Kellie Maloney has revealed she was rushed to hospital after she collapsed on the set of Celebrity MasterChef over ‘mental exhaustion’.
The former boxing promoter, 66, said she ‘fell to the floor’ mid-way through filming scenes for the current edition of the competition show before paramedics took her to a health centre, where she spent nine hours in recovery.
Transgender star Kellie shared: ‘Mentally I got exhausted. I wanted to go home but they wanted some more filming.’
Terrifying ordeal: Kellie Maloney has revealed she was rushed to hospital after she collapsed on the set of Celebrity MasterChef over ‘mental exhaustion’
The Peckham native detailed how her fellow celebrities and judges – including the likes of Vicky Pattison and Paul Hollywood – rushed to support her during the incident, before healthcare specialists took her to hospital in an ambulance.
Kellie told The Mirror: ‘When they took my blood pressure I was 240 over 180. The paramedic said they couldn’t believe I hadn’t had a stroke.
‘I was there for nine hours. I can’t remember much about that day. But I got some nice texts from Vicky and Greg [Rutherford] checking I was okay.’
A spokesperson for the show said: ‘Duty of care is priority for Masterchef so all contestants have a member of the crew with them at all times to help with any issues – including medical concerns – which we always respond to as needed and indeed did so in Kellie’s case.’
Incident: The former boxing promoter, 66, said she ‘fell to the floor’ mid-way through filming scenes for the current edition of the competition show (pictured in May 2019)
In care: Paramedics took her to a health centre, where she spent nine hours in recovery (pictured in May 2015)
This year’s series kicked off on BBC One earlier this month, and features actress Élizabeth Bourgine, former TOWIE star Joey Essex, Love Island’s Alex George, radio presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams, lawyer Judge Jules, comedian Josie Long and Strictly’s Oti Mabuse.
Gogglebox’s Dominic Parker, TV personality Vicky, Motown legend Martha Reeves, designer Zandra Rhodes, former sportsman Neil Ruddock, Olympic champion Greg, The Chase’s Jenny Ryan, weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, radio host Mim Shaikh, boxer Dillian Whyte and EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt also complete the line-up.
Long-distance runner Andy Grant was the first contestant to be booted from the series.
MailOnline has contacted BBC representatives for further comment.
Earlier this month, Kellie revealed she attempted suicide after falling in with the wrong crowd and missing her previous life as Frank.
She said she was mixing with the wrong friends which lead to doubts over her transition.
The former sporting manager slipped into depression and loneliness and was rushed to hospital after taking a cocktail of painkillers and alcohol at her villa in Portugal, according to The Sun.
CBB star Kellie shared she does not regret undergoing gender reassignment surgery, but previously fell into a dark place and began having doubts.
She said she missed her old glamorous life as a boxing promoter, which in her heyday saw her manage world undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis from 1989 until the fighter retired in 2003.
Close-knit line-up: The Peckham native detailed how her fellow celebrities and judges – including the likes of Vicky Pattison (pictured) and Paul Hollywood – rushed to support her
Since announcing her gender reassignment plans in 2014, Kellie has had to distance herself from the sport after some mocked her decision.
One night she said she woke up top find herself tied to a hospital bed after collapsing from taking tablets including painkillers for her pet dog.
She told the publication : ‘It’s about how I deal with them [dark thoughts]. That’s what I’ve got under control. I still struggle with my sexuality, and I probably always will. I’ve never woken up next to somebody as Kellie.
‘I still don’t really know if I want to meet a male or a female partner – and I struggle with being accepted. But I know that I do have a good life compared to many other trans people.
‘I was frightened to tell people how I felt. I was drinking, saying stupid things, living my life through a wine bottle. I think it’s always going to be in my mind that this could happen again.’
She added: ‘I