Published On: Tue, May 4th, 2021

Paul Gascoigne reveals he almost fell out of a helicopter when he forgot to buckle his seatbelt

‘I’ve never been so frightened’: Paul Gascoigne reveals he almost fell out of a helicopter when he forgot to buckle his seatbelt and ‘the door flew open’ while filming Italian reality show

Paul Gascoigne has revealed that he nearly fell out of a helicopter after forgetting to buckle his seatbelt before lift off.

Explaining that he’d ‘never been so frightened’, the former footballer, 53, said the terrifying moment occurred when the pilot ‘pulled to the right’ and ‘the door flew open’.

Paul – who was flying back to the set of Italian reality show L’Isola dei Famos from hospital where he was being treated for a shoulder injury – told how he ‘lurched’ towards the open door.

Scary: Paul Gascoigne, 53, has revealed that he nearly fell out of a helicopter after forgetting to buckle his seatbelt before lift off

‘I’m scared of flying at the best of times and always say a little prayer before take off,’ the TV personality quipped to The Sun.

‘But I was chatting to the pilot as we were taking off so I must have forgotten my seat belt. My career and family flashed in front of my eyes — but I managed to hold on and slide the door closed.’

Paul added that despite being fairly confident he would survive the fall, he feared he may be eaten by sharks once in the ocean.

The popular show is filmed on the sunny shores of Cayos Cochinos, Honduras. 

Close call: Paul added that he feared he may be eaten by sharks once in the ocean (pictured: Paul jumping out of a helicopter while filming L'Isola dei Famos in April)

Close call: Paul added that he feared he may be eaten by sharks once in the ocean (pictured: Paul jumping out of a helicopter while filming L’Isola dei Famos in April)

It comes after the doting father was forced to bow out of his appearance on the reality show after enduring persistent shoulder pain.

Paul was rushed to the hospital last month when he injured himself during an endurance game.

The sportsman has since been forced to quit his role on the show, around one month after making his debut.

The media personality is reportedly to have been paid around 7,000 euros (£5,981) for each week he took part in the show, which is approaching its 40th day on air.

In April, Paul made history by becoming the first contestant to sunbathe naked on L’Isola dei Famosi.

Tapping into full relaxation mode, the tattooed star enjoyed a nude nap as he chilled out on the sandy shores of the island.

As the episode aired, celebrity guests Iva Zanicchi and Elettra Lamborghini alongside presenter Ilary Blasi noted how impressed they found his laid back attitude despite the high tensions – while also stating: ‘What a body!’

During another recent episode, the Geordie star was left in tears after he discovered that some of his co-stars were slamming his laid-back appearance on the show, before insisting he’s used to criticism due to his high-profile football career.

Injured: It comes after the doting father was forced to bow out of his appearance on the reality show after enduring persistent shoulder pain

Injured: It comes after the doting father was forced to bow out of his appearance on the reality show after enduring persistent shoulder pain

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