I’m A Celebrity 2022: ‘My brain works differently and I can work on that!’ Matt Hancock expresses his relief at learning he was dyslexic at university after struggling with reading at school
The former Health Secretary, 44, was quizzed by comedian Babatunde Aleshe, 34, on his talents after the West Suffolk MP recently revealed he’d trained as a jockey under the tuition of Frankie Dettori.
The conversation prompted Matt to explain how he struggled with his reading at school, so was glad to find out he was dyslexic, with the politician saying: ‘Instead of feeling I was just rubbish at something and useless, it was ah… so actually I am OK with language, it’s just my brain works differently and I can work on that.’
Speaking out: Matt Hancock, 44, spoke about his relief at being told he was dyslexic while at university during Sunday’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Babatúndé, Matt and comedian Seann Walsh spoke about their life achievements during a chat at the creek.
Seann said to Matt: ‘Yesterday you said you were a jockey?’
Matt replied: ‘I rode in a race, yeah.’
Difficulties: The former health secretary explained how he struggled with his reading at school, so was glad to find out he was dyslexic once he reached higher education
Seann laughed: ‘You’re up for anything!’
Explaining the race to Seann, Matt said: ‘Two furlongs to go, pulled out, kicked on, won the race… it was absolutely brilliant.’
Babatúndé joked: ‘What can’t you do, bruv?’
Matt said: There’s lots of things I can’t do. I can’t tell jokes.’
In conversation: MP for West Suffolk Matt was quizzed by comedian Babatunde Aleshe, 34, on his talents
Babatúndé playfully teased: ‘You can’t dance… we tried to teach you.’
Matt concurred: ‘I can’t dance, I can’t sing and I can’t read very well, very quickly.’
Babatúndé said: ‘But all your achievements are like massive.’
Babatúndé joked of his own achievements: ‘Staying alive living in Tottenham… that’s the biggest achievement I’ve ever had.’
He added: ‘I went to a terrible school… in Tottenham, not only were the students bad, the teachers were also gangsta… you couldn’t mess with the teachers like that. We were just disruptive children.’
Insight: Seall Walsh was surprised to learn of Matt’s struggles, asking him: ‘Are you talking about reading specifically?’
Seann added: ‘I’ll tell you what kind of kid I was… remember when you got asked to leave class, stand outside, then there’s the window? It was just giving me my own TV show…I didn’t want to learn.’
Matt said: ‘I desperately wanted to learn. One side on maths I could and on English I couldn’t.’
Seann asked: ‘Are you talking about reading specifically?’
Matt said: ‘Yeah. And then the moment I was identified as dyslexic at university suddenly instead of feeling I was just rubbish at something and useless, it was ah… so actually I am OK with language, it’s just my brain works differently and I can work on that.’
Babatúndé said: ‘I love that. I really love that. I felt the same but in a different way.
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‘Not to make it too deep but when it comes to race. I remember when I went to drama school I didn’t feel seen. I was the only black person in my class. Everything was so British and I felt so out of place.
‘Everybody was always like, “Why don’t you know this?” and “Why don’t you know that about where you’re born?” My world is totally different to both of yours. Totally.
‘And so that’s why I love your story because you felt seen. When I have the liberty to be like, this is who I am, Tottenham born, Nigerian raised in Britain, living in Stevenage, middle class life now, that is just me.’
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener!
DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat!
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
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CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
CLAIM TO FAME: Politician
PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too