I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’s Jake Quickenden has said he asked his co-star Carl Fogarty for permission before he proposed to his daughter Danielle.

The former X Factor contestant became friends with the motorcycling champion in the Australian jungle when they both competed in the reality show, and Quickenden has said he wanted to get his approval before he asked the big question.

Jake Quickenden and Danielle Fogarty (Hello)

He told Hello magazine: “I said, ‘I know I eat all your food but I’ll always be there for Dan and I’d love to marry her’.”

However, after he got the go-ahead from Fogarty, he was so overcome with emotion he was lost for words when he got down on one knee with an oval diamond ring on his 29th birthday.

Jake Quickenden and Danielle Fogarty (Ian West/PA)

He told the magazine: “I had a whole speech prepared, but as soon as I opened the ring box I was blubbing and I couldn’t speak.

“I didn’t even ask Danielle to marry me, but luckily she said ‘Yes’ when she saw the ring – and then she started crying too.”

Marketing executive Danielle, 26, his partner of two years, added: “Even though you didn’t say anything, I knew that this was the moment I’d been dreaming of.

“It could not have been a more perfect moment.”

Quickenden said he chose to propose at his favourite wine bar in Ribchester, near Preston, on September 3 with their families in on the secret, so that Danielle didn’t guess what he had planned.

He said: “From the moment we met, I knew I’d propose one day and I chose to do it on my birthday because I knew I could get away with being a bit sneaky.”

The couple plan to get married in 2019.


Read the full interview in Hello, which is out now.