The Vamps star James McVey says there are no longer trust issues with his girlfriend after a split in 2014 – and he plans to propose to her “in the next six months”.
I’m A Celebrity campmate James reportedly “dumped” model girlfriend Kirstie Brittain in 2014 after fans repeatedly tagged him in a photo on social media that appeared to show her kissing another guy.
“I’ve been eating loads of Haribo, that’s the best way to get over a broken heart,” he said at the time.
But looking back now James, 24, said: “It was that weird territory where I thought something more was happening than she did. We weren’t technically together, and I jumped the gun.
“I was really excited, so I think I kind of was probably quite emotionally immature back then, and I really feel for her, because she got a lot of negative attention around that.
“We weren’t even officially together. Our anniversary’s the 3rd of December and this all happened before then. We’re really happy now and we’ve been really happy for four years, and this time apart when I go in the jungle, there’s absolutely no worries actually, we’re really, really solid.
“Kirstie’s coming out halfway through anyway, so knowing that she’s a mile away will really help I think.”
Asked if he might take the relationship to the next level and propose soon after his stint on I’m A Celebrity, he added: “I was joking round with the other Vamps boys saying that my one luxury item should have been an engagement ring, and I could have really embarrassed her on the bridge coming out, but I’ve not had time to get it yet. That would have been a good one though.
“I think maybe within the next six months we could get engaged, but who knows? I’ve not got a ring yet though.”
James is now the bookmakers’ favourite to win the show thanks to the fact he has the backing of millions of Vamps fans.
Asked if he thinks they can propel him to victory, he said: “I’d absolutely love them to start a campaign for me to win. I think we’ve been very lucky, you know. Things like getting the number one album and selling out the tours, it’s just a credit to the fans that have been there for six, seven years. So, yeah, I hope that they enjoy watching me on TV, and I really appreciate all the support.”
James has also been getting advice from last year’s winner Georgia Toffolo . He explained: “I’m good friends with Toff who won the show last year and I spoke to her the night before I left, because, obviously, she smashed it and asked her some advice.
“She was lovely. She just said that it’s important to stay as upbeat as you can, stay smiley, and if you need to step away from camp in a moment of madness, then just take breather down by the pool. Well, I call it a pool, whatever it is, the rock lake. So, yeah, just stay positive and try and be forgiving.
Looking ahead as he prepared to go into camp he admitted having some fears. He said: “I’m scared of spiders, I think I’ll be okay with other things. I mean, I wouldn’t like to share a sleeping bag with a scorpion or anything either, so I think things that run around pretty quickly, that’s my biggest thing. I’m okay with heights and stuff, but, yeah, spiders would be my nemesis in the jungle.”
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