He was forced to defend his friendship with campmate Simone Holtznagel upon his release from the South African jungle and now, AFL legend Josh Gibson tells WHO that Lisa Oldfield’s comments about his relationship with the model were just “a laugh.”
WHO: Lisa Oldfield caused quite a stir when she said that you and fellow campmate Simone had a jungle romance going on. How do you feel about this?
JOSH GIBSON: Lisa is all fun and tongue in cheek and she just thought that she would just come out and cause a bit of a stir and have a laugh as that’s Lisa’s personality and although I’m sure you all got really excited by her comments, unfortunately there’s no truth to them.
WHO: So, you are an eligible bachelor then?
JOSH GIBSON: I am definitely single. I went into the jungle single and came out of the jungle single so nothing as changed. Sim and I were just good friends, she was the second person I met going in – her, myself and Pete all had a really close bond as that’s who we met first and did our first little challenge together so she’s like a sister in there and that was it. There was only one romance in the jungle and that was Ron and Brenda.
WHO: Now that you’ve done I’m A Celebrity, could a spin on The Bachelor be possible?
JOSH GIBSON: I just literally just walked out of the door of here [I’m A Celeb], I can honestly say that I have never thought in my life about doing The Bachelor, never crossed my mind.
WHO: The jungle gives you a lot of time to reflect and many celebs have remarked that it has lead to re-evaluating their life. How did your time in the jungle affect you?
JOSH GIBSON: You do get a lot of downtime in there and get to think about a lot of things. I don’t really know if I re-evaluated my life as I’ve got no regrets, I’m lucky I’ve had a fantastic football career, really happy to have the team success we had so there was definitely no regrets there and I’m just really looking forward to the next chapter and I think my time in the jungle... you know because I’m quite a manic OCD person, I think that it helped in terms of learning that you can’t control all situations all the time and you don’t need to be manic and relax, so I think it’s helped me become calmer because as a footballer you’re always on edge and pressure to perform and things like that, so I think it taught me to chill out and relax a little bit which is a good thing. I also thoroughly enjoyed being away from phones and things like that, having genuine conversations and really interacting with people so I thoroughly loved my time in there as much as it as tough at times, really tough, I’m so glad I got to do this experience and one that I’ll cherish forever.
WHO: What was the hardest part of being in the jungle?
JOSH GIBSON: The hardest part about being in the jungle was definitely, there’s a lot of downtime and myself, I do like to spend time by myself and it’s hard to do that in there. I was joking before, I was like ‘you’re not allowed to go off and walk by yourself in case you get attacked by snakes and baboons’, so if you’re going anyway you have to go in twos, so that’s a hard aspect of it. That was really hard, not being able to do things by myself.
WHO: Food is pretty limited for you in the jungle so did you find that you lost weight?
JOSH GIBSON: Finding energy to come out and do trials and things like that when you haven’t eaten much is very challenging. I went in at 92kg and I came out at 83.9kg. I was training pretty hard before I went [in] so I didn’t put on any weight – 92 is what I played at during my football career so to think that I could get down to 84kg… I never thought I’d come out at that figure.