I'm A Celeb: Matt Hancock burns the camp's rice
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As some of the group discussed generational differences in tonight’s episode of the ITV reality series, the former health secretary shared an experience he witnessed during his childhood when his family’s business almost went bust, leaving fellow I’m A Celebrity star Seann Walsh to comment the MP had “killed the vibe”.
As they sat at the camp creek, comedian Babatúndé Aleshe asked Boy George about his family.
The chat led to the stars reflecting on experiences they had faced growing up, which saw Matt recalling a “harrowing” time his family had “almost lost everything” when he was a teenager.
Boy George explained: “My dad was a builder, and owned his own firm. He was a gambler.
“He would take £10,000 and put it on a dog. Dad would say, ‘Don’t answer the door… the bailiffs or the gas man was coming.'”
Comedian Seann laughed: “Did you have the bailiffs around yours, Matt?”
“When the business nearly went bust we nearly lost everything,” the politician responded.
“You know when you type your postcode into the internet and it brings up your address? My stepdad wrote that software.
“The business started in ‘88 and in the early 90s is when it nearly went bust.
“We were going to lose the house, and both my stepdad and mum were going to lose their jobs. That was pretty harrowing. I was about 14.”
As the campmates appeared surprised, Seann was the one to break the silence with a joke.
“B****y hell, kill the vibe Matt,” Seann quipped, to which Matt replied: “Well you said have you ever had the bailiffs round!”
The admission came as Boy George talked about his dad’s attitude towards his success.
“What was your dad’s reaction when you made it?” Baba probed.
“I was playing at the Albert Hall and it was kind of a big gig, it was kind of early on and my sister’s best friend’s husband said to my dad, ‘You must be really proud of him.’
“My dad goes, ‘Yeah, he does what he does and I do what I do.'”
Explaining the conversation later in the Bush Telegraph, the singer reflected: “I think that comment was about, ‘Don’t blow smoke up his a*** because it’s not good for him.'”
Boy George continued in the creek: “Or my mum used to say, ‘You never say you love me’ and he’d say, ‘I’m here aren’t I?'”
Babatúndé replied: “This generation, all we do is tell our children that we love them.”
“You should.,” the singer responded. Babatúndé admitted: “I smother my son. We’re soft but that’s a good thing.”
Lioness Jill Scott commented: “There was a generation of ‘don’t show any weakness.'”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.
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