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Vicky Pattison reveals she was drinking ‘ten drinks a day’ after winning I’m A Celeb


Vicky Pattison has revealed in an interview that she used to drink up to “ten drinks a day: after hitting a mental low following her I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! win in 2015.

Despite receiving 80% of the public vote which saw her take first place on the ITV reality series, the 34-year-old felt “lonelier” after the experience as new job offers poured in – causing her to turn to alcohol.

“I drank pretty much every day. I would have about ten drinks a day. Wine, spirits, anything really,” she told The Sun.



Vicky Pattinson has revealed that she used to have up to "ten drinks a day" after her I'm A Celeb win
Vicky Pattison has revealed that she used to have up to “ten drinks a day” after her I’m A Celeb win

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“I had everything I ever wanted. The public liked us, I’d left behind Geordie Shore and I had this new shiny career, but I was convinced that people would realise I wasn’t anything special and it would all be taken away.

“I was turning up late for jobs. I don’t think I ever turned up drunk, I always slept, but I was not in a fit state to work. It’s just unprofessional. That’s what I was becoming.

“I was jeopardising everything I’d ever wanted and worked for. I became a gross amalgamation of all of those when I was drunk.”



After winning I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2015 Vicky turned to alcohol amid mental health problems
After winning I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2015 Vicky turned to alcohol amid mental health problems


Vicky's toxic relationship with alcohol began when she first appeared on Geordie Shore at age 22
Vicky’s toxic relationship with alcohol began when she first appeared on Geordie Shore at age 22

Vicky feared at one point that she might go down the same destructive path as her dad John, 62, who has battled alcoholism for many years and visited hospital and rehab numerous times in attempt to treat it.

“I absolutely adore my dad; it would be so easy for me to be like him. I’m not absolutely convinced I’m not,” the TV star continued.

“I don’t see myself as an alcoholic because I work really hard to not follow the same behaviours and habits as him.

“I want to be this version of myself that I am today, because the alternative isn’t worth thinking about. I want more out of life than what my dad has had; a happy marriage, a good relationship with my kids, I want to be successful.

“I hated myself back then. I work very hard to not become that person.”



Vicky's discusses her past mistakes with drink in her new book The Secret to Happy released next month
Vicky discusses her past mistakes with drink in her new book The Secret to Happy released next month

When Vicky was dealing with her own alcohol issues, her management had a heart-to-heart with her as they tried to help her figure out a solution to her problems.

“They sat me down and said, ‘You’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted and everything you’ve worked for and it feels like you’re still really unhappy,’” she said.

“And I was. So that’s when I stepped up my therapy.”

Vicky found fame at the age of 22 when she appeared as an original cast member on the first series of Geordie Shore, alongside Gaz Beadle, Charlotte Crosby and Sophie Kasaei.



Vicky is now in a "happy place" with personal trainer boyfriend Ecran Ramadan
Vicky is now in a “happy place” with personal trainer boyfriend Ecran Ramadan

Being encouraged to drink and party on the show, she looks back on that time as a toxic period for her when it comes to alcohol and her past relationships with men.

“Now I’m in such a happy place, I feel really sorry for that girl,” she told The Sun.

Now, Vicky is having a much better time as she enjoys her current relationship with personal trainer Ercan Ramadan, 38, and gets ready to release her autobiography The Secret to Happy next month.

“I want people reading it to know they’re not alone. I want them to read some of my mistakes and feel better about theirs,” she added.

“It’s not a self-help book — it’s more like the bad girls’ bible.”

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