Why Sascha Maestre Initially Didn’t Want Miguel To Go On ‘I’m A Celebrity’

Hours away from the ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ finale, Sascha Maestre admits she almost didn’t want her husband going into the jungle at all.

In the last episode, families head into camp to surprise the celebs after more than 30 days apart. Speaking to 10 daily before reuniting with Miguel, Sacha admitted she initially wasn’t thrilled at the idea that he was going to compete on another reality TV show.

“I was worried because he was pretty hurt with ‘Dancing with the Stars’,” she admitted, adding that she didn’t want Miguel to go through that heartbreak all over again. 

Last year Miguel competed in the first season of 10’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’, performing a ‘Greatest Showman’ inspired Tango which unfortunately saw him become the first celeb eliminated from the competition.

“[Miguel] put so much effort into it in the six-eight weeks prior, then you’re just like what! The first week? But he loved it, he absolutely loved it,” Sascha said.

Before he went into the jungle Miguel told 10 daily that the most brutal aspect of ‘DWTS’ was the pressure he put on himself to succeed, training for eight hours every day and to have no control on how far he could get in the competition. 

“I got so little out of it,” he said, “I was second-guessing myself. I was the first person to go in this show that had not been done in a long time, there was a lot of pressure I had never danced before and Gringo was there crying. Barry, Amanda were crying. We were all devastated.”

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Deciding to head into the jungle, again supporting his chosen charity of R U OK?, Miguel said ‘I’m A Celebrity’ was a different circumstance.

“I don’t have to dance, I don’t have to impress anyone. I just have to be the best version of myself and I’m pretty good at being myself.

“If I get kicked out first, or I’m the last one -- if I win or I lose I don’t really care. I’m there for the great experience, to meet a lot of exceptional people and I’m probably going to make a few people laugh, a few people cry and have a really fun experience. Either way, just to be here I’ll be very grateful.”

Having watched Miguel’s adventures in the jungle, Sascha said the series has been “amazing”. 

“We’ve been glued to the telly every night. I wish it went for six months because the kids have been so quiet, listening to every single word,” she said, laughing.

Taking over his social media while he’s been in camp, Sascha said she’s been overwhelmed with the positive messages from Miguel’s fans. She also wasn’t ready for just how intense the life of a social media manager can be.

“It’s like a full-time job! I’m like… I should be getting paid for this. He’s going to come out [of the jungle] and be like, ‘I did this babe!’ I’ll be like… hold on, we did this.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! finale airs Sunday, February 2 at 7.30 on 10 and 10 Play.