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Paul Gascoigne embraces co-star Francesca Lodo during filming for Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity

Paul Gascoigne was proudly displaying his tattooed physique as he continued filming for the I’m A Celebrity-style show L’Isola dei Famosi on Thursday.

The former England star, 54, was seen sharing an embrace with co-star Francesca Lodo as he got to grips with surviving in the wilderness on his third day being marooned on a remote island in Honduras.

Gazza has already made a huge impact on Italian viewers with his attempts at mastering the country’s language, with fans left in hysterics by his mangling of their language in an introductory tape for the show.

Once again Paul was showcasing his array of inkings as he went shirtless during a dip in the ocean on the island.

The ex-footballer appeared to be getting on well with his co-stars on the show, as they continue to get to grips with surviving on basic resources after being dropped on the remote island. 

At one point Gazza could be seen chatting to his co-star Francesca, with the pair sharing a sweet embrace as they got to grips with surviving on the island.

No luxuries here! They've been getting to grips with surviving in the wilderness

Getting on well? The former England star, 54, was seen sharing an embrace with co-star Francesca Lodo as he got to grips with surviving in the wilderness

Shirtless: As he enjoyed a dip in the water, Gazza showed off his array of tattoos by ditching his shirt

Vast: His inkings including multiple tributes to his mum and dad, and barbed wire which symbolises Jesus' crown of thorns

Shirtless: As he enjoyed a dip in the water, Gazza showed off his array of tattoos by ditching his shirt, with inkings including multiple tributes to his mum and dad, and barbed wire which symbolises Jesus’ crown of thorns

Washing off! Without the luxury of indoor plumbing, Gazza had to rely on a single tap to wash himself down on the island

Washing off! Without the luxury of indoor plumbing, Gazza had to rely on a single tap to wash himself down on the island

Among Gazza’s most iconic inkings are multiple tributes to his mum and dad, barbed wire which symbolises Jesus’ crown of thorns, and a sullen portrait of his stepdaughter Bianca.

Former showgirl and model Francesca is most well-known in Italy for her acting roles, having starred in films including Olé and Quelli che… il calcio.

She is also the cousin of actress Giorgia Palmas, who starred in the satirical comedy series, Striscia la notizia. 

Gorgeous: Former showgirl and model Francesca is most well-known in Italy for her acting roles, having starred in films including Olé and Quelli che... il calcio

Gorgeous: Former showgirl and model Francesca is most well-known in Italy for her acting roles, having starred in films including Olé and Quelli che… il calcio

Sizzling: She displayed her own physique in a skimpy green thong bikini as she took a dip in the ocean

Sizzling: She displayed her own physique in a skimpy green thong bikini as she took a dip in the ocean

Swimmingly: The duo laughed and joked together on the beach

Best friends: It's clear they've formed a firm friendship during their brief spell together on the island

Swimmingly: The duo laughed and joked together, have clearly formed a firm friendship during their brief spell together on the island

Close friends: Later Gazza was once again seen chatting to Daniela Martani, who he was seen getting close to during the previous day

Close friends: Later Gazza was once again seen chatting to Daniela Martani, who he was seen getting close to during the previous day

As well as getting to grips with the island shower, Gazza could be enjoying coconuts and showing of his climbing skills, while heading to the beach with his fellow campmates.

He also seems to have formed a strong friendship with YouTube star Awed (Simone Paciello ) as they linked arms while strolling along the beach together.

On Wednesday Gazza also seemed to be getting close to co-star Daniela Martani, who showed off her incredible physique in a teal green bikini.

Screen star: Daniela rose to fame in her native Italy in 2009 as a contestant on that country's version of Big Brother, Grande Fratello, but quit the show after just 22 days

Screen star: Daniela rose to fame in her native Italy in 2009 as a contestant on that country’s version of Big Brother, Grande Fratello, but quit the show after just 22 days

Opinionated: Since then she's made a name for herself as an outspoken activist

Shocking: She's also offered her own controversial viewers on issues including veganism and the Covid pandemic

Opinionated: Since then she’s made a name for herself as an outspoken activist, and has offered her own controversial viewers on issues including veganism and the Covid pandemic

Explosive: Daniela has continuously questioned the existence of coronavirus despite over 100,000 in Italy losing their lives to the virus, and has even criticised her country's government for their conspiracy

Explosive: Daniela has continuously questioned the existence of coronavirus despite over 100,000 in Italy losing their lives to the virus, and has even criticised her country’s government for their conspiracy

Daniela rose to fame in her native Italy in 2009 as a contestant on that country’s version of Big Brother, Grande Fratello, but quit the show after just 22 days.

Since then she’s made a name for herself as an outspoken activist, and has offered her own controversial viewers on issues including veganism and the Covid pandemic.

Daniela has continuously questioned the existence of coronavirus despite over 100,000 in Italy losing their lives to the virus, and has even criticised her country’s government for their conspiracy.

‘In intensive care there is no one anymore, so they have to scare us with the number of positives,’ she said.

Amusing: The football legend made quite the impression during his introductory video tape

Daredevil: He was then filming launching himself out of a helicopter on Monday's live show

Amusing: The football legend made quite the impression during his introductory video tape, before launching himself out of a helicopter on Monday’s live show

Whoops! Gazza, who spent three years at Rome's club Lazio, did his best at speaking the language but left viewers in fits of giggles when he misunderstood host Ilary Blasi

Whoops! Gazza, who spent three years at Rome’s club Lazio, did his best at speaking the language but left viewers in fits of giggles when he misunderstood host Ilary Blasi

Challenging: Paul was getting stuck into his filming duties for the first live episode as they shot scenes on a remote desert island

Scene-stealer: But it was his garbled intro stole the show

Challenging: Paul was getting stuck into his filming duties for the first live episode as they shot scenes on a remote desert island which is believed to be Cayos Cochinos, Honduras, in Central America, yet his garbled intro stole the show

In August she reportedly blocked a ferry for several minutes for refusing to wear a mask, and later wrote on Instagram: ‘Some passengers called the carabinieri and threatened to report me for interruption of public service and I will clearly file a complaint for violating my right under the Constitution to free movement.’  

It comes after Gazza left viewers in hysterics with his attempts at speaking Italian during his first appearance on L’Isola dei Famosi. 

The football legend made quite the impression during his introductory video tape, before launching himself out of a helicopter on Monday’s live show.

Gazza, who spent three years at Rome’s club Lazio, did his best at speaking the language but left viewers in fits of giggles when he misunderstood host Ilary Blasi. 

Paul was getting stuck into his filming duties for the first live episode as they shot scenes on a remote desert island which is believed to be Cayos Cochinos, Honduras, in Central America, yet his garbled intro stole the show.  

In the interview, Gascoigne was asked about his Italian, to which he said in his strong Geordie accent: ‘It’s OK. It’s only the first day, I’m hoping to improve it.’

He conceded: ‘I’m not speaking perfect Italian’, before beginning his diatribe, in which he bizarrely repeatedly used the word for snakes. 

When asked what he was looking forward to, he attempted: ‘serpente’ (snakes), before stating in Italian: ‘Fishing good me, very good me. 

‘Hands fish my, team hungry me. Confidence, first day, better speak, soon.’  

He added: ‘I’m here for a laugh and the experience,’ before adding in English: ‘I’ll see you all on the f******g island’.  

Paul had been studying Italian as he waited to fly out to the island.    

A source previously told The Sun: ‘Paul has a basic grasp of Italian and he can make himself understood…

‘But what we really want to avoid is having subtitles too often as that would ruin it.

‘The idea is to get him up to a good conversational level so he can talk with the other competitors. We are expecting some exciting TV from Paul.’ 

Paul had also spoken to the publication in his native tongue about his strengths and what he will bring to camp.

Asked what he can offer his 14 fellow campers, Paul said: ‘I’m good at fishing,’ before adding: ‘My best quality is that I can make people laugh and I’m always laughing.’ 

A source said: ‘Paul is in top form. He told producers he has spent lockdown in England keeping fit by running and cycling, and it’s certainly paid off.

‘He looks phenomenal and has a physique any man half his age would be proud of.’  

And the former footballer made a dramatic debut as he arrived via a helicopter and had to jump into the ocean from a height and swim to the island  

Paul was joined for the first day by his L’Isola dei Famosi, the Island of the Famous, co-stars including actors Gilles Rocca, Simone Paciello, Vera Gemma, Akshay Kumar, Roberto Ciufoli, Angela Melillo and Francesca Lodo. 

Also pictured were DJ Daniela Martani, business owner Ferdinando Guglielmotti, model Drusilla Gucci and presenter Elisa Isoardi. Other stars involved in the series are actor Brando Giorgi, actress Valentina Persia and presenter Beppe Braida.   

Paul appears to have already struck up a friendship with Italian actor Gilles, 38, as they were seen hugging on the beach after their dramatic arrivals. 

The former footballer went shirtless in a pair of black swimming shorts for the arrival, where he showed off a collection of his tattoos.

Paul famously visited a tattoo parlour five days in a row in 2013 as he underwent a series of inkings, including daughter Bianca’s face, at Bournemouth Ink studio.

The former England star has previously said that he had turned to tattoos as a way of battling his alcohol addiction.

The star, who passed a series of mental and physical tests for the show, recently claimed he was banned from joining the cast of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Here! after failing a psych test back in 2009.

He insisted that producers ‘pre-judged him’ meaning he failed the tests.  


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