He broke down in tears while explaining that he was leaving I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! because his heart ‘ached’ to see his five children.
And Anthony Mundine’s emotional words struck a chord with viewers, with many admitting he brought them to tears after talking about his kids being his ‘world’.
Fans rallied around the 42-year-old boxer on social media, revealing that they saw a different side to him after listening to his parting words in Thursday’s episode.
Emotional: Anthony Mundine’s heartfelt words struck a chord with Network 10 viewers, who admitted he brought them to tears after talking about his kids being his ‘world’
One wrote on Twitter: ‘This year has tugged at my heart strings too many times. Never in my life would I think I could say the Anthony Mundine could bring me to tears. I genuinely feel the emotions.’
Another added: ‘Such beautiful words so sad for you leaving we didn’t want you to go!!!
‘Gained so much respect for you seeing you on I’m A Celebrity Choc. You were phenomenal & inspiring,’ a third viewer agreed.
However, others blasted the champion boxer for leaving so soon into the competition, claiming he was ‘weak’ for quitting.
Gobsmacked: The boxing champion’s fellow campers were left devastated when he announced his decision to leave
‘You were phenomenal and inspiring’: Fans rallied around the 41-year-old boxer on social media, admitting they saw a new side to him thanks to his emotional parting words
‘Wtf going on? This the year of the cry and go home? Im sure the others miss there families to,’ one user fumed.
Another vented: ‘I understand you miss your kids but you knew you would have no contact and surely you knew what kind of show you were signing on to! Your just like Tomic a quitter when it gets to tough! You need to make a massive donation to your charity!’
Anthony’s farewell speech left his fellow campers in floods of tears, as he paid tribute to his old boxing rival Danny Green and talked about his love for his children.
Backlash: However, others blasted the champion boxer for leaving so soon into the competition, branding him weak’ for quitting
Breaking the news to his fellow contestants, he began shakily: ‘I made good friends here and I come in here to let people see the real Anthony Mundine, the real me, to know who I really am as a man.
‘I am not the guy they perceive me to be. This arrogant d**khead person, which sometimes I seem. That is when I am in a competitive mode.’
Looking overwhelmed with emotion, he turned to Danny and said: ‘Danny, if I spent too much time with him, if I spent too much time with him we would be boys.’
Farewell: Anthony Mundine revealed he was quitting the I’m A Celebrity jungle to see his five beloved children on Thursday’s episode
Anthony again expressed hopes for a boxing rematch, saying: ‘I want the rivalry to go until there is no chance. He might say there is no chance, but there might be a chance. Our third and final and then we can be partners after that.’
Danny looked at him with a serious expression, appearing emotional himself as he watched his old boxing rival struggle to get his words out.
Anthony went on: ‘Last but not least, my kids. I miss them. I thought I could take it. Everyone is different. Everyone can tolerate different things, but my kids are my world to me. I just want to thank you.
‘I will never forget it, you know. I am the Man, get me out of here!’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues Sunday at 7:30pm on Ten
Squashing the feud? He also told his longtime boxing rival Danny Green they would have been ‘good friends’ if he’d stayed longer