Kian Egan is a contestant on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity..Get Me Out Of Here 2013!
Date of Birth: 29 April 1980
Phobias: None but the coffin challenge is, for me, the worst one
Missing any special occasions: Thankfully no.
Relationship status: Married
As a former member of the chart-topping band, Westlife, Kian Egan is used to travelling around the world, but he admits the hardest thing about taking part on I’m a Celebrity is being separated from his son.
The pop star reveals he is going to find it incredibly tough not being able to see or speak to Koa, who turns two in December, and he isn’t sure if he will be able to keep his emotions in check or not.
The loving dad of one says: “Without a shadow of doubt, the hardest thing is going to be being away from my boy.
“I am not going to be able to see him or know what is going on with him. That will be tough.
“I went away recently on a surfing holiday with some friends for two weeks, but at least I could still see my son and his progression. I am going to miss him so much. “I have been away from my wife, Jodi, before but again it is going to be very difficult to not have any contact.
“I am an emotional guy and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens (cry in the jungle). It is going to be a very tough environment with lack of communication. Not being in contact is hard.”
And yet although he knows he will find the separation difficult, Kian is determined to enjoy every second of his time on I’m A Celebrity. Describing himself as adventurous, the star – who regularly goes surfing, bungee jumping, parachute jumping, mountaineering and climbing – admits he has been so determined to prepare the best he can for his jungle experience that he has even been rationing his intake of food before he jets out to Australia.
“I am trying to prepare myself the best as I can,” he explains. “I have started not eating as much as I want to shrink my stomach a bit. It’s a conscious decision I needed to make. I have been told that most people eat loads and loads before they go in and then they have a swollen belly. But I want to try. It’s hard to tell whether I will shrink my stomach enough but I have tried.
“I am ok on sleep too. If I have six hours a night, I can generally cope.
“But doing this show is really exciting. For me, I have had so many amazing opportunities in my life thanks to Westlife and I see this as another one. Camping in the jungle for three weeks is a pretty cool thing to do.”
Given he is so adventurous, it is no surprise to learn that Kian won’t be running scared from any creepy crawlies.
“I don’t have any major phobias,” he admits. “I am not afraid of confined spaces and I am not afraid of the dark either. The worst challenge is the coffin one but I will definitely do the eating challenge (if asked). I will shove it in my gob, chew on it and eat it. Everyone is relying on you so much.” So how does he see his role in the camp? Will he be bursting into song and encouraging his fellow celebrities to re-create some of the Westlife tracks?
“Definitely not, replies Kian,” Smiling, he adds: “ I really hope I am not pushed into that category of entertainer. I don’t see myself as that. I can cook and I think conversation is key.
“I will try to make as many friends as possible. Everyone always gravitates towards certain people but I want to get to know everyone and hear their stories. I will try and come up with wacky ideas to keep everyone entertained. Who knows?”
The gregarious star doesn’t think he will be too argumentative. “If somebody is being bullied, then it is difficult not to speak out,” he says. “But I would like to think I will sit back and not argue with people.”
He also reckons he will learn a lot about himself during his time in the camp.
“From my perspective it is going to be nice to go in as an individual and people can see me as me. That’s a really nice thing to be able to do. It’s such a strange environment to be in and I am sure I am going to learn a lot about myself. I am also looking forward to not having a mobile or iPad with me.”
As for whether he will do absolutely anything to be crowned King of the jungle, Kian insists he definitely does not have a game plan.
“Of course it would be amazing to win it but my aim is to go in and have a good time,” he adds. “It’s a big adventure and I am really looking forward to the whole experience.
“Television is what I want to do now.
“My wife, Jodi, is really supportive. She thinks I will be able to cope with it very well.
“I’ve watched this show for so many years and I love it.”