and when I spoke of them I was asked to leave.

"It was completely out of vanity. I just wanted to look good in the shower.

"When the reality came in that I was going home on the third day, I was just absolutely devastated. For someone that doesn't get anxious or depressed, I felt pretty anxious and depressed."

Matthews said he started taking steroids every day during his boxing training after he was offered them by a "professional".

"I was under the impression recreational use of steroids was fine, especially as they seem to be, fairly worryingly, readily available," he said.

"I didn't actually believe I was doing anything wrong at the time."

Matthews was a late entrant to the last series of I'm A Celebrity but left after three days, with ITV saying he departed "on medical grounds".

He denied going to rehab after leaving the jungle and instead went to Tanzania to help build a school.

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