JACQUELINE Jossa has revealed she was left ‘struggling with money’ after leaving EastEnders.
In an honest interview, la mamá de dos admitted it was the reason behind selling her home, but she added defiantly: “I’m not ashamed.”
Jac, 29, starred as Lauren Branning in the BBC series before her exit in 2018.
Ella dijo: ” You’re right about the hustle. I was on EastEnders for eight years where you got a set pay cheque every week. It was a set pay cheque and I didn’t have to do anything else. It was my comfort blanket, it was what I knew. Then I just wasn’t.
“There’s no such thing for me as maternity pay, so when I had kids I had to leave and I had to do magazine covers to make money to feed my kids.”
Jacqueline explained: “Once you’re gone, when you’re not on the show, you don’t have money. Done! You’re not paid anything else.
“‘I’m going to have to do like a shoot.’ People go, ‘Why are you selling your soul?’ I’m feeding my kids. That’s the difference. I’m not embarrassed, I’m not ashamed.
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“There’s been times where I haven’t had money. Before I went in the jungle I was struggling with money. I had to sell my house.
“And then I went in the jungle and had amazing opportunities, so I would never ever ever look at somebody and say, ‘They’re not hustling enough’. You have to do it.”
Jacqueline won I’m A Celebrity in 2019 and since then has struck money-making deals with In The Style and Hot Diamonds amongst other brands.
The actress shares daughters Ella, Siete, and Mia, three with TOWIE star Dan Osborne.
Ellos moved into their “para siempre en casa” el año pasado – which Jac also described as a “fresh start” para la familia.
Before that home was a £1m mansion in Essex with a hot tub and huge eight-seater sofa.
Durante el 2020 cierre de emergencia, rumours of marriage troubles hit which led to Jac moving out of their former home for a short time.
ella le dijo al sol: “It felt like everybody wanted to watch me fall apart.
“I kept it in for a while, but then over lockdown it was a really good time and place for Daniel and I to go through everything — an opportunity for us to talk through it all. Para mi, this meant turning to therapy.
“And because of that, I couldn’t be in the same house as Dan. There was no big argument or bust-up, and there were no other girls. Moving out was literally how I had to deal with it.
“It was like when you wake up after a bad dream about someone — you need some space. That’s what it was like with therapy.”