ITV Im A Celeb star suffers family tragedy days before series starts

With the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here launch just around the corner, one star in the this year's line-up is sadly dealing with a family tragedy.

Former boxer Tony Bellew, 40, is reported to become a latecomer to camp, alongside fellow sports star retired Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, but is now suffering heartbreak after losing his beloved grandmother.

While it's unclear if he has already flown out to Australia, Tony, who also starred on Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins in 2020, will feel the devastating loss hard when he arrives in the jungle and everyday necessities are taken away.

The former Cruiserweight World champion shared a heartfelt tribute on social media on Saturday.

Sharing a beautiful picture of himself with his grandmother, he said: "Goodnight Nan! I’ll love you forever girl… an amazing mother to my Mum in what I can only imagine was a difficult time.

"You carried me and my three brothers like we were yours! I can’t lie it was like having 2 Mums! You always put us straight and told us off! You was the boss of our house… 97 years old! You was a lady and a boss right to the end.. I love you Nan. #RIPNan"

Fans were quick to comment and show support. One said: "I bet she told you some stories. Women like your nan are the best of us. Condolences," followed by a red heart. Another added: "Can't even being imagine what this lady saw throughout her long life. 97 is one hell of an innings. She must've had to face all sorts of adversity that folks nowadays couldn't even begin to fathom."

A third, amongst nearly 20,000 incredible comments, simply said: "Condolences. Scouse nans are the best!"

Celebrity friend Tamer Hassan added: "Sorry for your loss my friend and condolences to you and your family. May she rest in beautiful peace," and actress and fellow SAS Who Dares Wins contestant Nikki Sanderson added: "So sorry for your loss, sending you lots of love to you and your family."

Tony is still expected to join the show as planned and will join the likes of last year's latecomers Matt Hancock and Seann Walsh who tend to arrive in camp and cause disruption amongst the settled group.

The sports star will be joining a star-studded line-up including politician Nigel Farage, YouTuber Nella Rose, This Morning's Josie Gibson, actress Danielle Harold, actor Nick Pickard, celebrity chef Grace Dent, actress Jamie Lynn Spears and JLS' Marvin Humes.

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