‘Not a bad person!’ Naughty Boy’s family slam I’m A Celeb viewers for criticising star
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Earlier this week, Naughty Boy broke down in front of his fellow campmates after mentioning how he contemplated quitting the show following a difficult trial against Snoochie Shy in Treacherous Trap.
And while it seemed the music producer was already beginning to crumble after just 24 hours on the show, he later appeared to have had a change of heart and decided to stay after all.
He’s someone who is very paranoid and overthinks a lot
His family has since jumped to his defence in an interview with The Sun, as niece Aisha tells the publication how the pressure her uncle puts on himself can sometimes be “toxic”.
After watching Tuesday’s episode of I’m A Celeb, Aisha said: “He’s someone who is very paranoid and overthinks a lot.
“He lacks a lot of self confidence so he was doubting himself, thinking he wouldn’t be able to do it so I was giving him the reassurance he needs.”
According to Aisha, a little bit of reassurance from his campmates would go a long way for Naughty Boy — and since he’s not getting it from his family, he began to doubt himself.
“Because we know him, we just know he needs someone to say to him ‘you are doing great, you are doing fine’ and he will be back to normal again.”
Before entering the castle, Naughty Boy has spent the last five years caring for his 67-year-old mother, Zahida, who suffers from dementia, Aisha continued.
Having no contact with her or the rest of his family will undoubtedly have been very hard on him, mainly since Naughty Boy’s time on the show has been anything but an easy ride in itself.
His mother has been banned from watching episodes of I’m A Celeb in fear that her son’s behaviour will be too distressing for her.
Naughty Boy is also an ambassador for Dementia UK, helping those who suffer from memory loss, language problem-solving and other thinking difficulties.
Aisha went on to tell OK! that she firmly believes her uncle will not only continue on the show but eventually find his feet once entering the main camp.
She stressed that Naughty Boy is very close to his family, who he has often relied on for moral support in the past.
But what’s apparent in the few days that the Running music producer has been on I’m A Celeb is that “he’s not a bad person,” Aisha continued.
“He wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s so sensitive. When he is overwhelmed and anxious, he lets the smallest thing get to him and I think that is what’s happened.
“When he is overwhelmed and anxious, he lets the smallest thing get to him and I think that is what’s happened.
“I think he thinks he’d holding his team back as he hasn’t won his trials, which is probably making him overthink it all even more.”
Aisha wouldn’t want anything more than for her uncle to stop self-doubting himself, which she says has mainly been caused by the fact that he hasn’t won any trials for his campmates yet, despite having faced multiple so far.
She further mentioned that Naughty Boy would not have committed to a challenge if he believed he would end up quitting the show down the line.
Aisha is confident that as the series continues, her uncle’s character and good intentions will continue to show, adding that his family is incredibly proud of him.
Meanwhile, it was another overwhelming day for Naughty Boy on Wednesday’s episode of I’m A Celeb when he had a quarrel with his campmates over dinner.
His sister was quick to back her brother, tweeting: “So you’re telling me none of you have had mood swings or been overwhelmed? I’ll wait. Being scrutinised on national TV for having a completely normal reaction is not it.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here continues at 9pm tomorrow on ITV.
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