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Shane Warne: Hugh Grant too close for comfort with ex-fiancee Elizabeth Hurley

As they say, two is company and three's a crowd, a sentiment retired king of spin Shane Warne knows only all too well.

Shane Warne on Hugh Grant

The cricket legend confides with other I'm A Celeb... contestants about the difficulties of dating someone (Liz Hurley) who is best friends with their ex (Hugh Grant).

The father-of-three, 46, opened up from the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! African jungle on Thursday night's Network Ten show about how uncomfortable it was having Hugh Grant being a constant presence in his relationship with ex-fiancee, Elizabeth Hurley.

"It's hard on your new relationship when you're really good friends with the exes. Elizabeth was really good friends with Hugh, who is like her best friend. Hugh Grant – best friend," Warne opened up to Laurina Fleure​, Bonnie Lythgoe​ and Havana Brown, after their dinner under the stars.

Shane Warne opened up about how uncomfortable it was that Hugh Grant would spend so much time with his ex-fiancee, ...
Shane Warne opened up about how uncomfortable it was that Hugh Grant would spend so much time with his ex-fiancee, Elizabeth Hurley. Photo: Scott Barbour

"When I used to go back to Australia, if she wasn't leaving London, he'd come and spend the weekend at the house."

"I went, 'I tell you what. Tell him to come when I'm there,'" Warne said before adding he told Hurley: "Well, I knew Hugh before I knew you, so just tell him to come over. But she said, 'oh no, he feels uncomfortable.'"

At the time the retired Australian cricketer said the mother-of-one assured him they were just friends. He also cleared up recent rumours that Hurley and Grant rekindled their romance, "nah they are just friends".

Warne "got down on one knee" to pop the question to The Royals actor in 2011 after less than a year together before they split two years later. He admitted there was a "high lust factor" in their relationship. He said they are "still great mates now", although Twitter aficionado Hurley has yet to send him her well-wishes.

The retired cricketer opened up from the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! African jungle.
The retired cricketer opened up from the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! African jungle. Photo: Network Ten

"Contrary to what anyone writes, I didn't do anything wrong, she didn't do anything wrong, it all just got too hard," he added.

Hurley and Grant dated for 13 years in the 1990s, even stepping out together when she wore that famous Versace safety pin dress for the premier of Four Weddings and A Funeral in 1994. She admitted recently it's a gown she now regrets as she believes it altered her career path.

Hurley and Grant dated for 13 years in the 1990s, even stepping out together when she wore that famous Versace safety ...
Hurley and Grant dated for 13 years in the 1990s, even stepping out together when she wore that famous Versace safety pin dress in 1994. 

"One of my favourite concepts in life is that of sliding doors," she told The Mail on Sunday's You magazine.

"It is interesting to think about the better or worse outcomes had you not had that particular moment. From an acting point of view, who knows? I guess it could have been different. Perhaps I could have joined the National Theatre and become a much more worthy actress."

Warne also discussed the topic of adding to his brood of three, saying he would only consider it if his future partner was desperate.

"The only way I could do it I reckon is if I absolutely fell for someone head over heels and they were desperate for them and they said I really want kids. Then I'd consider it."