Seann Walsh persuaded to do Im A Celeb by partner – as he hopes it will change public perception

Seann Walsh has opened up about his reasons for taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and has credited his partner Grace Adderley.

As well as his award-winning comedy shows, Seann’s best known for starring on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, where he ended up sharing a kiss with then-married professional dance partner Katya Jones.

At the time, the smooch came as a massive shock to everyone, especially as Katya was married at the time to fellow professional Neil Jones, while Seann was in a relationship with then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries. They have both split since then.

Four years on from the kiss scandal, the 36 year old – who recently revealed that he’s going to become a dad for the first time – hopes that going on I’m A Celeb will enable him to change people’s perceptions about him.

He also shared that partner Grace is the one who encouraged him to do it.

“Grace is the main reason why I am doing I’m A Celebrity,” Seann told The Mirror.

“As you can imagine I was very scared after the last time I was on a big show because the fallout was not something you would want to go back to.

"Grace talked me into doing it. She convinced me it was the wrong attitude to have, not doing it because I feared what people would think, but to do it because I would have a wonderful time."

Referring to the Strictly incident which led to him splitting from then-girlfriend Rebecca, he added: "People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories.

“I want to make some new friends and new memories and have a nice time.”

Seann also discussed the possibility of winning the show and admitted he’d be “astounded” if he was crowned King of the Jungle.

“I would be absolutely astounded,” he said. “I tend to be someone who doesn’t think about that sort of thing. I have learnt in life to take it as it comes and maybe not expect too much."

He went on to say that he “can’t wait” to go on the show, but admitted he’ll miss Grace and their dog Mildred.

Grace is currently pregnant with the pair’s first child together, which Seann revealed on an Instagram Live last month.

"I’m having a child," he said in the video. His friend then asked: "So you’re gonna be a dad?"

To which Seann confirmed: "Yeah", before his friend jokingly replied: "That’s worrying."

Seann and dance teacher Grace are thought to have been dating since 2019.


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