From being bullied on the pitch to her roaring success as Queen Of The Jungle: A look at Lioness Jill Scott’s life outside camp as she wins I’m A Celeb

She was crowned Queen Of The Jungle during Sunday night’s nail-biting I’m A Celebrity finale, beating MP Matt Hancock and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner for the title. 

A whopping 13 million votes were cast, with Jill, 35, coming out on top after winning over the hearts of the nation during her time in camp. 

Her rise to fame came at juggernaut speed this year, with her jungle stint hot on the heels of England winning the UEFA Women’s European Championship in July. 

Yet Jill comes from humble roots, growing up in Sunderland and admitting she’d often have to borrow petrol money from her parents to drive to football practise. 

Now, with Jill set to make millions off the back of various TV show and endorsement deals post-jungle, MailOnline takes a look at Jill’s life away from camp. 

Queen: Jill Scott was crowned Queen Of The Jungle during Sunday night’s nail-biting I’m A Celebrity finale , beating MP Matt Hancock and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner for the title

Her childhood as a young footballer

Jill has previously spoken of the bullying she faced as a pupil at Monkwearmouth School in Sunderland, not far from Roker Park, and being mercilessly teased because she loved playing football so much.

There were obstacles everywhere. Sometimes, Jill came home from school in tears because of the taunting but she never considered giving up. ‘I had to hear a lot of that stuff but I never told anyone about it,’ she told SportsMail.

She could have been a decent athlete. She ran for Sunderland Harriers and won the North of England Under 13 cross country title. Yet she always put football first. 

‘I never got that winning feeling from running,’ she said. ‘I had won but I hadn’t won with a team. So it was a bit of an isolated feeling. I felt better being in a team. I think my personality is very team-orientated.’

Jill opened up about her struggles during her time in camp, revealing parents of opposing football teams would taunt her. 

She recalled: ‘If I beat their precious son, they’d shout stuff at us. Like, “kick her, hack her down…” I’d come off the pitch literally in tears.’ 

Famous career: Prior to her retirement in August, Jill was longest-serving player in the England squad

Her famous football career

Prior to her retirement in August, Jill was longest-serving player in the England squad. 

Since making her international debut in 2006, she won 161 caps and played in 10 major tournaments, eight with England and two with Team GB. 

Scott tweeted about her decision: ‘Right, we’re not crying. I promised myself. I’m retiring from football. And I’m leaving with a gold medal swinging from my neck.’ 

She was part of the Lionesses team beaten 6-2 by Germany in 2009, when women’s footballers were still part-time. 

In that same year she was one of the first England players to be awarded a central contract of £16,000 a year, which permitted up to 24 hours a week of part-time work. 

Proud: The Lionesses were crowned 2022 champions in August when they defeated eight-times champions Germany to secure England’s first trophy since 1966

It was not until she joined Manchester City in 2013, nine years into her career and after spells at Sunderland and Everton, that she became a full-time professional. 

Jill’s I’m A Celeb victory caps off a momentous year for the star after she played in the winning Euros team this summer.

The Lionesses were crowned 2022 champions in August when they defeated eight-times champions Germany to secure England’s first trophy since 1966.

After 18 years in the thick of it, on the pitch at Wembley, Scott allowed herself a moment of quiet reflection. ‘We had celebrated, the streamers were going off and I was just sitting there with my medal on the grass for an hour and a half, taking it all in,’ she wrote yesterday.

‘I knew, deep in my heart, that this was it.’

Fan favourite: A whopping 13 million votes were cast, with Jill, 35, coming out on top after winning over the hearts of the nation during her time in camp

Life after the jungle  

The longest-serving player in the squad. Away from football, Scott has always had a love for coffee and last year opened her own shop ‘Boxx2Boxx’ — named after her midfield role on the pitch — just outside Manchester. 

Scott also has her own BBC podcast, Jill Scott’s Coffee Club. 

During her first TV appearance since leaving the I’m A Celeb jungle, Susanna Reid  asked whether Jill had any plans to go into television presenting and if she would even consider taking over on GMB.

Jill said: ‘I haven’t got any plans. Once I retired I should’ve really had a plan in place, so that’s how I kind of landed in the jungle. But I think your job is very safe!’


Loved-up: Jill and Shelly have been engaged since March 2020 but it is understood that they are yet to tie the knot

Love life 

Jill and Shelly have been engaged since March 2020 but it is understood that they are yet to tie the knot.

Jill announced their engagement by uploading a picture of Shelly’s hand holding a coffee while wearing her sparkling engagement ring.

The ex-footballer tagged her fiancee and wrote: ‘The best coffee so far.’

Shelly also posted the same snap and wrote in her caption: ‘Yes yes yes!!’

Engaged! Jill announced their engagement by uploading a picture of Shelly’s hand holding a coffee while wearing her sparkling engagement ring

Shelly’s sister is Jill’s former England teammate Rachel Unitt, so it is likely the couple met when the supportive sibling was coming to cheer her sister on at games.

In October 2021 Shelly shared a snap of them celebrating their fourth anniversary together, so they have now been together for five years.

Sharing a post on October 17 with the hashtag #4years, she penned, ‘It went too fast…but thanks for the best weekend! #4years #spoilt #loveyou.’

Romance: In October 2021 Shelly shared a snap of them celebrating their fourth anniversary together, so they have now been together for five years

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