Nella Rose and Fred Sirieix
Nella Rose and Fred Sirieix appeared to have reconciled (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

I’m A Celebrity fans have breathed a collective sigh of relief as Nella Rose and Fred Sirieix appeared to bury the hatchet after a distressing clash.

The relationship between the campmates became strained after First Dates star Fred, 51, said he felt like her dad because of their age gap as the YouTuber is 26.

Nella, however, who lost both parents at a young age, said she felt ‘disrespected’ by the comments when the Road Trip presenter apologised.

While she accepted the maitre d’s sorry, she told him: told him: ‘I don’t want to eat no food that you’re cooking, don’t talk to me, you stay over there, I stay over here and we can live.’

But on Thursday’s night episode, the celebrities were set the Locker Shocker challenge, with the winning five campmates moving to a new luxury camp.

Both Nella and Fred were among the five celebrities who aced the task, forcing them to live in a more intimate setting.

Nella Rose and Fred Sirieix
Nella and Fred have turned a corner since their disagreement (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Nella Rose
Nella was left upset after Fred remarked he could be her dad (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

But it was long before the previously feuding duo reconciled, opting to volunteer in a challenge called Slam Dunk’d, much to the delight of Danielle Harold.

In the Bush Telegraph, the EastEnders actor exclaimed: ‘Fred and Nella have both volunteered to go out for the challenge today… I reckon this will bond them even closer.’

Nella and Fred went head-to-head with Hollyoaks actor Nick Pickard and JLS star Marvin Humes from the losing camp, with the prize being a slap-up breakfast.

Fred Sirieix
Fred had apologised profusely over the remarks (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Fortunately for world order, Nella and Fred smashed the task and even shared a high-five as they gleefully returned back to camp as champions.

ITV viewers on X, formerly known as Twitter, were thrilled the feud had been ‘squashed’, with many predicting they would now become ‘best friends.’

One delighted fan enthused: ‘Ahhh that put a smile on my face I’m glad man! Nella and Fred smashed that#ImACeleb.’

‘You guys are more bothered about the Nella and Fred beef more than they are. you can get over it now #ImACeleb,’ another commented.

A third raved: ‘Nella and Fred shooting hoops acting like besties wasn’t the plot twist I was expecting this evening #imaceleb.’

There had been online backlash to Nella’s response to the row, which TV star London Hughes said on X was loaded with ‘racial prejudice.’

The comedian, 34, wrote: ‘Whether you choose to believe it isn’t my problem. But there’s real hatred in these tweets aimed at Nella! It’s dripping with racial prejudice.

‘Words like ”sub-human” and “disgusting animal” to describe a black girl you disagree with on a family entertainment show? Really?’

London is not the only celebrity to have defended Nella’s reaction to Fred, with Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter calling him a ‘weirdo.

She said on the ITV show: ‘In Nella’s defence, I found Fred incredibly patronising,’ she began.

‘I mean, he’s not serving food in a restaurant now, he’s not dealing with difficult customers.

‘I can see that what he said to her could’ve offended her and also, looking at her backstory, her parents came from the Congo, they went to Belgium, both of her parents died within a few months of each other…’

Janet continued: ‘It’s not Fred’s fault and he will not be aware of it, but that will inform how she reacts to him.’

Fred’s First Dates co-stars Cici Coleman and Laura Tott, meanwhile, previously said on This Morning that arguments in a ‘pressure cooker’ environment were inevitable.

Cici said: ‘They are going to have moments where things are misconstrued, misunderstood and it’s normal, things will happen.’

I’m A Celebrity continues tomorrow on ITV and ITVX at 9pm.

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