Peter Andre doesn’t think Matt Hancock can “save his reputation” by appearing on “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!”.
The former health secretary is set to enter the jungle in the coming days, but pop star Peter – who finished third on the ITV show in 2004 and met the ex- wife Katie Price during her time on the show – explained that people are still “hurt” by the actions Matt has taken to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “I always said [Ant and Dec] are the kings of what they do – when the line-up hasn’t been great, they put on the show. But they actually have a really exciting cast this year and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Life may seem to have returned to normal, but the shadow of Matt Hancock hanging over this camp is a great reminder of all the hurt people have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.”
The Australian-born singer – who now lives in London with his wife Emily and their children together, Amelia, eight, and Theo, five – admitted he was unable to see his parents for two years due to the travel restrictions imposed during lockdowns, and claimed the impact of COVID is still “very raw” for millions of people as he wondered how the MP could ever defend himself.
In an article for Yahoo! News, he wrote, “Now even though I haven’t seen my parents for two years because they were halfway around the world and I couldn’t travel, we have to remember the millions of people whose elderly parents lived just down the road – and they weren’t able to visit either. It’s still very raw. So he might come across as a really nice guy – that’s irrelevant. What can- he say in his defense?”
Matt has also previously come under fire after he was caught kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo amid the COVID-19 pandemic while social distancing guidelines were in place.
The ‘Mysterious Girl’ hitmaker – who also has Junior, 17, and Princess, 15, from his marriage to Katie – continued to reflect on his own time on ‘I’m A Celebrity’, and even if it makes Nearly two decades since he appeared on the show, he can still “feel the fire burning” every time the series returns to screens.
He wrote: “Can you believe it’s been 18 years since I last did the show? But when I see the celebrities walk into camp for the first time, everything comes back to me, even the smell.
“Smell has such a strong connection to memory and when I see that red phone booth surrounded by bushes and hammocks, I can smell the fire burning and the oppressive humidity of tropical storms churning through the air.”