Boy George ‘surprised’ by Matt Hancock ‘bullying’ accusations

I'm A Celeb: Boy George is eliminated from the jungle

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Boy George appeared on Tuesday’s instalment of Lorraine wearing his signature smokey-eye makeup and one of his vibrant hats to discuss his time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The Karma Chameleon singer may have not made it to the final, but he made his presence known in camp for being unapologetically himself. However, the hitmaker admitted he was stunned the public accused him of “bullying” former Health Secretary Matt Hancock when he was booted out of the jungle. 

Speaking with ITV host Lorraine Kelly about starring in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, which returned to Australia, Boy George said: “The thing with Matt was that I wasn’t prepared for it. 

“I don’t like surprises, so for me, I was like, ‘Okay’, and I was asked a question about it and it actually brought back a lot of quite painful stuff for me. 

“It’s not like me to cry, I am usually very stoic, usually I will cry in private as it’s good to cry but at that moment.

“What I didn’t want was people watching who had been through some painful things, was for them to think we were all laughing at them.” 

Boy George said once he got what he wanted off his chest to Matt, there “was no point in picking on him” as that was not his job. 

“He isn’t a dislikable human being,” Boy Geroge added. “My only problem was the way he apologised.” 

Boy George said he was “quite surprised” he had read in the news following his eviction from the show that he had “bullied” Matt. 

“I knew for a fact he would never come out and say I’d bullied him because that was the opposite of what I did,” the musician explained. 

“That was the opposite of what I did. Bullying would be being dishonest and saying things behind his back to everyone else. 

“There was a lot of that in the background, people saying things about Matt and then being friendly to his face. 

“I said what I had to say then I wanted to enjoy my time in the jungle.” 

Boy George was the fourth star to be eliminated from this year’s I’m A Celebrity, whereas Matt made it to the final three. 

He came third to actor Owen Warner and Queen of the Jungle and former Lioness Jill Scott. 

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Lorraine viewers flocked to Twitter to comment on Boy George’s interview with the Scottish broadcaster. 

Mike Baldwin penned: “@BoyGeorge just watched George on #Lorraine. You just know when someone is being completely honest and truthful.” 

@Bambabalino said: “@BoyGeorge That is exactly why I loved you on the show and hated him being there – and at no point is expressing your hurt to others about another person bullying #Lorraine.” 

Shaheen added: “I love @BoyGeorge, what a great entrance. I think he did amazing in the jungle and I’m so glad to hear he’s sparkling again #Lorraine.” 

Lucy commented: “You’re fabulous @BoyGeorge. I loved watching you be sassy!” 

However, Sharon remarked: “I think Lorraine is wee bit eager to agree with Boy George, afraid to upset him.” 

Jessica Elliot shared: “#Lorraine I dare you to ask #BoyGeorge about his prison sentence because you didn’t ask Scarlette [Douglas] yesterday, as obviously, bashing Matt Hancock was more important.” (sic) 

Lorraine airs on weekdays at 9am on ITV. 

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