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Spencer Matthews: 'I took steroids out of vanity'

Spencer Matthews was forced to quit I'm a Celebrity last November Credit: I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has revealed he took steroids "completely out of vanity".

The 27-year-old was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! last year because he was taking "steroid-based medication" to beef up for a charity boxing match.

Now Matthews, speaking for the first time since leaving the jungle in November, admits it was a "costly mistake" - sparked by his desire to look good in the shower.

However, the ex-E4 regular insisted he is not addicted to the muscle-enhancers.

  • 'I made a mistake'
Matthews insists he is not addicted to steroids Credit: PA

Speaking to Radio 1's Newsbeat, Matthews said leaving I'm A Celebrity prematurely had left him "depressed".

At the time Matthews was a late entrant to the show, but left after three days reportedly on medical grounds.

I wasn't thinking properly and made a mistake. I took some pills to enhance my training.

It was quite a costly mistake in the end because the pills travelled with me to Australia and when I spoke of them I was asked to leave.

It was completely out of vanity. I just wanted to look good in the shower.

When the reality came in that I was going home on the third day, I was just absolutely devastated.

For someone that doesn't get anxious or depressed, I felt pretty anxious and depressed.

– Spencer Matthews

He added that he'd taken steroids daily during his boxing training and was under the impression recreational use was fine.

"I didn't actually believe I was doing anything wrong at the time," he said.