Jamie Lynn Spears has said she is “taking some time to recover” after leaving the I’m A Celebrity jungle early.
In a statement on Instagram, her first since leaving the show, the 32-year-old said: “I can’t wait to share with y’all everything about this once in a lifetime experience, but I don’t even know where to start when trying to describe what an incredibly special time and place I had with some of the absolute best humans I have ever met and consider family now.
“Thank yall for welcoming me into your living rooms night after night, and for supporting me through all the highs and lows. I’m am so grateful for this show, and all of the wonderful people apart of it!
“I will be taking some time to recovery and spend time with my family, but looking forward to sharing all about my journey on @imacelebrity with everyone! Love yallll.”
A spokesperson for the ITV series confirmed to Sky News on Wednesday afternoon that Spears had left the jungle on medical grounds.
“She’s been a fantastic campmate who has triumphed at trials and bonded well with her fellow celebrities,” the spokesperson said.
Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly broke the news of Spears’ depature at the start of Wednesday’s show, with Donnelly telling viewers: “The good news is, Jamie Lynn is doing fine and she goes away with our best wishes.”
What did Spears say in camp?
Spears had threatened to quit last week after just a few days in the jungle, becoming emotional as she was missing her two daughters.
During the 21 November episode she told her campmates she was finding it difficult to be so far away from her family.
She also discussed her relationship with her sister Britney, who she said she had talked to before entering the jungle.
She said the pair had a “very complicated upbringing” which led to them having issues with each other.
The star also discussed the challenges she faced after falling pregnant as a teenager while starring on TV series Zoey 101, and how she became Catholic after her daughter survived a freak accident where she nearly drowned in a family pond.
Dent’s statement following early exit
Spears’ departure came just days after Dent’s exit from the show, also on medical grounds.
Dent also released a statement on Thursday, saying she was “overwhelmingly sad” about leaving, and adding: “I didn’t go out as I planned or I wanted, but I did what I could, and I did it in a siren red gel manicure without chipping a nail.”
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, First Dates star Fred Sirieix and JLS singer Marvin Humes are among the other celebrities taking part in the show this year.