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Jacqueline Jossa forced to sell her house amid money struggles after quitting EastEnders

Jacqueline Jossa, who played Lauren Branning on EastEnders, quit the BBC soap in 2018. The mum-of-two spoke candidly about her money woes in an honest chat and added that she was far from “embarrassed” or “ashamed” about it.

The 29-year-old revealed she had a huge shock after leaving EastEnders almost four years ago as she lost a steady salary.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner also shared that she was forced to sell her home before being crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2019.

Her comments come as the doting mum has been busy renovating her £1.2 million Essex home that she shares with her partner Dan Osborne and their two daughters.

Jacqueline opened up about her struggles during a chat with Sam and Billie Faiers on their podcast The Sam and Billie Show.

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She explained: “You’re right about the hustle. I was on EastEnders for eight years where you got a set pay cheque every week.

“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.

“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.”

Jacqueline continued: “Once you’re gone, when you’re not on the show, you don’t have money. Done! You’re not paid anything else.

The small-screen star explained that she has credited going into the jungle for giving her more opportunities.

Jacqueline said: “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.”

After she appeared on I’m A Celeb, Jacqueline landed herself a deal with InTheStyle – and the collection sold out.

Jacqueline, who shares daughters Ella, seven, and Mia, three with TOWIE star Dan, moved into their “forever home” last year, and have since been documenting their renovations on social media.

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