EXCLUSIVE ‘He messed up’: Babatúndé Aléshé told Matt Hancock how ‘disappointed’ he was with his behaviour during the pandemic – but admits MP won him over after seeing funny side of ‘bum grab’ joke
Babatúndé Aléshé told Matt Hancock how ‘disappointed’ he was with his behaviour 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 grew to ‘highly respect’ the ex-Health Secretary, 44, for being able to ‘hold his hands up’ and he ‘commends’ Matt for trying to rectify his mistakes.
In his first interview since leaving I’m A Celeb, Baba told MailOnline that Matt ‘appreciated’ being teased about canoodling girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, 54, and admits while he doesn’t understand every element of politics, he knew exactly what was going on in the famous footage.
Baba said: ‘With Matt I wanted him to be comfortable with being teased.
‘He was saying to me that he actually appreciates that because what is politics without having comedians or people who mock what we do?
‘He’s a good sport honest to God I respect the man highly for having people like me, Seann and even Chris be on his back for certain things.
‘I involved him in the joke, I wasn’t trying to laugh at him, I was trying to laugh with him and make him laugh at himself.
‘I’m from a different perspective, everyone else is coming from a perspective where they actually understand politics a bit more whereas I am coming from a working class perspective where it’s like I might not understand everything you do but certain things that you do are funny to me like the whole bum grab – all of that stuff, that’s what my generation and my culture would point out.’
Baba went viral after he asked Matt about the passionate clinch between him and Gina, which saw the MP breach social distancing guidance when they were caught kissing in his ministerial office last year.
Matt said ‘I messed up and fessed up. I resigned and it’s no excuse, but I fell in love, right?’ with Baba replying, ‘you didn’t just fall in love you were grabbing booty bruv!’
While teasing Matt, Baba didn’t hold back when letting his fellow campmate know how he felt amid the controversy.
He said: ‘I also spoke to him about how disappointed I was at how much he messed up but you know what I have to admit that guy is someone who definitely is able to hold his hands up and say yes, I did wrong and I’m trying to right my wrongs and I commend him for that.’
It wasn’t just Matt’s presence in camp that made the experience challenging for Baba.
He wanted to quit the show entirely after facing ‘low moments’ in camp and discovering the true extent of living on rations, relying on winning stars for survival, and being refused a sneaky biscuit off camera.
When asked if he was ready to give up at any point, Baba replied: ‘Definitely. There were many low moments.
‘It is intense, it’s not easy, being there is not easy at all – it’s not a joke you’re really in the middle of the jungle, it’s not a set.
‘There’s no ‘can I have a biscuit?’ on the side. They don’t give it to you, it’s real and we learnt in the first week that they’re not playing.
‘When they say you’re having rice and beans, they really mean it and you have to get comfortable with having so little and when you win trials, and you actually get food you have to learn how to appreciate and sharing so little with so many.
‘I learnt that I have the capacity to endure and keep going because I never gave up and there were times where I could really just say let me leave the jungle and come back home and be with my family, but I just didn’t give up and every day was an achievement for me.’
He was the first contestant to say, ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ after failing to complete challenge Walk The Plank due to his fear of heights.
But he came back fighting when the public voted for him to do the first Bushtucker Trial of the series, Horrifying Heights, which saw him suspended 100ft in the air, earning nine stars for camp.
Baba now says it was his ‘proudest moment’ and he hopes one day that his six-year-old son, Judah, who he shares with wife Leonie, will take inspiration from his courage.
He said: ‘I exceeded my own expectations. When I got to the eighth star and I knew I had one more left, I was like wow I’m actually here and before I jumped off it took a lot for me.
‘Ant and Dec were encouraging me and saying, ‘just go’ and I really had to shout at myself to even jump over the ledge – that’s my proudest moment.’
The Tottenham-born funnyman, who lost his father at a young age, had Judah at the forefront of his mind when enduring the gruesome jungle trials, which he was able to relate to the outside world.
He added: ‘I didn’t grow up with my dad so I never got taught the things that I believe a dad should teach their children about life and being brave and taking on the world and the challenges you can face dealing with people.
‘So, I definitely feel like even though it was two weeks, and it was a small time, two weeks and a half, I can definitely take this experience and teach my son about stepping into the unknown and being comfortable with it.’
Source: Daily Mail