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 January 17

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I’m A Celebrity’s Grant Denyer shares throwbacks images presenting co-star Jack Vidgen with the Australia’s Got Talent trophy in 2011… before wishing his ‘brave’ friend happy birthday

By Caleb Taylor For Daily Mail Australia

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Grant Denyer has paid a gushing tribute to co-star Jack Vidgen for his 24th birthday. 

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Grant shared a number of grabs from him presenting Jack with the winning Australia’s Got Talent trophy back in 2011. 

Grant wrote: ‘From calling out your name as the Australia’s Got Talent WINNER in 2011, to standing beside you in the jungle watching you kick absolute a**.’

Pals: IAC’s Grant Denyer shared throwbacks images presenting co-star Jack Vidgen with the Australia’s Got Talent trophy on Sunday, before wishing his ‘brave’ friend a happy birthday

He continued: ‘I’m so proud of you Jack and the smart, funny, brave and compassionate young man you’ve become. 

‘So proud. You have been the star of the Jungle and an inspiration to many because of your exceptional qualities. Happy birthday my man. Love you.’

Grant worked as host of Australia’s Got Talent back in 2011, with him first meeting Jack when he was just a teenager.

Tribute: ‘I’m so proud of you Jack and the smart, funny, brave and compassionate young man you’ve become,’ Grant wrote about Jack. Pictured: on AGT, 2011

Grant wife, Chezzi Denyer, also offered her sincere congratulations to the singer: ‘Happy birthday Jack you beautiful soul. We love you.’ 

On Friday, the singer oozed confidence when he was spotted alongside a number of friends at celebrity hot spot, Bondi Icebergs. 

He wore a showstopping baby pink suit, which he teamed with a crisp white T-shirt. He finished the outfit with a pair of scuffed white joggers. 

Close: Grant’s wife Chezzi Denyer (L) also wished Jack a happy birthday: ‘Happy birthday Jack you beautiful soul. We love you’

Jack has gained a renewed fan base by becoming a breakout star on I’m A Celebrity. He has been praised by fans for being so open and honest.    

He revealed on last Sunday’s episode that he ‘probably would have been ready’ to come out (as gay) sooner, had he not been thrust into the spotlight.

‘I feel like I probably would have been ready to come out earlier. But probably because, just everything that happened and being known and in the public… and also [Australia’s Got Talent],’ Jack told co-star Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico.

Emotional moment: Jack has been praised by fans for his raw honesty on the show, speaking about his sexuality struggles and his complicated relationship with his mother

Jack revealed how he had a girlfriend from age 17 to 19, that was more of a ‘glorified friendship’, and felt ready to come out as gay when he started seeing his ex again.

‘Oh it was incredible,’ he said of how it felt to come out as gay to friends and family. ‘[It was] one of the most incredible feelings of my life.’  

Jack admitted however that he struggled over how some would perceive his sexuality.

All smiles: Jack couldn’t wipe the grin off his face as he took photos with his abundance of pals on Friday, as he celebrated his birthday with a dinner at hot spot, Bondi Icebergs 

‘It becomes just something in your head that’s like… dirty and disturbed. And it becomes… you think something’s perverted when it really isn’t,’ he said.

‘Love is love… but hearing other people accept it and say, “That’s so normal. That’s so okay”,’ he went on to say.

Jack publicly came out as gay in May 2019, when he was staging his comeback on hit series, The Voice.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues Monday at 7.30pm on Ten

The mighty jungle: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues Monday at 7.30pm on Ten

Original posted at www.dailymail.co.uk

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