I’m A Celeb’s Boy George in tears at Matt Hancock arrival: ‘I can’t sit here and have fun with him’

Boy George (L) and Matt Hancock (R) in I'm A Celebrity. (ITV)

Boy George was seen in tears during Wednesday (9 November) night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here episode as late arrival Matt Hancock entered the camp. 

The former health secretary shocked everyone with his appearance, not least Boy George who opened up about his mum’s hospital treatment while Hancock was health secretary.

Speaking with camp mate Scarlette Douglas, he said: “You know, beginning of the pandemic my mum was in hospital. I wasn’t allowed to see her.

“I thought she was going to die. I was tweeting Greenwich hospital going, ‘Please look after my mum.’

“I used my name, I was like ‘Please look after my mum.’ And they did, she was fine. I feel like, I don’t want to be sitting here like I’m having fun with him.

Boy George added he would have left the reality show if the outcome had been different.

“It’s difficult for me because, you know, had something happened, if my mum had gone, I wouldn’t be here now. I would have gone when he walked in,” he added.

Speaking in the Bush Telegraph he said: “I feel a little bit selfish, you know, just kind of… everyone’s so nice to him and I was like Jesus, what are we going to do?

“I don’t want to spoil this experience for myself. I’m not good at hiding what I feel. Especially when it’s something so strong.”

After deciding to eat dinner privately, he said: “I don’t really know what to do with my feelings, you know, today was obviously quite emotional for me, I don’t know what it will be like. I don’t know if I want to be here.”
While many agreed with Boy George, others did point out the hypocrisy of Boy George taking a moral stance after his past conviction of false imprisonment.

But he was not the only contestant to make comments about Hancock, who spent the evening justifying his participation.

“All politicians are known, and me in particular, for being in a very sort of strict way of being. Which is just not how we are,” he told Douglas. 

While he told Charlene White he wanted to show that politicians are human too, which led to her giving an epic look of skepticism to the camera.

Many viewers have shared their discomfort at Matt Hancock being given this platform to rehabilitate his image following his time as health secretary during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, when hundreds of people a day were dying with the disease.

Kids had I’m A Celeb on last night,” one person wrote. “Five mins of Ant & Dec sniggering at Hancock and I couldn’t stomach it.

“Is being responsible for killing vulnerable people in care homes funny? Plus, nurses striking while he gets 400K to make a p***k of himself in the jungle is not a look.”