Spencer Matthews reveals he left I'm A Celebrity jungle over 'steroid-based medication' use

Reality TV star Spencer Matthews has revealed the reason behind his swift exit from the I'm A Celebrity jungle was down to concerns over his steroid use.

In a frank statement released today the 26-year-old admitted he had "screwed up" and that his bags had to be packed after he admitted to the show's production team that he was taking "a steroid-based medication".

He said:

Why did I leave I’m a Celebrity after just three days? The simple answer is that I screwed up, and have some explaining to do. Shortly after I arrived in Australia I told the production team that I was taking a steroid-based medication that had begun some weeks ago. When I started taking this programme of pills it was in preparation for a charity boxing match which, ironically, never took place. Vanity, I suppose, had been the reason for wanting to bulk up a bit for the fight. I had intended to come off the pills gradually, but there was no time to do this before I reached the jungle. My admission to the production team that I was still taking these pills led to the conclusion that it would be unsafe for me to stay in the jungle - a decision which I found extremely hard to stomach. >I pushed back but ultimately the show's duty of care prevailed and bags had to be packed.

Spencer Matthews
Matthews says he was taking 'steroid-based medication' in preparation for a charity boxing match Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Posting on Twitter this afternoon the Made in Chelsea star apologised to his family, friends and fans for disappointing them.

Matthews, who was a late entrant to the Australia-based show, had only been in the jungle for two days and had not even made it into the main camp before he was forced to leave "on medical grounds" on Friday.