I'm A Celebrity 2019: Luke Jacobz The Happiest Man In The Jungle
Luke Jacobz had his time in the jungle cut just before the grand finale, but even that wasn’t enough to stop him from smiling.
From ordering fantasy breakfasts to creating fake in-camp challenges, forcing his campmates to play hopscotch and even building a giant chess board, there was nothing Luke wouldn’t do to boost morale. But unfortunately that all came to an end on Tuesday night.
In a shock to our celebs, our hosts sprung a surprise double elimination on the camp, who -- after losing Angie Kent -- were under the assumption that the final four would have another day together.
Before the dust could settle, Dr Chris Brown and Lady Julia Morris were back in position, this time calling Luke’s name as the next celeb to leave camp.
“The first four minutes after they called my name,” Luke told 10 daily moments after he left the jungle, “I thought they were taking me out as a joke, like they were going to bring me back in.”
But all that fell away when he saw his fiancee, Raychel Stuart, in the studio. Overwhelmed, Luke’s disappointment at not making the final three faded away.
“Looking at the other people that are still in there, they’re super high-quality and you can see that they’re endearing, watchable and fun. You can get behind and support them,” Luke said.
Luke was like a constant beam of sunshine in the camp, radiating a cheeky glow of happiness regardless of what else might be happening. And, according to Luke, that wasn’t just for the show.
“Yes I’ll be honest I’m always that happy,” he admitted.
“Everyone has shitty days, but I try not to let them get to me for too long. I’ve got a very, very good outlook on life because I now know only too well that it can end pretty quickly,” he said.
“So it’s like: if I’m going to be sick next week I’ll have the best week now.”
What Luke’s referring to is the sudden death of his father John Ashwood in 2015. Not only that but Raychel’s father also passed away from brain cancer in 2005. “That was one of the things we kind of connected on,” Raychel told 10 daily.
“It was kind of random we both lost our dads in the same way,” she added.
The death of Luke’s father was a major motivator for him to enter the jungle in the first place, raising money for Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, Luke’s luxury item was a pair of bright pink socks in memory of John.
“I’m really, really disappointed that I didn’t make it to the end, but the experiences I’ve had up to now outshine that disappointment,” Luke said.
Some of those experiences included being a kind ear and a shoulder to cry on for some of his campmates, with the likes of Yvie Jones and Tahir Bilgic opening up about their own parents’ recent deaths.
“Very early on I spoke to Natasha Exelby and I said I wanted to work on my communication skills,” Luke said. Obviously, if there’s one thing Luke knows how to do it’s talk. Tash told him it wasn’t about the talking but the listening.
“That really resonated with me,” he said, “because I was always thinking ‘what can I add?’ and it’s not about adding something, it’s about letting someone talk.”
Despite being the clown of the camp for a majority of his time, there were moments when Luke was able to simply be there for his fellow campers and to listen to their experiences.
“When I had those serious conversations it meant a lot to me because someone had chosen me to open up to. That was really sweet.”
“That was one of the nicest things that happened to me in there,” Luke said.