Tess Daly throws support for husband Vernon Kay ahead of I'm A Celeb

Tess Daly throws her support behind husband Vernon Kay ahead of his I’m A Celebrity debut as she shares a rare family snap with their daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11

  • The Strictly Come Dancing co-host, 51, wished the presenter, 46, luck by sharing a rare snap besides their daughters on Sunday
  • Tess wrote: ‘We love you SO much and we miss you TONS! Go #teamVernon’  
  • Vernon is competing on the show in Aberegle, North Wales, alongside Beverley Callard, Team GB star Mo Farah, and Strictly star AJ Pritchard, among others
  • The post comes after Vernon claimed he and wife Tess have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden ten years ago
  • Vernon and Rhian’s daily contact came to light in 2010 after he pursued her on Twitter, text and email for four months
  • The presenter was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light

Tess Daly has thrown her support behind husband Vernon Kay ahead of his I’m A Celebrity debut.

The Strictly Come Dancing co-host, 51, wished the presenter, 46, luck by sharing a rare snap besides their daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, on Sunday.

Taking to Instagram to share the black-and-white family photo, Tess could be seen smiling brightly with her daughters sat in the middle of her and Vernon.

Sweet: Tess Daly threw her support behind husband Vernon Kay ahead of his I’m A Celebrity debut as she shared a rare snap with their daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, on Sunday

She wrote in the caption: ‘GOOD LUCK VERNON❤️ After not being able to see him for what feel like AGES me & the girls can’t wait to watch Vern on tonight’s first @I’mACelebrity and see how he fares in the Castle!

‘We love you SO much and we miss you TONS! Go #teamVernon #imaceleb All our love Tess Phoebe & Amber XXX’

Vernon is competing on the show in Aberegle, North Wales, alongside Corrie legend Beverley Callard, 63, Team GB star Mo Farah, 37, and Strictly star AJ Pritchard, 26.

Other celebrities competing are  paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, and funnyman Shane Richie, 56, Jessica Plummer, 28, Giovanna Fletcher, 35, and Jordan North, 30.

Sweet: Tess wrote, ‘After not being able to see him for what feel like AGES me & the girls can’t wait to watch Vern on tonight’s first @I’mACelebrity and see how he fares in the Castle!’

Family: Tess and Vernon wed in 2003, and welcomed their first child together, Phoebe, a year later, and then she gave birth to Amber in 2009 (pictured in April 2018)

Sweet: On Saturday, Tess shared a snap of her last meal with husband Vernon before he went into isolation for the hit ITV show earlier this week

Tess and Vernon wed in 2003, and welcomed their first child together, Phoebe, a year later, and then she gave birth to Amber in 2009 

It will be a busy few weeks for the couple with Tess hosting Strictly Come Dancing and Vernon appearing on I’m A Celebrity. 

In October, Tess admitted to feeling guilty about being away from her children for work, as during an appearance on the Scummy Mummies podcast, she said: ‘When I do Strictly Come Dancing over the winter period I am away on the Saturday so I try and make up for it the rest of the time. 

‘”What do you want to do today kids? Here’s a full list of activities!” Trying to make up for the fact that I am not there on the Saturday for the rest of the year.

Candid: In October, Tess admitted to feeling guilty about being away from her children for work as she admitted she tries to ‘make up for it’ when she’s around (pictured in 2015)

Home life: Tess said of her girls: ‘I try and stress to them the importance that I go to work, my mum went to work and it’s what I know and they do understand that it’s important’

‘I try and stress to them the importance that I go to work, my mum went to work and it’s what I know and they do understand that it’s important and it defines you as a person. They don’t mind coming sometimes to watch.’

It comes after Vernon claimed that he and wife Tess have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden ten years ago.

The I’m A Celebrity star, 46, spoke with The Mirror on Friday about the topic when he was asked if there were any misconceptions he’d want to put right during his stint on the reality show.

Denying there was anything, he said: ‘There isn’t a hidden side to me. I’ve been on telly for 20 years and my career started on a reality show.

‘All that stuff is in the past, we’ve forgotten about that, we’ve moved on. It’s all gone. It’s disappeared.’

Camp mates: Vernon is starring in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity alongside other famous faces including Jessica Plummer, Giovanna Fletcher, AJ Pritchard and Mo Farah

‘We’ve forgotten about that’: It comes after Vernon claimed that he and wife Tess have ‘moved on’ from his ‘sexting scandal’ with Rhian Sugden ten years ago (pictured in March)

Vernon also claimed he hopes his fellow campmates are open-minded enough, so he can talk to them about ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ things that have happened in his life.

He explained: ‘I think that’s why I’m hoping this camp will be an open forum with no judgement on what people have done in the past and the present and how they’ve moved on from it. Everyone has moved on. All that stuff is in the past.’

Vernon and Rhian’s daily contact came to light in 2010 after he pursued her on Twitter, text and email for four months, with the blonde bombshell later claiming he also tried to set up a secret liaison with her in a hotel room.

Afterwards, she assured Tess that they never met up alone and it was nothing more than a ‘close friendship and flirty messages’. She concluded with offering her ‘sincerest apologises’ and wishing the both of them happiness for the future.

Incident: Vernon and Rhian’s daily contact came to light in 2010 after he pursued her on Twitter, text and email for four months, she later claimed he also tried to set up a secret liaison

Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife Tess on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light.

He went on to promise live on air that he would no longer contact Rhian or the four other women he had been caught messaging at the time. He continued to host his radio show and present All Star Family Fortunes following the scandal.

It was then revealed the pair had got back in touch in 2015 with Vernon sending hundreds of texts asking to ‘reconnect’ with the model.

In June, Rhian broke down in tears as she discussed her ‘sexting scandal’ with the married star in 2010 on documentary Page Three: The Naked Truth.

Emotional: In June, Rhian broke down in tears as she discussed her ‘sexting scandal’ with the married star on documentary Page Three: The Naked Truth

The glamour model, 34, appeared on the Channel 4 documentary to talk about her experience in the industry, and when talking about the scandal she admitted that it was the lowest point of her life.

Rhian lamented the fact that the presenter ‘got away with it’ after publicly apologising to wife Tess.

The model also claimed that her career was ruined and she lost ‘so much weight’ from stress during the scandal.

Rhian started the interview by boasting about her former Page Three modelling career and how it was the ‘best time’ of her life as she got free drinks, parties and Champagne on tap.

Although the chat soon took an emotional turn as Rhian admitted: ‘But then some of the girls crossed the line into scandal and it raised people’s profiles. That’s what happened to me.’

She continued: ‘There was an attraction there for both of us. I was a Page Three girl and he was Vernon Kay. He’s a good looking fella.

‘He came to Manchester and that was the first night we’d met. Things just stemmed from there.

‘It was all probably more bravado on text from him when he’d had a drink, ‘Oh, you look fit in that picture, sexy, wish I could see you more.”

Rhian then spoke about the backlash after their texts were exposed, she said: ‘If I’d met this man, slept with him and had a full blown affair with him then I would understand the backlash. It was like I’d literally killed somebody.’

She added: ‘He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on, with Family Fortunes, ironically. It still makes me feel physically sick’ (Vernon pictured in 2012)  

Apology: Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to his wife on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after a set of their saucy messages came to light (Vernon and Tess pictured in 2015)  

She then started crying as she recalled how her career was ruined and she had gone from having £15,000-a-month in her bank account to nothing.

Wiping away tears, the model, who is now married to soap actor Oliver Mellor, said: ‘I lost so much weight from stress. I have never been so low, apart from that time. It makes me upset. I am going to ruin my make-up.

‘It was awful, my whole family… they must have been so embarrassed. He just got away with it, it ruined everything for me. I was going up and up with my career, when that came along. I wish I had never met him.’

She emotionally added: ‘He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on with Family Fortunes, ironically. It still makes me feel physically sick.’

I’m A Celebrity kicks off on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.   

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

 

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