I'm A Celebrity star Carol Vorderman ignored Richard Whiteley's advice by walking down the aisle with a hunky naval officer who proposed after just six weeks

I'M A Celebrity star Carol Vorderman walked down the aisle with a man she barely knew against the advice of her Countdown co-star Richard Whiteley.

The TV beauty accepted a proposal from a hunky naval officer just six weeks after they first met, and she has revealed her good friend Richard tried to stop the wedding.

Carol was just 24 when she tied the knot with sexy sailor Chris Maher in the summer of 1985.

She struck up the whirlwind romance after her on/off boyfriend dumped her and shacked up with a new woman.

Carol threw herself into the relationship to get over her heartbreak, and said yes when Chris proposed after little more than a month together.

However, her friends and family were concerned about the match.

Carol admitted Richard appeared to be against the marriage as he questioned her about her choices before she walked down the aisle.

In her autobiography, It All Counts, she admitted: "[I was marrying] a young man I didn’t know…

"Richard Whiteley was one of the ­people who took me to one side at that time and asked me, quietly: ‘Are you sure you are doing the right thing?’

"I assured him I was, with a certainty that, deep down, I didn’t feel."

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Carol is thrilling viewers with her turn in the new series of I’m A CelebrityCredit: Rex Features
Carol is on the show with stars including Jordan Banjo and Adam ThomasCredit: Rex Features

Carol went ahead with the marriage, which took place "just a few months" after they first met.

The union broke down with in a year and she has branded it a "big mistake", admitting she got married "on the rebound".

She added: "Predictably, it unravelled very quickly and after a year it was over. The consequent break-up affected me badly for a long time.

"I felt a complete failure.

She went on to marry Paddy King, the father of her two children, but that marriage also ended in divorce.

Carol later found romance with sports writer Des Kelly, but they split in 2010.

Carol is currently competing in the new series of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The season kicked off last night as viewers finally got to see the former Countdown star entering the jungle with campmates including Lisa Snowdon, Scarlett Moffatt, Larry Lamb and Ola Jordan.

She has already been branded a "princess" by Vicky Pattison, co-host of the I'm A Celeb spin-off show.

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