Gareth Gates has been crowned winner of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after a dramatic series saw just three celebrity recruits make it to the series end.
Gareth, 39, model and TV personality Danielle Lloyd, 39, and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 45, were the only celebs to make to the end of series, and of the three, Gareth was announced as the only one who had passed the course.
Speaking to the three finalists Chief Instructor, Billy Billingham MBE QCB announced: "F**king good effort. All of you. Now you chose to come on what is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most brutal course in the world. So stand proud."
He then continued: "Congratulations, Number 7 [Gareth]. You passed… this course."
A rather shocked Gareth then responded: "Thank you, staff. Wow. Thank you" before being embraced by his fellow final recruits.
Speaking in the aftermath of his pass, the singer said: "It was a really crazy experience.
"To hear the DS at the end, when Billy said, 'there's only one person we'd actually stand shoulder to shoulder with. And that's you number seven.' That was a really amazing feeling."
He continued: "I think winning, or, passing was amazing but being the only one really meant a lot to me. Realising that this is real for these DS, was really eye opening.
"We’re just here creating a TV show but this is what they've had to do for real. I just had huge respect for them, that they have to go through this for real whilst protecting our country."
And recalling how he prepared himself for the experience, Gareth said: "There's a real difference between being gym fit and being battle fit.
"I've always been of the mindset that you should to train as much as you can but not being able to converse with people makes me feel very weak, so I never expected to be the only one to pass the whole course.
"That was the last thing I expected because of my insecurities. But to hear that has proved something to myself and I hope people who have any form of affliction at home watched that and think that if he can do it, then so can I!"
Sharing why he thinks he made it to the end while a number of his fellow recruits did not, Gareth added: "In the end, I think I was just mentally strong as well.
"You can train as hard as you can for the physical element of it. But I think it's the mental resilience really gets people through to the end."
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