I’m A Celebrity 2012: Helen Flanagan’s worried about backlash at home, saying, “How can I be hated? I didn’t do anything bad!”

by Lynn Rowlands

I’m A Celebrity is of course now over for another year, so all the celebrity contestants are heading back home, including Helen Flanagan, who’s apparently been finding it tough going since she left the jungle…

As we reported yesterday, there are rumours that her relationship with footballer Scott Sinclair may be on the rocks – given she hasn’t spoken to him in weeks as he’s reportedly not taking her calls – and Helen is worried about the reception she’s going to receive back in the UK over claims that she acted like “a spoilt brat” during her time on the show.

Fans will recall that for the first few days of the show, Helen was voted to do every Bushtucker trial, and until she faced Deadly Discoveries – and went through a total turnabout from “wimp to warrior” – she failed to win even one meal for camp…

However, while speaking to the Daily Star about some of the abusive messages she’s received on Twitter and other social networking sites, worried Helen said, “How can I be hated? I didn’t do anything bad.”

She added, “I’m a nice girl. I’d never do anything dishonest. It’s not in me, so how can I be hated?

“I’m not a bad person. You can’t hate someone just because I was scared of the trials. It’s not nice to hate someone because they were scared.

“Honestly, I’ve never done anything wrong in there apart from be scared in the trials.”

And as we also reported at the weekend, Helen recently revealed that at the height of her depression, while she was still starring on Coronation Street as Rosie Webster, she even contemplated suicide, so the backlash from her time on I’m A Celeb may well make her anxiety issues very much worse.

Speaking about how she was tempted to end her life, Helen said, “One day I was on the Corrie set and a cast member [joking about her medication] said: ‘Helen Flanagan rattles when she walks.’

“It hurt me and I went home and cried my eyes out. I stopped taking my meds for a year and a half and I didn’t tell anyone.

“It was the worst thing I could have done and I was up and down and it spiralled out of control.

“One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I just crashed my car and it was all over?’

“After that I knew I had to quit Corrie and get some help.”

Now hoping for job offers on the back of her jungle stint, Helen said, “I just want to work as much as possible. Any work will do.”

Here’s a reminder of her exit interview with Ant and Dec…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.