Matt Hancock discusses his childhood with I’m A Celebrity campmates

Matt Hancock Discusses His Childhood With I’m A Celebrity Campmates
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By Connie Evans, PA Entertainment Reporter

Matt Hancock has talked about his childhood during a conversation with his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmates.

Viewers have so far voted to keep the former UK health secretary, 44, in the Australian jungle, after the third eviction of the 2022 series took place on Monday.


During a discussion about generational differences, Hancock spoke about difficulties faced by his family after his parents’ business ran into financial problems when he was a teenager.

Boy George
Hancock was discussing childhood experiences with singer Boy George (ITV)

He was asked by comedian Seann Walsh: “Did you have the bailiffs round yours Matt?”


The MP for West Suffolk replied: “When the business nearly went bust we nearly lost everything.

“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, both my stepdad and mum were going to lose their jobs. That was pretty harrowing. I was about 14.”

To which Walsh, 36, said: “Bloody hell, kill the vibe Matt.”


Hancock said: “Well you said have you ever had the bailiffs round.”

The conversation started at the creek after actor and comedian Babatunde Aleshe asked Boy George: “What was your dad’s reaction when you made it?”

The Culture Club singer, 61, replied: “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’.”

He added: “Or my mum used to say, ‘You never say you love me’ and he’d say, ‘I’m here aren’t I?’”


Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Boy George continued: “I think that comment was about, ‘Don’t blow smoke up his arse because it’s not good for him’.”

Aleshe said: “This generation, all we do is tell our children that we love them.”

He added: “I smother my son. We’re soft but that’s a good thing.”

Lioness Jill Scott said: “There was a generation of ‘don’t show any weakness’.”

Boy George continued: “My dad was a builder, 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’.”

Elsewhere in Tuesday’s episode, chants from Boy George, Walsh and former rugby player Mike Tindall turned to screams during the latest Bushtucker trial.

They volunteered to take part in the challenge titled Grot Yoga, which saw them having to endure various yoga positions for a minute each, while an assortment of grot was thrown over them.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

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