Babatúndé Aléshé told Matt Hancock how ‘disappointed’ he was with his behavior during the pandemic – but admits the politician won him over after seeing the funny side of his ‘bum grab’ joke.
The comedian, 36, says he ‘greatly respected’ the ex-minister of health, 44, for being able to ‘hold his hands up’ and he ‘praises’ Matt for trying to right his wrongs.
In his first interview since leaving I’m A Celeb, Baba told MailOnline that Matt “appreciated” being teased about nibbling girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, 54, and admits that while he doesn’t understand every element of politics, he knew exactly what was going on. in the famous images.
‘He’s a good sport’: Babatúndé Aléshé told Matt Hancock how ‘disappointed’ he was with his behavior during the pandemic – but admits the politician won him over after seeing the funny side of his ‘bum grab’ joke
Baba said, “With Matt, I wanted him to feel comfortable being teased.
“He told me he really appreciates that because what’s politics without comedians or people making fun of what we’re doing?
“He’s a good sport, fair to God. I respect the man a lot because people like me, Seann and even Chris are on his heels for certain things.
“I included him in the joke, I tried not to laugh at him, I tried to laugh with him and make him laugh.
“I come from a different perspective, everyone else comes from a perspective where they actually understand politics a little bit more, while I come from a working class perspective where it’s like maybe I don’t understand everything you do, but certain things what you do are funny to me, like the whole bum — all that stuff, that’s what my generation and my culture would point to.”
Friendship: The comedian says he ‘greatly respected’ the ex-minister of health for being able to ‘hold his hands up’ and he ‘praises’ Matt for trying to right his wrongs
Baba went viral after asking Matt about his and Gina’s passionate encounter, with the MP donating social distancing guidelines when they were caught kissing in his ministerial office last year.
Matt said, “I messed up and gave in. I quit my job and that’s no excuse, but I fell in love, didn’t I?’ with Baba replying ‘you didn’t just fall in love, you grabbed booty bruv!’
Teasing Matt, Baba didn’t hold back as he let his fellow campmate know how he felt in the midst of the controversy.
He said “I also talked to him about how disappointed I was with how much he messes up but you know what I have to admit that guy is someone who is definitely capable of holding his hands up and saying yes I got it done wrong and I’m trying to right my wrongs and I praise him for that.
Opening: Baba went viral after asking Matt about his and Gina’s passionate encounter, with the MP breaching social distancing guidelines when they were caught kissing in his ministerial office last year
It wasn’t just Matt’s presence at camp that made the experience challenging for Baba.
He wanted to leave the show altogether after experiencing “low moments” in camp, discovering how big life was on rations, reliant on winning stars to survive, and being denied a sneaky cookie off-camera.
When asked if he was willing to give up at any point, Baba replied, ‘Absolutely. There were many lows.
“It’s intense, it’s not easy, it’s not easy at all to be there – it’s not a joke that you’re really in the middle of the jungle, it’s not a set.
Difficult: The comedian wanted to leave the show completely after experiencing “low moments” in camp and discovering the true extent of living on rations
“There’s no ‘can I have a cookie?’ out of the way. They don’t give it to you, it’s real and we learned in the first week that they don’t play.
“When they say you eat rice and beans they really mean it and you have to be comfortable with so little and when you win trials and you get real food you have to learn how to appreciate and share with so little people. a lot.
“I learned that I have the ability to persevere and keep going because I never gave up and there were times where I could really just say let me get out of the jungle and come back home and be with my family, but I just didn’t give up. on and every day was an achievement for me.’
Oh no: he was the first contestant to say, “I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!” after failing to complete the Walk The Plank challenge due to his fear of heights
He was the first contestant to say, “I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!” after failing to complete the Walk The Plank challenge due to his fear of heights.
But he came back fighting when the audience voted for him to do the series’ first Bushtucker Trial, Horrifying Heights, where he floated 100 feet in the air and earned nine stars for the camp.
Baba now says it was his “proudest moment” and he hopes one day his six-year-old son Judah, whom he shares with wife Leonie, will draw inspiration from his bravery.
He said, “I exceeded my own expectations. When I got to the eighth star and I knew I had one left, I was like wow I’m really here and before I jumped off it took me a long time.
Baba said, ‘It’s intense, it’s not easy, being there isn’t easy at all – it’s not a joke you’re really in the middle of the jungle, it’s not a set’
“Ant and Dec cheered me on and said ‘just go’ and I really had to yell at myself to even jump the ledge – that’s my proudest moment.”
The Tottenham-born prankster, who lost his father at a young age, had Judah at the forefront of his mind as he endured the horrific trials in the jungle, which he could relate to the outside world.
He added: “I didn’t grow up with my dad so I never learned the things I think a dad should teach his kids about life and being brave and taking on the world and the challenges you can face get when you interact with people.
“So I definitely feel that even though it was two weeks, and it was a short time, two weeks and a half, I can definitely use this experience and teach my son how to step into the unknown and feel comfortable with it.” with feels.’
Exit: After overcoming his fear of heights earlier in the series, the comedian said goodbye to his camp mates on Wednesday