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Grace Dent "overwhelmingly sad" to leave I'm A Celebrity

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Grace Dent issues a statement after her early exit from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Grace Dent has admitted that she is disappointed that her time on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! came to a premature end.

The food critic withdrew from the ITV reality show on Monday on "medical grounds", having previously admitted to her campmates that she had "completely had enough".

In a post on Instagram, Dent shared a picture of her sat in front of a plate of pastries, alongside a message explaining more about her departure.

"Dear friends. Thank you for the outpouring of love I've received since I was removed on Monday," she wrote.

"I am overwhelmingly sad right now, but determined to keep alive in my heart the huge personal breakthroughs I made over the weeks. I spent 15 days without a phone or any contact with loved ones, living much of the time outdoors in a rain forest in very wet weather.

"It gave me a short, sharp glimpse into the pain some folk worldwide endure. Normal life, forever, will always feel beautiful."

She added: "I hope I gave you all a smile. I didn't go out as I planned or I wanted, but I did what I could, and I did it in a siren red gel manicure without chipping a nail.

"I didn't cry when I took off my bra to find a family of mealworms living in the right cup. At some level, this *must* be an achievement.

"My plan is to recover...and when the adrenaline finally ebbs away, to make some serious plans for dinner. Three courses, extra potatoes, definitely pudding. I think I deserve it.

"I love you all and miss my jungle crew. Miss Grace Dent xxx"

I'm A Celebrity continues nightly at 9pm on ITV1.

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