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Jacqueline Jossa says she was so broke after leaving EastEnders in 2018 that she was forced to sell her home.
The I'm A Celebrity 2019 winner opened up about her struggles to make ends meet after quitting Albert Square to become a mum, on The Sam and Billie Show podcast.
Talking with TOWIE stars Sam and Billie Faiers, Jossa explained: "There's been times where I haven't had money. Before I went in the jungle [for I'm A Celebrity] 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 actor explained that the BBC soap had offered her financial security.
"I was on EastEnders for eight years where you got a set pay cheque every week," she said.
"It was a set pay cheque and I didn't have to do anything else. It was my comfort blanket, it was what I knew. Then it just wasn't."
The star, 29, who has three children with her former TOWIE star husband Dan Osbourne, 30, added: "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.
"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.""
Jossa, whose role as Lauren Branning was one of EastEnders' most popular characters, admitted:
The star has managed to bounce back and now lives in a £1.2 million house in Essex with Osborne and their son Teddy, eight and daughters Ella, seven and Mia, three.
She is currently signed up to ITV's All Star Musicals – the show that sees a line-up of celebrities swapping their day jobs to show off their musical theatre skills.
The star also has successful collections with fashion brand In The Style and her last Spring/Summer range sold out in just six minutes.
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