I'm A Celebrity star Jill Scott's near-death experience revealed – and how it almost stopped her doing show | The Sun11/21/2022
I’M A Celebrity star Jill Scott’s near-death experience nearly stopped her from taking part in the hit show.
The Lioness star, 35, thought she was going to die on a plane with her fellow teammates during the 2019 World Cup in France.
At the time, the plane began to nose-dive and players were left phone their loved ones to say their goodbyes.
The plane hit and air pocket leaving the team being sick as the pilot tried to save the plane from crashing.
Opening up on the terrifying ordeal, the 35-year-old I'm A Celebrity star said: “We nearly went down. It was really bad. It was the World Cup in France.
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"Even the pilot said it had never happened to him in 30 years. Before anyone says it was an air pocket or a weather pocket, it was something worse.
"All of our heads went up. At the time we were listening to music and were talking about a James Morrison song [Love is Hard]. Out of 3,000 songs [on Leah's iPod, which was on shuffle] that song actually came on next, then that plane thing happened and I thought, 'This is meant to be, our lives are over.'
"But to be fair, when that happened to the plane, I actually didn't get scared because I was listening to the song. Everyone was texting home and ringing home on the plane. It was so bad. We were just like, [singing] 'Love is hard, if it was easy it wouldn't mean nothing.'
"People were being sick. We had a lot of flights that trip but after that one of the staff members didn't fly [again]. I am forever grateful to Leah for that moment."
Jill was sat next to England captain Leah Williamson, and Leah distracted her with magazines – something which Jill says she's "forever grateful" for.
The star already had a fear of flying, and Leah said of the ordeal: "
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Jill always sits next to [England goalkeeper] Carly [Telford], but Carly had basically had enough of Jill on these flights. This was like our fifth flight. I had magazines in my bag and I knew Jill was nervous, so I would give them to her [for the crosswords].
"As we were walking onto the flight, the plane was tiny, so Carly was basically saying, 'She's going to be a nightmare.' So I was like, 'I've got these, I'll sit and do them with her.'
"The plane just dropped mid-air. It hit this air pocket. The pilot had to get out of it, so he dropped the plane.
"Someone actually screamed at the back of the plane, 'We're going down!'
"The air hostess dropped into the seat and the trolley was free for all. I was totally fine and was like, 'Oh well, what will be will be.' "
Despite her fear, the star managed to do the long flight to Australia to take part in the show.
There are nine remaining campmates competing to be crowned I'm A Celeb King or Queen and the bookies already have their favourites, of which Jill is one.
According to PaddyPower as of November 21, 2022, Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner is the favourite to win I'm A Celeb, with odds of 10/11.
Hot on his heels, the second most-tipped celeb is Jill, with odds of 15/8.
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