I’m A Celebrity star Matt Hancock’s girlfriend Gina Colangelo ‘is receiving regular updates from bosses over his welfare in the jungle’
Matt Hancock’s partner Gina Colangelo is said to be receiving regular updates about his welfare after he made his entry into the jungle on I’m A Celebrity.
The former Health Secretary, 44, will make his debut on Wednesday night’s episode alongside fellow newcomer Seann Walsh.
It comes amid reports that Matt was ‘still smiling’ despite undergoing a gruesome first trial, titled Beastly Burrows, to win food for camp, The Sun reports.
Updates: Matt Hancock’s partner Gina Colangelo is reportedly receiving regular updates about his welfare after he made his entry into the jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (pictured in 2019)
A source added to the publication: ‘Gina has been updated about Matt’s trial and how he got on. She was told Matt was in good spirits – even though the trial was a rotter.
‘Everything he does in terms of trials will be relayed back to Matt’s family. It means there are no surprises in the show for those watching back at home.
‘The other contestants will have the same treatment – and Seann’s girlfriend Grace Adderley had the same call. It means everyone can feel like they are involved.’
The MP, 44, will make his debut on Wednesday night’s episode alongside fellow newcomer Seann Walsh.
MailOnline contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity and they declined to comment.
Matt resigned as Health Secretary after it was discovered he had breached Covid-19 social distancing rules with Gina and was replaced in the role by Sajid Javid.
He later latter admitted he had ‘blown up every part of my life’ after he was caught on CCTV cheating on his wife with married aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina against the door of his Whitehall office in June last year.
New arrivals: Matt and Seann will be thrown into the deep end on their first day with a teaser video showing the pair taking on their first Bushtucker Trial, titled Beastly Burrows, in a bid to win stars for their new campmates.
He lost his job when it emerged they were seeing each other despite her being his aide and them breaking social distancing rules that he had created.
Matt and Seann will be thrown into the deep end on their first day with a teaser video showing the pair taking on their first Bushtucker Trial, titled Beastly Burrows, in a bid to win stars for their new campmates.
The late arrivals are tasked with scrambling through claustrophobic tunnels while being showered with bugs on the hunt for stars.
Former Health Secretary Matt takes the lead in the teaser clip, confidently crawling through the tunnels with a more nervous Seann on his tail.
The video shows the MP yelling as he’s covered with ‘slurry’ before arguing with Seann after asking him which way they should go.
‘I’m not a satnav I don’t know,’ the comedian tells Matt leading the show’s hosts Ant And Dec to burst out laughing.
A TikTok video released on Wednesday morning teasing Matt’s jungle arrival showed the MP insisting ‘I don’t think I’ve got any fears of phobias but we’re about to find out.’
Cheering them on: A teaser video for Wednesday night’s episode shows the MP and comedian taking on their first Bushtucker Trial, titled Beastly Burrows as Ant and Dec look on
‘If I’m asked to do a trial I just hope I can find those stars,’ he added with a smile, before admitting: ‘I’ve got absolutely no idea how I’ll deal with snakes. I’ve never come across a live snake before.’
‘Eating bugs, I’m sure I’ll be fine, I can just get it, you can just get it down you, can’t you?’
The former Health Secretary is poised to make his jungle debut alongside comedian Seann on Wednesday evening, but show bosses will ensure his stay gets off to a difficult start by throwing him into its most notorious camp, Snake Rock.
Terror tunnels: The video shows the MP yelling as he’s covered with ‘slurry’ before arguing with Seann after asking him which way they should go
Hancock previously revealed he’s going on I’m A Celeb to ‘prove politicians are humans too’ and connect with a younger audience, after his decision to enter the jungle sparked a fierce backlash from Westminster and the public.
Despite political insiders telling MailOnline that Hancock’s decision to go on I’m a Celebrity – and its reputed £400,000 pay day – will end his frontline political career, he has insisted that he’s received plenty of support from his fellow MPs, although admitted he doesn’t expect to serve in Government again.
Hancock also revealed that he’s ‘looking forward’ to showing the public a different side to him after his time in the cabinet.
Searching for stars: Former Health Secretary Matt takes the lead in the teaser clip, confidently crawling through the tunnels with a more nervous Seann on his tail
Tense: ‘I’m not a satnav I don’t know,’ the comedian tells Matt leading the show’s hosts Ant And Dec to burst out laughing
Explaining his decision to appear on the show, he explained: ‘I don’t expect to serve in Government again but there are lots of ways you can communicate and engage with people.
‘When I got approached to take part, I did think long and hard about it but one of the reasons that I felt able to say yes was because the IAC team have put in place a system so I can be reached at any point on any urgent constituency matters.
‘Lots of people have a view on me from being Health Secretary in the pandemic dealing with some very difficult issues, but that’s not the whole story. I am looking forward to throwing myself into it all like I do everything in life.
Ready for the jungle! I’m A Celebrity unveiled the first look at Matt (left) and comedian Seann on Tuesday
Cast: (L-R) Mike Tindall, Owen Warner, Olivia Attwood, Charlene White, Boy George, Scarlette Douglas, Sue Cleaver, Chris Moyles, Babatúndé Aléshé and Jill Scott were unveiled as the original I’m A Celebrity 2022 lineup
I’M A MP… GET ME IN THE JUNGLE: MATT’S QUICK-FIRE Q&A
Biggest 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.
What will your role be in the camp? I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too.
‘You can’t hide anything in the jungle, you see somebody warts and all.’
Going on to insist he has received a lot of support despite having his Conservative Party whip suspended, Matt added: ‘I informed the Whip and I gave my reasons. I have had a lot of supportive messages from people who can see what I am trying to do to show that politicians are people too.’
Despite his claims, Matt was publicly condemned by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this week, who said the MP will alienate voters in his West Suffolk constituents more than 10,000 miles from his ITV jungle camp, saying: ‘I was very disappointed with Matt’s decision.’
When quizzed on whether he thinks his colleagues in Parliament and the British public will be on speed dial voting for him to take part in the trials, Matt confessed: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up doing some of the trials! I am hoping I can win some stars for the camp, but most of all I am looking forward to being myself.’
While he’s hoping to win over the public during his time in the jungle, Matt admitted he’s ‘not expecting’ to be crowned King of the jungle?
‘It would be the icing on the cake and that would be wonderful,’ he revealed. ‘But I am not expecting it. My family are very supportive of me taking part on I’m A Celebrity. They have supported me doing some bonkers things like when I tried to get to the North Pole and in my public life as well.
‘I think you will learn things about yourself. You have all that time to think about what is important.’
I’m A Celebrity continues at 9pm on ITV on Wednesday night.
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.
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
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