I'm A Celebrity 2019: Richard Reid Crowned King Of The Jungle
"I'm not used to feeling like a winner in my life."
Richard Reid has been crowned king of the jungle in the fifth season of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Australia.
Speaking to 10 daily just moments after being named series victor, Richard said he was ecstatic with the win.
"I've accomplished what I wanted to do," he said.
"To challenge myself as I never have before and for people to really know me, to make sure I've done everything I can to let people know who I really am."
"I just hope that any kid out there who doubts themselves or has been bullied, depressed, shy or scared knows that if I can do it -- who's just a big scared kid inside -- anyone can do it," he continued.
"And come out of the jungle... with abs!"
During his time in the jungle, Richard faced his fears, personal demons and created some lifelong bonds, all the while revealing a new side to himself.
"I'm used to seeing him on TV," Richard's sister Deane told 10 daily, "but not like this. It’s different, I think that this is the first time that I’ve seen Richard on TV where he’s really been Richard."
For Richard, the jungle wasn't just a fight for his nominated charity, Beyond Blue; it was a process of understanding authenticity.
"I came into the jungle thinking I was authentic. I am a character in the sense that 'Oh, uncle Marty's such a character'," he said.
"I am a character and I have a lot of idiosyncrasies, in the past, they've always been amped up."
After two or three days of being that "amped up," Richard said his walls became to come down, and he became more raw and honest with his campmates.
Richard also faced some of his greatest fears along the way, never backing down during Tucker Trials.
"Somehow people figured out I'm claustrophobic, I can't stand spiders -- I already got stung by scorpions -- and I never told anyone this but I hate snakes! Hate them!"
It only seemed fair that Richard should get picked for Bogged Down, a solo trial where he had to climb into an enclosed series of tunnels full of spiders, scorpions, crocs and -- you guessed it -- snakes.
Having to move a giant python out of the way to get a snake, Richard said he kept motivating himself knowing how hungry his campmates were.
"It was just like a triumph over fear, I was so proud of myself, even in the middle of that [trial] I was like... good for you!" he said.
"Then there was another big snake head coming at me and I was gently pushing it away with my foot like bye Felicia!"
"I felt like a warrior that day, a real winner and I'm not used to feeling like a winner in my life."
He'll have to get used to the feeling now!