Martina Navratilova is living in the jungle. The nine-time Wimbledon champion dropped in a few weeks ago to be part of the UK reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
OK, it’s not actually the jungle; it’s Australia, but can you tell the difference?
I’m a Celebrity… pits famous-folk against one another as they suffer the natural elements of rain, heat and creepy-crawlies to raise money for their favorite charities. The jungle-dwellers compete in physical challenges, and the audience votes on which contestant they’d like to see face a “Bushtucker Trial,” a test that involves dangerous/disgusting stuff like swimming amongst crocodiles or putting your head in a bucket of cockroaches.
On a recent episode, Robert Kilroy-Silk decided to grill Navratilova about being a lesbian. “Are you like me? Do you look at girls and fancy them?” he asked her while they were sitting around in their khakis, not-showering.
“Yeah, it depends if I’m in a relationship or not,” she told him. “Which I usually am, so I try to shut it out. But if I see a beautiful woman I’m like, ‘Wow, she’s gorgeous.'” No word yet on if she finds either of the two women who seem to take a liking to her on the show beautiful and/or gorgeous, although she did turn down Nicola McLean‘s offer to let her touch her boobs, which two other contestants obliged.
Meanwhile, contestant Dani Behr has apparently been “eying” Martina. According to the UK’s Sun, “The former Word presenter, 37, has been caught ogling the Czech legend, 52, on numerous occasions.” Wow, Martina has got it going on.
Last week, In a head-to-head water balloon carrying contest, Navratilova shouted out encouragement to her opponent, Carly Zucker. “Good shot!” she shouted across the swamp. Her classy sportsmanship translates to the wild, apparently.
In her autobiography, Navratilova said of her defection to America that it allowed her to be, “as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs.”
I suppose those are all qualities you need to survive in the jungle, even the warmth part. Here’s Martina sharing a hug with a fellow celebrity, and yeah, that’s George Takei in the background.
I wonder if one of the women contestants will ask him next week, “So, you fancy men, then? Does that make you like me?”
I’m guessing probably not.