After SAS Australia star Manu Feildel voluntarily quit the course during week one, fans were quick to judge the TV chef for not even attempting the terrifying water challenge that lay ahead.
Opting to not even complete the course, the 45-year-old handed in his number to DS Ant Middleton, saying: “I came on this course to prove something to myself, and I just realised I don’t need to prove anything.
“I’ve got a f*cking good life. I’ve got a f*cking good life, and I want it back.”
Now, the former My Kitchen Rules judge has taken to his Instagram account to stand by his decision to leave and presumably prove that he doesn’t give AF what people think.
“Worry about your character, not your reputation,” the post read. “Your character is who you are. Your reputation is who people think you are.”
Manu was the third celeb to leave the course, following Brynne Edelstein and Erin Holland, after the remaining recruits were told that they would be submerged in water, while being seated in a vehicle.
“If you f**k this up, we will be dragging your carcasses out of the water and f**king pumping the water out of your lungs,” Ant told them.
Within seconds, Manu had leapt up, handing in his number and TBH, we don’t bloody blame him.
Appearing on The Morning Show the next day, Manu recalled how he was “freaking out”.
“I was not relaxed at all, inside I was bawling, I was freaking out. The previous day, there was this tunnel that you had to go through which I did not get to do, because Sam Burgess was in there for too long, but we were promised that we would be doing that again in the next two days, and I lost sleep over that already,” he admitted.
“Claustrophobia is something I suffer from, and I thought I would see what happened the next day, and when I saw the Jeep hanging from a crane over the water, and what would happen, I was out. There was no way to change my mind.”
According to the chef, he had trained for six months for the show.
“At the end of the day the reason why I left was because I realised that I did not have anything to prove to anyone or myself at all. I don’t have any regrets,” he said.
“I went home and had a beautiful hot bath and meal and slept in my own bed and I was much better.”
We’re still proud of you, Manu!
Catch SAS Australia on Channel 7 and 7Play.
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