I’M A Celeb star Beverley Callard took a sly dig at her vegan doubters as she stocked up on a dairy and meat free version of bedtime favourite, Horlicks.
The Corrie legend – who was called out for potentially faking her dietary choice so as to avoid eating eyeballs and offal in the castle – made the cheeky swipe as she posted an image of the longstanding beverage to her Instagram page.
It showed the vegan version of the powdered drink in its tub, with the official Vegan Society logo on the packaging.
Alongside, Bev, 63, was making the hot beverage in a re-usable sustainable mug, complete with Horlicks branding.
The Liz McDonald soap actress wrote in her caption: “Thank you @horlicksuk it’s arrived! #vegan #vegandrink #tryingtobevegan #healthylifestyle.”
A fan then quickly commented: “Yas vegan queen.”
The official Instagram page for Gwrych Castle, the venue for this year’s ITV series after it switched from Australia, was equally supportive as it wrote: “Enjoy! .”
Another of Bev’s followers then mused: “Oooh didn’t know they did that, thank you! Hope it’s yummy.”
Her genuine vegan lifestyle was first called into question by former co-star Simon Gregson, who plays her on-screen Corrie son Steve McDonald.
During his stint on daytime talk show Loose Women, Simon was quizzed about Bev’s veganism, to which he replied: “Yeah! You see Rebecca her daughter is vegan.
“I’m sure Bev has done it for all the right reasons, health and to save the planet. If you believe that, I’m a mango!”
Presenter Linda Robson joked: “Are you sure so it’s just so she doesn’t have to eat anything disgusting?”
Simon, who has portrayed Bev’s on-screen son 21 years, added: “I’m pretty sure it’s because she doesn’t have to put a willy in her mouth, yeah.”
She then confused fans as she confessed to the celebrity camp she had dreamt of eating custard creams – a biscuit which is not vegan.
Yet on her exit from camp, the soap stalwart insisted she was not lying about her meat and dairy-free life.
Presenter Dec Donnelly came straight out with it asking her: “There has been some chat about your veganism and some doubt to the validity of it.”
Whilst co-host Ant McPartlin pushed further and said: “Come clean now, is it just for the show?”
Beverley, 63, replied: “I started in March because I had an operation and I saw this documentary that said your joints heal quicker if you’re plant based, so that’s what I’ve been doing since March.”