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Jacqueline Jossa has admitted she aims to dispel the public’s misconceptions about her during her upcoming stint on 2019’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The former EastEnders actress, 27 – who quit her role as Lauren Branning in the BBC soap last year – insisted she’s excited for viewers to discover the real Jacqueline as the show marks her first-ever reality TV appearance.

Media personality Jacqueline confessed that while she’ll ‘terribly miss’ her husband Dan Osborne and their daughters, Mia, 15 months, and Ella, four, her family are rooting for her to win and believe she’ll be a great addition to this year’s series.

Making a statement: Jacqueline Jossa has admitted she aims to dispel the public's misconceptions about her during her upcoming stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Making a statement: Jacqueline Jossa has admitted she aims to dispel the public’s misconceptions about her during her upcoming stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The soap star rose to prominence as outspoken Lauren on EastEnders in 2010, and left the soap late last year in a bid to spend more time with her children.

Aside from work, Jacqueline and former TOWIE star Dan, 28, have repeatedly hit headlines for claims of cheating on his part, most recently with Love Island’s Alexandra Cane – a rumour both parties have firmly denied.

With labels of being a ‘pushover’ and ‘doormat’ attached to her image, the TV actress hopes her stint will give fans a clearer understanding of who she truly is.  

The mother-of-two explained: ‘I think people think I am a pushover or a doormat. I also think some people pity me. 

Upcoming: The actress, 27, is excited for viewers to discover the real Jacqueline as the show marks her first-ever reality TV appearance (pictured with husband Dan Osborne in July)

Upcoming: The actress, 27, is excited for viewers to discover the real Jacqueline as the show marks her first-ever reality TV appearance (pictured with husband Dan Osborne in July)

Family first: The media personality Media confessed she'll 'terribly miss' her husband Dan and their daughters, Mia, 15 months, and Ella, four, (pictured with step-son Teddy, five, in June)

Family first: The media personality Media confessed she’ll ‘terribly miss’ her husband Dan and their daughters, Mia, 15 months, and Ella, four, (pictured with step-son Teddy, five, in June)

‘I want to show I am fine, I am up for a laugh and that I will go for it and try my best. It’s going to be so difficult going in as me and that’s definitely going to be the hardest part. 

‘I’ve never done a show where I have been myself. And I am also scared of everything – especially spiders! They are the worst, there will be tears!’

Jacqueline – who is also step-mum to Dan’s son Teddy, five, from a romance with Megan Tomlin – confessed she’s dreading staying apart from her family for potentially three weeks.

‘This is definitely the longest I have ever been away from them and that is going to be really hard. My family is so close-knit and I will miss them all terribly’, she said. 

Moving on: The soap star quit her role as Lauren Branning in the BBC soap last year (pictured in June 2013)

Moving on: The soap star quit her role as Lauren Branning in the BBC soap last year (pictured in June 2013)

Stronger than ever: Jacqueline and former TOWIE star Dan, 28, hit headlines for claims of cheating on his part

Stronger than ever: Jacqueline and former TOWIE star Dan, 28, hit headlines for claims of cheating on his part

'I'm up for a laugh': With labels of being a 'pushover' attached to her image, the star hopes her stint will give fans a clearer understanding of who she is (pictured in Australia on Monday)

‘I’m up for a laugh’: With labels of being a ‘pushover’ attached to her image, the star hopes her stint will give fans a clearer understanding of who she is (pictured in Australia on Monday)

The blonde beauty revealed she told her children she would be travelling for work commitments: ‘I didn’t know how to face even telling them. In the end, I thought the best idea was to say ‘mummy is going away for work’ and I would see them soon.’

Despite admitting she’s ‘scared’ to take on the show’s frightening challenges, her supportive husband thinks she’ll be a ‘good’ contestant.

Jacqueline elaborated: ‘He is excited and he’s coming over to meet me when I come out.’   

The former Sweat the Small Stuff panellist – who recently launched her Performing Arts Academy in Bexleyheath – figures her pals will be surprised to find out she’s joined the line-up as she ‘doesn’t do creatures’.

She added: ‘My old colleagues on EastEnders are going to be shocked. I don’t think they can imagine me in there. I don’t like creatures. It is not my thing. 

‘I have also never done rock climbing, jumped out of a plane or camped in my life. I am not that kind of girl.’

Despite her fears, Jacqueline enthused: ‘I am really excited. This is something completely different and it’s going to be a totally new experience.

'Mummy is off to work': The blonde beauty revealed she told her children she would be travelling for work commitments

‘Mummy is off to work’: The blonde beauty revealed she told her children she would be travelling for work commitments

'If I lose wight, I won't mind!' Confessing she 'can get hangry' with little food and sleep, Jacqueline jokingly shared one positive about roughing it in the jungle

‘If I lose wight, I won’t mind!’ Confessing she ‘can get hangry’ with little food and sleep, Jacqueline jokingly shared one positive about roughing it in the jungle

‘I am also looking forward to not being on my phone and Instagram all the time. It will be a detox for me.’ 

Confessing she ‘can get hangry’ with little food and sleep, Jacqueline jokingly shared one positive about roughing it in the jungle:

‘I do love my food but I am going in with an open mind. It’s also going to be great getting to know everyone and if I lose any weight, I won’t mind. I will put it back on at Christmas anyway!’

On following in the footsteps of last year’s champion Harry Redknapp, the social media sensation explained: ‘Obviously I would love to win but you don’t go into it wanting to. 

This is one of those shows where you come out feeling proud of what you have done.

‘If doing this programme opens doors for me then that would be so exciting. There are loads of things I would love to do, both acting and presenting.’

The 19th series of the long-running ITV show is set to begin on Sunday November 17.

Exciting: Jacqueline will compete on the show with (L-R) Roman Kemp, Andrew Maxwell, Nadine Coyle, Ian Wright, Caitlyn Jenner, Jacqueline Jossa, Myles Stephenson, Adele Roberts, Kate Garraway and James Haskell

Exciting: Jacqueline will compete on the show with (L-R) Roman Kemp, Andrew Maxwell, Nadine Coyle, Ian Wright, Caitlyn Jenner, Jacqueline Jossa, Myles Stephenson, Adele Roberts, Kate Garraway and James Haskell

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