I’m A Celebrity’s Richard Madeley addressed health fears before asking ‘is this it?’

Richard Madeley has been rushed to hospital
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Speaking to Woman magazine in February this year, he said: "One morning we look in the mirror and ask, 'Where did it go? How long do I have left?’"

Richard opened up on the gnawing anxiety that comes with moments of forgetfulness.

His mother, Mary Claire, was sadly diagnosed with dementia three years before her death in 2015 – leaving the presenter concerned whenever he forgets something.

Richard spoke about the creeping anxiety that comes with forgetfulness and what it could signify.

"If it ever happens to me, I would want to meet it head on. I would want to go down fighting," he explained.

“People of my generation are twitchy. We pounce on the slightest memory lapse or moment of forgetfulness and ask ourselves, 'Is this it? Is this the start of something major?'"

Richard and Judy have always been by each other's side

Richard's sudden illness will be particularly concerning for wife Judy Finnigan, who has been married to her TV co-host for 35 years.

He was in isolation for two weeks before he even headed into the castle and spoke about how terribly he would miss his wife.

This is the longest time they have ever spent apart and the first ever year Richard has missed their wedding anniversary.

"On Sunday, which is when the first show goes out, that's our 35th wedding anniversary actually," he said.

"So that'll be the first wedding anniversary that I've missed and it's a big one. I gave her a present before we left and a card which she will open on the day. We're going to really miss each other. I'll miss her a huge amount.

"I spend every day of my life with her, either working with her or in the house. So yeah, I'm already feeling strangely dislocated. She's my right arm and she's not here."

Richard struggled to find the stars in the trial
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His hospital dash comes just one day after he competed in the Kitchen Nightmares trial, which proved quite the challenge but not for the usual reasons.

Richard was completely fine with putting his hand in holes filled with critter and diving headfirst into rotten fruit and fish guts.

But he came unstuck inside the sewer-like pipe because he struggled to find the stars – and those he did were 'impossible" to get into his bag.

Richard let out a "holy moly" as fish guts and offal rained down on him as he failed to unknot the string on the stars that he did find.

He questioned who had tied the knots so incredibly tight while giggling Ant and Dec watched on from the sidelines.

After only collecting four stars, a disheartened Richard trudged back into camp and explained how difficult he had found the trial.

Before going into the castle, Richard said he would be up for anything and wouldn't mind cleaning the toilet.

The former This Morning host revealed he won't be phased by the gruesome dunny due to having to deal with an outdoor lavatory throughout his childhood.

Speaking to The Mirror, Richard admitted that he sees the ITV series as a "great big party with silly forfeit games".

"I think going on this program, it’s a bit like going to a great big party with silly forfeit games, and that’s how I’m regarding it," he explained.

"I’m regarding it very much as a piece of entertainment, not just for people watching it, but for me doing it."

*I'm A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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