When we catch up with her at the MTV EMAs after-party, a glammed up Vicky, 27, tells us: "I couldn't leave the man I love for the show and it was difficult spending so much time away from him."
The fiery Newcastle lass has been dating butcher and professional ice hockey player James since June this year, and although Vicky has a history of rushed engagements, she promises she and James, who also dated TOWIE's Maria Fowler, are taking it slow...ish.
''I rushed into an engagement before (with Geordie Shore co-star Ricci Guarnaccio back in 2012) and I'm not going to do that this time. I think you need to be together for at least a year first. You need to get to know each other and each other's faults. We need to live together first.
But Vicky admits than although she is 'so happy' with James, 32, she initially felt nervous about her choice to leave the show.
And as I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here launched on Sunday, Vicky's also keen to clear up the rumours that she was entering the Australian jungle.
"The jungle would have been brilliant. I've been in bed with Gary [Beadle], that's worse than being in a coffin full of rats!"
Read the full interview in this week's Reveal magazine
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