I’m A Celebrity fans in tears as Caitlyn Jenner opens up on death of close friend

I’m A Celebrity viewers were left teary after Caitlyn Jenner, 70, opened up about her “inspirational” close friend who has since died. She detailed the huge impact her track coach had on her life and called him a “good person”.

The camp was overcome with emotion yesterday evening, as the conversation moved onto people who have influenced the campers’ lives.

The US reality TV star began to speak about her old track coach in college, and the admission left viewers teary.

She spoke of LD Weldon, who was 65 years old when she first met him.

“It wasn’t just track stuff, it was knowledge, about life, and he was a really good person,” Caitlyn described, as her eyes brimmed with tears.

“He had so many athletes throughout his career but he said to me that I was truly the greatest athlete he’d ever coached and that meant a lot to me, a lot, a good man,” she sobbed.


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The Olympian was comforted by her fellow campmates on the ITV show and fans at home took to Twitter to show their support for the jungle favourite.

One pleaded: “I really hope that @Caitlyn_Jenner realises when she eventually leaves the jungle, how much the British public have fallen in love with her during her time on #ImACeleb and if she disappears from British TV it will be a big mistake. Huge. #ImACelebrity2019.”

Another said: “Aww to see @Caitlyn_Jenner get emotional on @imacelebrity has made me well up too.. we all have that one person who has inspired and encouraged us, and we never forget them! #ImACeleb x.”

“#Caitlyn is a beautiful soul and I have loved watching her on #ImACeleb,” a third commented.

“Caitlyn’s story just made me tear up!” A fourth quipped.

Fans were left shocked when Ian Wright also broke down in tears.

The former footballer has taken on the role as the camp’s alpha-male, along with ex-England rugby player James Haskell.

But the conversation about their heroes seemed to push Ian over the edge, as he revealed his softer side.

Reminiscing about his teacher Mr Pigden, he revealed that, when he was at school, he would be sent out of the classroom for being disruptive.

“But then he took me into the library and talked to me about behaving myself and concentrating and he was someone I could talk to all the time,” Ian remembered.

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“When he realised I could play football, he used to say the beautiful goals are the ones that goal keepers can’t save, he used to say that’s what I had to do.

“When I was at Arsenal running, I would always think about him and I showed him my England cap.”

Ian began getting teary and said: “If it wasn’t for him…I know I wouldn’t be where I am, I think about him every day.”

Nadine Coyle also revealed her biggest influencer had been X Factor judge, Louis Walsh.

She explained that if it wasn’t for the talent legend, then she wouldn’t have been a former member of Girls Aloud.


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“Louis Walsh, he made me audition for Girls Aloud, he said ‘if you don’t, I won’t speak to you again’ I was like, we don’t speak that much anyway,” she giggled.

“I went and it all worked out well, I wouldn’t have gone to the audition if it wasn’t for him. I wouldn’t have been in Girls Aloud and then swallowing cockroaches.”

Much to viewers annoyance, Caitlyn was in the bottom two to be sent home along with Cliff Parisi.

She was saved to stay another day, as the former EastEnders actor was sent packing, but viewers were not pleased with the results, calling it “ridiculous” and “unbelievable”.

But can the fan-favourite make it all the way to the final?

I’m A Celebrity continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.

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