ITV I’m A Celebrity chaos as star pulls out last minute due to marriage split

Danny Cipriani, the former England rugby star, has decided not to join the line-up for I'm A Celebrity 2023 following the end of his two-year marriage.

The 36 year old sportsman married Victoria Rose, 42, in a small ceremony in 2021, but recently announced their split.

He shared on Instagram: "Victoria and I sat together this weekend and agreed to separate after 4 years of marriage. Whilst we've had some wonderful times together, we've also recognised we're on different journeys and whilst this is sad news, it's also a new chapter for us both to pursue our own happiness. I only wish the best for Victoria and her children."

Danny was expected to receive a hefty payment for his appearance on I'm A Celebrity.

However, just days before the show was set to start, he announced his separation from Victoria.

His relationship troubles seem to have disrupted his plans to enter the jungle, despite being described by ITV insiders as 'one of the most exciting signings for this series.'

In August, a source spilled the beans to Mail Online: "He will be the hunk of the lineup and already there is talk of him and shower scenes amongst staff working on the programme.

"There is also huge anticipation that he will reveal secrets from his showbiz lifestyle, he has been linked to many women over the years, and his scandals are well documented too so there will be lots for him to share.

"But he has a sense of humour too which will ensure he is both popular amongst his camp mates but also with those watching at home. Danny might have settled down now but he is still wild at heart. There are high hopes that he will make it to the final."

This news follows after Danny and Victoria hinted at trouble in paradise when they recently unfollowed each other on social media.

A source revealed about their relationship two weeks ago: "Victoria had been increasingly unhappy over the last few months. Things got tense and then she saw some text messages on his phone and it led to some difficult rows between them and they have now split up. They are both devastated at the breakdown of their marriage."

Victoria shared her joy on Instagram after marrying Danny in a small ceremony, saying "Today we officially became Mr and Mrs Cipriani in a small intimate setting with our nearest and dearest. We are looking forward to our big day Caribbean style when travel is permitted. Cheers to love, laughter, but especially to our happily ever after. Our adventure begins. Dannie Cipriani I love you."

Danny, who has been linked with celebs like Katie Price and Kelly Brook, responded: "Officially Mrs Cipriani @victoriarosecipriani – married my best friend today!!"

The couple got engaged just four months after they started dating in August 2020.

The rugby star announced their engagement on Instagram, sharing a picture of a bathroom filled with roses, writing: "You make me the happiest man in the world. I love waking up with you every morning, not knowing which one of our personalities is going to arise, and how we fall in love with each other over and over again. You make every day so much better, I can't wait to get home from training every day to see you. I can't imagine life without you.

"You make me want to be the best man i possibly can for you and our family. You are my now wife to be. I can't wait to marry you in October. You're my lover my best friend, you are so loyal, incredibly intelligent, sexy with so much class. I learn from you all the time. "Love and support you for the rest of our lives….."

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