He’s more than a week into his stint on Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity – L’Isola dei Famosi.
And Paul Gascoigne looked confident and happy as he enjoyed a refreshing dip during his stint on the reality show in Honduras, Central America on Tuesday.
The former England star, 53, showcased his heavily tattooed physique and golden tan as he emerged from the sea in a pair of tiny swimming trunks during another day in camp.
Go for it Gazza: Paul Gascoigne looked confident and happy as he enjoyed a refreshing dip during his stint on the reality show in Honduras, Central America on Tuesday
The star looked in great spirits as he frolicked in the sea before getting in a quick ab workout.
Gazza was also seen wading in a pool with his fellow campmates and sharing hugs with new pals including Giles Rocca.
The former footballer looked to have thrown himself into island life as he got stuck in with camp tasks including building a fire.
In a new interview, Paul’s sister Anna, 54, Anna revealed the football legend vows to win Italy’s I’m A Celeb in honour of his late nephew and will donate the show’s £50,000 prize money to his mental health charity.
Making a splash: The former England star, 53, showcased his heavily tattooed physique and golden tan as he emerged from the sea in a pair of tiny swimming trunks during another day in camp
Happy: The star looked in great spirits as he frolicked in the sea before getting in a quick ab workout
Laugh out loud: Gazza chucked as he enjoyed a dip before heading back to camp
There he is: The sports icon showed off his meaningful tattoos as he strolled
Beach break: The star seemed to be relishing going for a quick swim as he waded
She also credited him for saving her life after her son Jay passed away aged 22 from an accidental self-medicated drug overdose in April 2016.
The charity worker said: ‘I was calm and methodical – I wrote my will and put in a letter what I wanted for my funeral.
‘Paul has spoken of his own battles and I was suicidal after Jay died. Paul and our mum pulled me back from the brink.’
Gazza’s older sibling recalled how she wanted to ‘look after’ Jay and insisted on ensuring her 25-year-old daughter ‘would be fine’.
Anna said she was ‘stopped’ from taking her life after the ex-sports manager pointed out that Harley ‘wouldn’t be far behind her’, following the loss of her brother, as well as her grandfather John – who died from cancer two years later.
Pals: Gazza looked happy as he chatted with YouTube star Simone Paciello
Hugs all round: The star was seen embracing his campmates during the day
Hard at it: Paul and his campmates gathered around a bucket ahead of a task
Stroll: Gazza looked happy as he walked along the beach and shoreline
There he is: Paul looked content as he enjoyed a scenic walk along the beach
The mental health campaigner told The Sun on Sunday: ‘When Jay died, my life had become like a nuclear winter. The loss you feel when a child dies needlessly cannot be put into words. [Then] losing dad, after everything else, was the cruellest blow.’
Meanwhile, Gazza left one of his co-stars horrified over the weekend when he revealed he likes pineapple on his pizza.
The football legend confessed: ‘My favourite is ham and pineapple pizza. It’s delicious. You can’t beat it. It’s the best.’
Despite his enthusiasm on the matter, his other camp-mates in Honduras’ Cayo Cochinos islands appeared far from impressed by his gastronomical preferences.
YouTuber Awed – who hails from Naples, where pizza was invented – responded: ‘You do what? Mamma mia! That’s disgusting. Pizza is a savoury dish, you put savoury toppings on it, not a sweet topping. Yuck!’
However, the British sportsman, who is through to the second week of the two-month show, stood his ground, as he insisted: ‘No, no, you’re wrong. It’s delicious!’
During the show’s live opening last week, Gazza made quite the impression during his introductory video, before launching himself out of a helicopter.
Swim: The star looked focused as he joined his campmates for a dip
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 island, 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’.
Inked: The star showed off his back inkings as he whiled away the afternoon
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.
Wading: The star threw himself into a task as he enjoyed his time on the show
‘He looks phenomenal and has a physique any man half his age would be proud of.’
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.
Contemplative: Gazza sat on a tree trunk as he enjoyed a moment of leisure