The daughter of Arlene Phillips has praised her parenting skills and survival in the I’m A Celebrity camp - dubbing her "the best mummy ever".
Abi Phillips Ion says she was not surprised that Arlene brought up her struggles as an older parent on Wednesday night’s show.
Viewers heard Arlene tell the other celebs she initially thought it was menopause when she felt sick from being pregnant aged 47 with Abi and was then mistaken for a grandparent at the school gates.
The former Strictly judge and choreographer also had to put up with her obstetrician saying she "really should be a grandmother".
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Daughter Abi, 31, said: "It wasn’t hard to watch as I am already aware of the way she used to feel. I believe that’s why we’re so close as we have an honest and open relationship.
"It was usually my dad picking me up from school so it was always a huge treat when my mum came to pick me up and I was never aware of any difference between her and the other mothers.
"She absolutely was hands on and supportive in every way. From bath time entertainment (she would make up songs and tap to them) to bedtime stories,poems and impressions, which we still do together today and burst into laughter.
She still makes me laugh so much. She would stay with me until I fell asleep and be there packing my rice cakes with peanut butter in the morning. She was and still is the best mummy ever."
Abi admitted she was concerned when 78-year-old Arlene signed up for the ITV show.
And to make matters worse her mum found herself in the show’s prison called The Clink to begin with, meaning she slept on the floor with only a thin mattress.
Abi said: "Initially I was worried. I am very protective of her but as the weeks went by and I saw how she began to prep herself, exercising, eating smaller portions, I became very proud of her and excited for her.
"She’s been brilliant. Even in The Clink I thought the way she handled it was amazing.
"She surprised me by the way she just got on with everything. I know she had a little stumble when wanting to leave but I was happy she worked through it and now she’s in the main camp she is absolutely shining.
"I really don’t have the words to describe how proud I am. Hopefully she will feel it when I squeeze her with all my love when she’s out."
Abi, who is watching the show every night, said she would cry when she was reunited with her mother.
She added: "I think tears will come before words. I’lI probably say something like 'you’ve made me more proud of you than ever before'.
" I know she was concerned about embarrassing me but she hasn’t. I want her to know that every concern I had has evaporated and I couldn’t be happier to see her.
"I think she will have learned an enormous amount about herself and overcome her fears and continue to be even more of an inspiration to her family and other older people."
Asked how she would feel if her mum was queen of the jungle, she said: "I think she would surprise herself if she were to win and that would be a huge boost for her but that isn’t the reason she went in.
"She saw this as a challenge being taken out of her comfort zone. Being voted winner by the public would obviously be fantastic but she was more intrigued to see how she would cope with this new experience and she’s already a winner in my eyes so I’ll be greeting my champion either way."
Mother-of-two Arlene is the oldest ever contestant on I’m A Celebrity, but before entering the castle insisted she wanted to try things "outside her comfort zone" and would give it her best shot.
She said: "Everything I do, I'm always the oldest. So I'm used to that.
"Like when I had my daughter 'oh, you're a geriatric mother, what are we going to do?'.
“Are there things that I can't do? I am definitely weaker than I was. But whatever I can do, I will try to do."
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! airs every night at 9pm on ITV.