Interrogation: Barker's Interior; Changing Rooms Designer Linda Barker, 41, Was the Undisputed Queen of the Jungle in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! This Year. but How's She Adjusting to Her New Role as a Sex Kitten?

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Interrogation: Barker's Interior; Changing Rooms Designer Linda Barker, 41, Was the Undisputed Queen of the Jungle in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! This Year. but How's She Adjusting to Her New Role as a Sex Kitten?


Byline: Naomi Greenaway

How are you enjoying your raunchy new status? Linda Barker: Hysterical but fantastic. I don't have a whole new image though - I'm exactly the same person I was before I went on I'm A Celebrity, but if people want to call me a sex kitten, that's great.

So what about those sexy shots you've done?

LB: It's just photography - I thought it would be a bit of a giggle and it was. I find it flattering that people want to see me looking like that. I'm not shy about it, otherwise I wouldn't do it.

What do your family think of seeing you wrapped in just a feather boa?

LB: Jessica, my 10-year-old daughter, doesn't have a problem with it. If anything, she thinks it's quite cool. My husband Chris is really proud.

How did you get into shape before I'm A Celebrity?

LB: I've always been sporty. I've had a running machine for years and I do a bit of yoga. There were only two weeks between deciding to go on the show and leaving for the jungle so I didn't have time to do anything special.

Did you say yes to the offer of I'm A Celebrity straight away?

LB: No, initially I was very torn. One part of me thought it would be great but it also could have been dreadful. I knew I'd be comfortable in the jungle environment because I'm an outdoors girl, and being with nine strangers didn't worry me either, but you never know how these things will turn out.

Did it change you?

LB: I came out stronger, mentally and physically. It was a real confidence boost to know so many people were voting to keep you in. It was flattering but it hasn't made me big-headed.

Was there sexual chemistry between you and Phil Tufnell?

LB: No, not at all. I knew before I went in that we'd get on. We met on a photo shoot and we recognised the same characteristics in each other. We're both level-headed and straightforward and that's why our friendship worked. The same can be said for Antony Worrall Thompson.

Were you shocked by the gossip it caused?

LB: I had a feeling something might be said because Phil and I did get on really well, and it's that boy-girl thing that the press love, but I was amazed at the extent of the fuss. Strangers in the street kept asking, `So what's this with you and Phil?' It was funny to start with - the headline `Flirty Linda snubs hubby' made Chris and I laugh - but it got a bit irritating when people thought it was serious.

Tell us an I'm A Celebrity secret.

LB: We were asked to give all our contraband up but Antony kept back some spices. We were all saying how much we loved beans, but actually it was Antony's secret spices we loved. I found out when I was helping in the kitchen once and I asked what he was sprinkling on the beans. He said it was salt and gave me a big wink.

Who from I'm A Celebrity would you least like to be stranded on a desert island with?

LB: It's difficult, but it would have to be Wayne Sleep because I have the least in common with him.

Whose numbers do you still have in your mobile phone?

LB: Fash, Catalina and Danniella. I don't have Phil's number in my phone but I still speak to him. They're all good mates but unfortunately I don't get to see them that often. I'm incredibly busy and I like to spend my down time with my family.

Would you ever go on Celebrity Big Brother?

LB: Never - being locked up in a house with nothing to do is boring, whereas the jungle was an incredibly stimulating environment to live in. …

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