Eastenders legend Jacqueline Jossa, 29, has revealed that financial issues led her to selling her home four years ago after quitting Albert Square. She played Lauren Branning in the soap and opened up about her money struggles while chatting with Sam and Billie Faiers.
On the sister’s podcast, the actress revealed that she didn’t feel “embarrassed or ashamed” about what she went through and admitted it was a massive shock after leaving EastEnders as she lost her steady income.
“You’re right about the hustle. I was on EastEnders for eight years where you got a set paycheque every week,” she said. “It was a set paycheque and I didn’t have to do anything else. It was my comfort blanket, it was what I knew. Then it just wasn’t. There’s no such thing for me as maternity pay, so when I had kids I had to leave and I had to do magazine covers to make money to feed my kids.”
The actress went on to discuss how she managed to make enough money to be able to feed her kids before entering the I’m A Celeb jungle in 2019.
Jacqueline continued: “Once you’re gone, when you’re not on the show, you don’t have money. Done! You’re not paid anything else.
“I’m going to have to do like a shoot. People go, ‘Why are you selling your soul?’ I’m feeding my kids. That’s the difference. I’m not embarrassed, I’m not ashamed.”
She added: “There’s been times where I haven’t had money. Before I went in the jungle I was struggling with money. I had to sell my house. And then I went in the jungle and had amazing opportunities, so I would never ever, ever look at somebody and say, ‘They’re not hustling enough’. You have to do it.”
The actress was crowned Queen of the jungle and landed herself a clothing deal with InTheStyle which was a sell-out collection. Now, Jac, her partner Dan Osborne and their two daughters are renovating a stunning £1.2million Essex home which she documents on Instagram.
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