After winning the hearts of Strictly fans with his energetic dance routines and animated personality, Jamie Laing has revealed the health battle he overcame to make it to the live shows.
The Made In Chelsea star, 31, had to endure months of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, and also had to heal from his foot injury, which he sustained in last year’s debut Strictly show – forcing him to pull out.
Jamie embarked on a four-month intense probiotic course in a bid to improve his gut biome and alleviate the symptoms that could hinder his dancing performances.
Putting on a brave face: Jamie Laing has spoken out on his battle with irritable bowel syndrome and his four month treatment in preparation for Strictly Come Dancing
The reality star also had an embarrassing moment when he experienced an IBS flare up during a house viewing.
He recalled on his Private Parts podcast in 2019: ‘I was trying to sell my flat but I had to poo, and I ran out the door and they were walking in and I was like “Oh god they’re going to go in the bathroom, please don’t go in the bathroom,” and then I couldn’t go back in.’
IBS can cause a variety of symptoms including stomach cramps, bloating, excessive wind, and diarrhea.
Jamie confirmed he was using a yoghurt probiotic drink to help his condition.
Dedicated: According to the Made In Chelsea star, 31, he had to endure an extensive probiotic treatment, and had to heal from his foot injury, which he received in last year’s show, forcing him to pull out
He added: ‘Do you know what I am getting, I’ve been getting this probiotic – I’m doing a four month course so my IBS will disappear.
‘It’s really good for the gut, it’s this yoghurt drink that you drink every single day. It’s not Yakhult, it’s a special probiotic yoghurt drink and it fixes your microbiome.’
It isn’t the first time his stomach troubles have affected his life as in 2017, Jamie was rushed to Cheltenham hospital over Christmas where he underwent an operation on his stomach.
He shared a picture of himself with an IV drip and told his Twitter followers: ‘I do not feel good.’
He also shared a picture of his horrific scars on his abdomen and continued: ‘Spending Christmas Eve in Cheltenham Hospital isn’t the one but at least I have these lovely ladies looking after me.
Unwell: It isn’t the first time his stomach troubles have affected his life as in 2017, Jamie was rushed to hospital over Christmas where he underwent an operation on his stomach
Smitten: Jamie is the heir to the McVitie’s biscuit empire worth an estimate £485million and he resides in a stunning Chelsea apartment with his MIC love, Sophie Habboo
‘Had my little operation. So sore!’
Jamie also had to heal from his foot injury which he received during a group dance routine on last year’s launch show, forcing him to pull out of the competition and wait another year.
When he is not busy perfecting his dance routines for Strictly, Jamie is running his confectionery company, Candy Kittens, and is reportedly worth an estimate £2million.
He is also the air to the McVitie’s biscuit empire which is reportedly worth approximately £485million.
He currently resides in a Chelsea apartment with his MIC love, Sophie Habboo.
What is IBS and what are the symptons?
IBS is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, characterised by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort, accompanied by alterations in bowel function.
It is hard to diagnose, as symptoms can vary widely, and needs to be monitored over a period of approximately 12 weeks for a proper diagnosis.
Fortunately, unlike more serious intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, IBS doesn’t cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue, or increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
Symptoms of IBS can include: frequent bowel movements (more than three a day) or infrequent bowel movements (less than three a week), abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery), abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency or feeling of incomplete evacuation), extreme bloating, lethargy, nausea, abdominal pain or cramping, flatulence and mucus in the stool.
Symptoms may be intermittent and can range from severe to mild.