I’m A Celeb’s Russell recalls moment he ‘died’ and says thought of kids ‘brought him back’

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Russell Watson has opened up about the moment he almost died and how the thought of his children "brought him back".

The musical theatre star, 53, opened up about his terrifying brain tumour scares, the second of which saw him go to sleep and not wake up.

Appearing on tonight's I'm A Celebrity, he began speaking about performing in the Vatican and his private audience with the Pope.

Later, however, Ruthie asked Russell about his brain tumour and he revealed that he had two.

He said: “The second one was the ‘one’, the first wasn’t life threatening, it was painful and I nearly lost my vision.

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"The second one was holy s***, I went home, went to bed and didn’t wake up because of a haemorrhage. My assistant found me, called the paramedics and I knew I was in trouble because the paramedic kept saying ‘stay with us, stay with us’.

"We got to the hospital and they operated. One of the most emotional things after I came out of intensive care was this bloke came up to me and said ‘nice to see you’re doing well Mr Watson’ and I realised it was ‘stay with us, stay with us’."

(Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

(Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Vernon had asked him whether he had seen the light and Russell responded: "Big time."

He explained: “I was in the MIR scanner and I could see this long strip of light, like when you’re a kid and you used to keep your bedroom door open.

"It was a light strip and I was thinking if I go to that door I’m out of here and the pain stops and I’m away.

"All I could think about was my children and slowly slowly whilst thinking about my children the clatter clatter of the MRI came back and I thought I’m going to beat this.”

*I'm A Celebrity returns tomorrow at 9pm on ITV