Kian Egan’s camp-mates toasted him with champagne when he became King of the Jungle.
On the other side of the world, in his native Sligo, mum Patricia settled for a cup of tea in celebration.
She watched Kian’s coronation with his sister and brother, Marielle and Colm, and her sister and brother-in-law, Imelda and Tom Rouse.
When he won I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, they were “absolutely delighted”, she said.
“I raised a cup to tea to him,” said Patricia. “There was one tinge of sadness: His father, Kevin, wasn’t there to see it.” Kevin died in July 2009.
“If he was still here we probably would have gone out to Australia to welcome Kian out of the jungle” said Patricia. “But I wouldn’t go on my own.
“When Kian told me he was going to do the series I was a bit worried. Well, he was going into the jungle and like any other mother I was worried for him.
“Kian has a great personality. Nothing fazes him and I think that’s what came through in the show.”
Kian, the middle of seven children, also showed he was a good cook.
Patricia may have had something to do with that. “As a child he was always helping me when I baked apple tarts,” she said.
“But he only developed as a cook when he became an adult. When he went out into the world and went travelling he really developed a taste for cooking. He absolutely loves it.”
At first Patricia believed Joey Essex or Lucy Pargeter would be the winner.
She said: “I thought the Emmerdale viewers would see her through. But there was obviously great support for Kian from the Westlife fans.
“Fans we hadn’t heard from in years were sending texts from Germany and as far away as Thailand wishing Kian well.”
Kian phoned him mum early yesterday. She said: “I said ‘Egan, you did it again.’ I sometimes call him Egan. He told me Jodi [Albert, his wife] was delighted.
“I am not at all surprised they were so emotional when they first embraced on the foot-bridge at the end of the show. They love each other very much.”
Patricia expects Kian and Jodi home at the weekend to help her prepare for Christmas with her seven children and their partners.
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