I’m A Celebrity’s Nigel Farage makes first public appearance with girlfriend Laure Ferrari as French politician proudly poses with former UKIP leader after he finishes series in third place

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By Robert Fofana

Nigel Farage was greeted by his girlfriend Laure Ferrari after he finished I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in third place on Sunday.

The former UKIP leader, 59, made it to the final three campmates alongside ex Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 31, and retired boxer Tony Bellew, 41.

On hearing the news he would be leaving the jungle, Nigel said: ‘Thank you very much,’ and to his fellow finalists he added: ‘Well done, boys.’

After walking across the rope bridge to meet show hosts Ant McParlin and Declan Donnelly, Nigel left the camp for the very last time to meet his French politician girlfriend Laure, 44, with the moment being the couple’s first public appearance together.

Nigel stood with his arm around Laure as she proudly turned to pose for pictures with her partner.

I’m A Celebrity’s Nigel Farage makes first public appearance with girlfriend Laure Ferrari as French politician proudly poses with former UKIP leader after he finishes series in third place

Nigel Farage was greeted by his girlfriend Laure Ferrari after he finished I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in third place on Sunday

Nigel stood with his arm around Laure as she proudly turned to pose for pictures with her partner

Nigel stood with his arm around Laure as she proudly turned to pose for pictures with her partner

Nigel has been romantically linked to Laure, a French right wing politician since 2017 after she moved into his £4million Georgian home in Chelsea and was seen taking the bins out.

At the time Nigel dismissed the idea of an affair as ‘crackers’ as he had just announced the separation from his wife of 18 years, Kirsten.

Laure, who is 15 years Farage’s junior, met the politician 10 years earlier in 2007 when she was working as a waitress in Strasbourg.

After the exchange with the then 28-year-old, Nigel appointed her as a parliamentary assistant in charge of environmental issues in the UK – her first job in politics.

In 2017 – right when she moved in with Nigel as a ‘lodger’ – she headed up a Eurosceptic think tank which was accused of illegally diverting £400,000 of public money to UKIP – before the UK General Election and Brexit referendum.

Amid these accusations, the pair were seen enjoying a drink at a London pub together locked in conversation before both discreetly exiting a chauffeur-driven Range Rover.

It was reported that ‘Farage’s attention was only on one woman all night’ but they appeared cautious to be seen together with Farage continually denying claims of a romantic relationship.

During the final, Nigel faced his biggest fear yet as he took on the final Bushtucker Trial of the series during Sunday night’s episode.

Nigel has been romantically linked to Laure, a French right wing politician since 2017 after she moved into his £4million Georgian home in Chelsea and was seen taking the bins out

Nigel has been romantically linked to Laure, a French right wing politician since 2017 after she moved into his £4million Georgian home in Chelsea and was seen taking the bins out

Laure, who is 15 years Farage's junior, met the politician 10 years earlier in 2007 when she was working as a waitress in Strasbourg

Laure, who is 15 years Farage’s junior, met the politician 10 years earlier in 2007 when she was working as a waitress in Strasbourg

After the exchange with the then 28-year-old, Nigel appointed her as a parliamentary assistant in charge of environmental issues in the UK - her first job in politics

After the exchange with the then 28-year-old, Nigel appointed her as a parliamentary assistant in charge of environmental issues in the UK – her first job in politics

Nigel Farage, 59, has finished I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in third place after falling behind Tony Bellew and Sam Thompson

Nigel Farage, 59, has finished I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in third place after falling behind Tony Bellew and Sam Thompson

Nigel faced his biggest fear yet as he took on the final Bushtucker Trial of the 2023 I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! series on Sunday night

Nigel faced his biggest fear yet as he took on the final Bushtucker Trial of the 2023 I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! series on Sunday night

The politician took part in Panic Pit in the hope to win the three finalists desserts, himself a drink and a treat. 

Nigel made it to the final three on Saturday night alongside former Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 31, and boxer Tony Bellew, 41, after This Morning’s Josie Gibson was voted out by the public. 

After managing 23 days in camp, Nigel spoke to Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly about his jungle journey.

Speaking about his journey, Nigel said: ‘Because I had time to do it, 60 next birthday and I’m going to reach an age where I won’t be able to do it [the show]. Very pleased I did it, I did my best to show no fear at all, I gave you nothing.

‘I’m not surprised. I’m absolutely thrilled. Not everyone likes the stuff I campaigned for but no matter what people think I mucked in, threw myself into camp. But if you asked me would I do it again, I think I probably would!

‘Obviously there were people there with different views but I did think I managed to persuade them that we can respect the right to have different views. We had proper debates, no screaming, no big fall outs and I hope they understand.

‘The different backgrounds, different ages was a delight. I learnt that I can control fear in a way that I didn’t even know that I could.’

Upon hearing his exit, fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter to discuss Nigel coming in third place, penning he has been ‘fantastic’ on the show.

Congratulating Nigel, viewers wrote: ‘Say what you want, Nigel Farage has been a fantastic contestant.

Upon hearing his exit, fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter to discuss Nigel coming in third place, penning he has been 'fantastic' on the show

Upon hearing his exit, fans took to X, formerly known as Twitter to discuss Nigel coming in third place, penning he has been ‘fantastic’ on the show

The former politician took part in Panic Pit in the hope to win the three finalists desserts, himself a drink and a treat

Nigel made it to the final three on Saturday night alongside former Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 31, and boxer Tony Bellew, 41, after This Morning's Josie Gibson was voted out by the public

Nigel made it to the final three on Saturday night alongside former Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, 31, and boxer Tony Bellew, 41, after This Morning’s Josie Gibson was voted out by the public

After managing 23 days in camp, Nigel spoke to Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly about his jungle journey

After managing 23 days in camp, Nigel spoke to Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly about his jungle journey

‘Regardless of who he is etc. Nigel Farage has been a great camp mate’.

‘I will never agree with Nigel Farage’s political views but think him going on #I’mACeleb will have changed peoples perceptions of him’.

‘Our King of the Jungle. Congratulations’

‘I was very impressed with Nigel Farage in the jungle. I think he came across as quite a sound guy’. 

During the terrifying trial, Nigel had to remain in the pit for the duration of time and was joined by snakes. 

Ant explained: ‘This is Panic Pit. For every two minutes you stay down there you win a star. Five stars on offer so that’s 10 minutes in total. But of course, you’re not going to be alone down there.’

Dec added: ‘The first three stars are for desserts for camp. The fourth star is for your drink, the fifth star is for your treat.’

As it began, Ant said: ‘You’ve got company now, Nigel.’

Tony and Sam were watching on as Nigel attempted to win them something sweet for dinner. 

Sam said: ‘Oh, it’s a snake!’

Checking in on Nigel half way through his time, Dec asked: ‘Are you OK Nigel?’

Nigel replied: ‘Yeah, fine thanks, having a lovely time.’

Towards the end of the final trial of the series, the lights went out leaving the former UKIP leader in complete darkness. 

After he earned the star for his drink, Nigel said: ‘Bloody lovely.’

Once the time was up Nigel managed to complete the Trial with a full house earning all five stars.

Nigel made it to the final three on Saturday night alongside former Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson , 31, and boxer Tony Bellew, 41, after This Morning's Josie Gibson was voted out

Nigel made it to the final three on Saturday night alongside former Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson , 31, and boxer Tony Bellew, 41, after This Morning’s Josie Gibson was voted out 

During the terrifying trial, Nigel had to remain in the pit for the duration of time and was joined by snakes before the lights were switched off

During the terrifying trial, Nigel had to remain in the pit for the duration of time and was joined by snakes before the lights were switched off 

Once the time was up Nigel managed to complete the Trial with a full house earning all five stars for the campmates desserts, drink and treat

Once the time was up Nigel managed to complete the Trial with a full house earning all five stars for the campmates desserts, drink and treat

He said: ‘I didn’t flinch!’

Winning all five stars in his final challenge had seen him enjoy a starter of tuna sashimi, roasted duck and fine red wine for his main, and an apple tart with cream for dessert. 

Earlier in the ITV show, Sam and Tony took on separate trials to win starters, main courses, drinks and treats. 

Tony took on the first trial of the day, Stakeout, to win the first three starters for their last meal in the jungle. 

Ant explained: ‘This is ‘Stakeout’. You’re going to be strapped down to the giant plate and you must stay on it and endure the jungle critters that will join you on there.

‘For every two minutes you manage to stay on the plate that’s a star up for grabs.’

Dec added: ‘The first three stars you win are for starters for you and your other campmates. The fourth is for your drink of choice tonight and the fifth is for a very special treat for yourself.’

As soon as the trial started, Tony shouted: ‘Why am I picked for this? This is a joke.’

However, he managed to face the critters and earn all the stars. 

Sam took on the second trial, Bonanza, to win the main course for the other celebrities.

Facing the eating trial, he was presented with five dishes, the first being a witchetty grub which he didn’t even hesitate to eat. 

Next up, Sam had to eat a section of camel’s toe to win Tony’s main course before facing a fish eye and a scorpion.

Meanwhile Tony took on the first trial of the day, Stakeout, to win the final three starters for their last meal in the jungle

Meanwhile Tony took on the first trial of the day, Stakeout, to win the final three starters for their last meal in the jungle

Sam took on the second trial, Bonanza, a eating trial where he had to eat witchetty grub, camel toe, pig's vagina and a camel's penis

Sam took on the second trial, Bonanza, a eating trial where he had to eat witchetty grub, camel toe, pig’s vagina and a camel’s penis

To earn his drink the radio presenter had to eat a pig’s vagina, Sam said: ‘I don’t think I can do that one…’

To encourage the reality star, the others started singing JLS’s Everybody In Love to try and help Sam through it. 

Completing his final trial of the series, Sam faced a camel’s penis, Nigel encouraged his: ‘Don’t look at it, just do it.’ 

Sam earned all five stars meaning the finalists got to enjoy a three course meal with a drink and a treat for their last night in the jungle. 

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