Strictly Come Dancing’s Jamie Laing isn’t McVitie’s heir and says ‘he only has what he has earnt’
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It has previously been reported that Jamie Laing is heir to the McVities biscuit fortune after his great-grandfather Sir Alexander Grant began the company, but the Made in Chelsea has insisted this is not true.
The Chelsea boy, who recently revealed he will propose to girlfriend Sophie Habboo if he wins the glitter ball trophy, has confirmed he will not be getting his family's fortune.
Speaking to the Mirror, the 32 year old said: "I'm not heir to anything. People always talk about this, I don't know where this has come from.
"I think at the beginning of Made in Chelsea, it was all about affluent people and it was a nice story for them.
"It is true my great-grandfather started McVities, so it was a nice 'in'," he said.
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Despite claims of him being bankrolled by his family, the Strictly Come Dancing contestant has insisted that everything he has is off his own back.
The TV personality has found success from his vegetarian sweet business Candy Kittens and his telly appearances on shows including Celebrity Bake Off and Celebrity Hunted.
"I've just got what I earn. Nothing else," the blonde-haired cheeky-chappy confirmed.
Jamie's clarification comes as he is currently competing on this year's Strictly Come Dancing after having to bow out last series due to a foot injury.
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The reality star, who said he doesn't get invited to best friend Spencer Matthews' royal parties, has shared his excitement about taking part in the glitzy, dancing extravaganza.
"The whole thing is exhilarating, fun, intimidating and terrifying. I've never experienced anything as scary as it. Ever. And I've done bungee jumps and all sorts of things," he told new! magazine.
Explaining his nerves about his first dance with professional partner Karen Hauer, Jamie said: "Beforehand, I honestly thought I was going to throw up. It is so scary, I can't even begin."
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Although he found himself in the bottom two and narrowly avoided being sent home in the first week, Jamie is determined to come back fighting.
"All I want to do is go back and dance and do it again and again. I'm now so competitive. I want to dance for the rest of my life and prove that I can actually do it," an enthusiastic Jamie gushed.
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