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Naughty Boy Was Forced To Pull Out Of I’m A Celeb Last Year

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Naughty Boy Was Forced To Pull Out Of I’m A Celeb Last Year

Naughty Boy has opened up about why he was forced to turn down I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! last year.

The music producer, whose real name is Shahid Khan, said he was 'gutted' that he couldn't take part but knew it wasn't the right time to leave his mum, who has dementia.

In an interview with PA, before he entered the castle he said: "I was gutted I wasn't able to do the show last year.

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Credit: ITV
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"We were in and out of lockdown and, with so much anxiety, it just didn't feel like the right time.

"I'm hoping there is someone in the castle that has had some kind of experience with someone in their family or grandparents with dementia, and that would be a great conversation to have because there's so much to learn.

"I don't know everything, I'm learning as I go.

"I think that'd be a good conversation for us to have and for the viewers to watch because no-one's going to expect me to go in and talk about [it].

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"This is me, going in as Naughty Boy, but also as Shahid Khan, and I'm quite a private guy.

"I like having my mystery, I'm not going into the castle to lose all of my mystery but I definitely want to be honest and open and I want to share stories and learning, because we're forever learning."

Naughty Boy's family urged viewers to be kind towards the star after he threatened to quit the show last night.

He told his fellow campmates in The Clink that he thought his time on the show was 'done' after failing two challenges, but some viewers took to social media to accuse Naughty Boy of being 'dramatic'.

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In response, his official account quote retweeted a post that read: "In a world where so many say to 'be kind' and so much focus on mental health and changing the stigma around men and depression/anxiety, the reaction and comments towards Naughty Boy are disappointing, to say the least."

Alongside the words: "This! If only everyone knew what he's battling on the outside world.

"His mum (my nan) is battling dementia and he has been taking care of her for the last five years.

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"This is the first time he has left her to do something life-changing! He is just overwhelmed and he will be fine."

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Topics: I'm a celebrity, TV and Film, Celebrity

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