Celebs that have left the spotlight to live off-grid including Strictly stars and Jason Gardiner

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While most celebrities enjoy riding the waves of fame and living a fast-paced lifestyle in the city, others prefer to leave their jobs at the end of the day and return to a quieter life away from the limelight.

Meanwhile, after enjoying time in the spotlight, some prefer to ditch the A list altogether and retire back to the countryside full time.

Meet the celebs who live very different lives away from the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.

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Jason Gardiner

The former Dancing on Ice judge ditched London to live on an eco-farm in Portugal.

The 49-year-old describes himself as a "nomadic permaculture designer" and lived in a tent while building his home.

He shared: "I have found a new life that isn't about the toxic environment of the TV industry.

"My tenure on Dancing On Ice was always marred with controversy and lots of issues, but the problem is, I didn't realise how toxic it was until I left."

The Australian choreographer, 49, stepped down from the show in 2019 after a row with contestant Gemma Collins..

JB Gill

Popstar JB temporarily swapped the stage for the barnyard and now lives life as a part-time farmer.

When he's not performing with JLS, his working farm specialises in producing Kelly Bronze turkeys.

His website boasts that his customers have included One Direction, Kimberly Wyatt and Little Mix, thanks to the 'unrivalled quality' of his turkeys.

Flavia Cacace and Jimi Mistry

Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace run their own farm in rural North Devon.

After meeting on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, the couple decided to pack up their Guildford flat and move to the countryside.

The pair have a dedicated Instagram account called Our Life At The Barn where they share what animals they look after and the produce they make.

Their Instagram bio states: "Follow us @flavia_cacace @mistryeats and #pabloandzak on our life-changing journey as we move to the country and follow our self-sustainable dream".

The couple now plan to set up a farm shop and open a guest house and Jimmy has said: "We haven't looked back once."

Abz from 5ive

Boyband star Abz ditched the city to try his luck running a farm in Wales.

The 42-year-old decided to move with his partner Vicky Fallon.

The pair documented their journey in their own BBC Two show Abz on the farm, which hit our screens in 2015.

Matt Baker

Matt Baker swapped London living for a farm in Hertfordshire where he lives with his wife and their two children.

The One Show presenter has said he wouldn't be able to cope with the pressures of showbusiness without reconnecting with nature each day.

He told Prima magazine: "I missed the countryside when I moved to London. When I began my career in TV at Blue Peter, I realised I couldn't cope in the capital.


"The pace was so at odds with what I was used to, and I missed being able to see the horizon.

"If I hadn't moved out and found a little paddock outside the city, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue with this career.

"When I was commuting two hours each way to work, what made me feel like I could do the job was being immersed in nature when I got home.

"I needed that in order to do my best work."

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