Sabrina Washington has denied any romance with former Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning after she was booted out of the I’m a Celebrity… jungle.

The couple’s closeness has prompted speculation since the show’s launch, but the former Mis-Teeq singer claimed they were ‘just friends’.

She refused to answer when the show’s hosts, Ant and Dec, repeatedly asked if she fancied Manning, and replied: “We’re just friends, just like everybody else in the jungle.”

Washington, who lost a public vote against TV interior designer Justin Ryan, smiled broadly when she was told to leave the camp – and said she was ‘really, really happy’.

The singer said she had an ‘amazing’ time, but was relieved she did not have to face any more trials after being covered in slime and thrown into a vat of fish guts during a Bushtucker Trial called Memory Misery.

“It was much harder than I expected,” she said of her time in the jungle. But the singer added: “It has changed me. I’m not scared of heights. I’m not scared of anything.”

There was a snake in the camp as she left and she said none of the celebrities had reacted. “Two weeks ago I would have been screaming,” she said.

Asked who she would like to win, Washington initially said celebrity cleaner Kim Woodburn, despite their early disagreements, but then added: “I’d like any of them to win, all of them deserve it.”

The campers were earlier left in tears when they were given letters from friends and family. Ryan received a letter from his real-life and television partner Colin McAllister, who was the second celebrity to leave the jungle.

The letter, read by Washington, said: “You have always been and always will be a king to me. Let’s get married again.”