“He’s so beautiful, isn’t he?” Abbie says to the camera.
“Honestly, I will not stand for an iota of Matt slander, he is the nicest man I’ve ever met,” she revealed.
“He was so beautiful to me. No matter what anyone says, he was so hot, and smart, and funny. You know, we love Matt.
“Just, you know, too bad it didn’t work out,” Abbie said reflectively.
“We can’t force people to love us, you know. I wish we could,” she laughed.
She laughed while admitting that the age she was while on the show, 23, was actually quite young in hindsight.
“See, he still defended me,” she said of Matt.
“He’s so beautiful … love him, hope he’s doing well,” she added kindly.
Abbie also took the opportunity to reveal some emotional moments that went on behind the scenes.
After having an on-screen chat with Matt’s friend, Kate, she revealed she had cried for an hour in the car on the way back to the accommodation in South Africa, where the finale was shot.
“We had to pull over when we saw random animals so I had to stop crying, I was like a baby, because of how hideous this was,” she admitted.
Abbie continued to watch the part where she tells Matt’s friends she loved him.
“That was legitimate, I loved him, I still care about him a lot,” she said.
“Who’s the only one defending him online? Do I see every other contestant writing s**t about him online? Yeah, I do.
“Who’s the one defending him constantly and saying how lovely he is?” she asked rhetorically.
Although Abbie was the runner-up on Matt's season, she went on to win I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here! in 2020.
She also works as an influencer and hosts It's A Lot, her podcast.