I’m A Celebrity 2021 star Naughty Boy helps care for his mother who has dementia, and he almost quit the show to see her last month
Naughty Boy’s family have revealed all on his mother Zahida’s reaction to him being on I’m A Celebrity 2021.
The music producer has been doing well in all the trials, while he did threaten to quit a few times at the start of the series hosted by Ant and Dec.
His niece Aisha Shaban has revealed the star was “overwhelmed” and said it was likely down to him worrying about his mother, who has dementia.
Naughty Boy, real name Shahid Khan, cares for his mother and lives with her, and he opened up about her diagnosis before he went on the ITV series.
He pulled out of last year’s series of the show as he was worried about leaving his mum, following her diagnosis a year earlier.
Aisha explained the likely reason behind his threats that he would quit the show amid backlash from some viewers, as she spoke to Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Thursday.
She said: “I think going in, he must’ve been really overwhelmed. Prior to the show starting, they had to quarantine for two weeks.
“He’s a carer for his mum who has dementia and I think due to being away from her for so long, having no contact he must have felt really overwhelmed, really unsure as to whether she’s okay, if he’s doing the right thing.
“But I think as time goes forward as he’s formed a bond with the other campmates, you can see he’s more comfortable and with each trial he’s gaining more confidence.
“He’s not the weakest link as he first thought – he is actually really strong, so I think he just needed that push.”
Aisha then opened up about her grandmother’s condition, and how her uncle’s appearance on the series has impacted her.
She explained that she isn’t shown everything, but that her grandmother watches the show with the family – and is “comforted” to see him on screen every night.
Aisha told the hosts: “We watch all together every night, and when he does the trials, we make sure she doesn’t watch it.
“With dementia, you tend to assume everything is true, so if she saw him in the trial, she’d think he was in trouble, so we don’t let her watch him in the trials.
“But otherwise, she sees him on the TV, she’ll talk to the TV like it’s Facetime and she’ll say, ‘Hello my son’ and she cheers for him, it’s so sweet.
“Seeing him on the telly every night does give her comfort because otherwise she’s very used to seeing him every day and although that did have an impact on her the first few days he was away, I think now she’s very much used to him being away.
“She knows every day at nine o’clock he’s on the TV.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.