He’s reportedly the highest-paid I’m a Celebrity contestant in the show’s history.
But Boy George’s goddaughter Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace is not surprised as she reveals the hitmaker is in the jungle just for the money.
The Big Brother contestant said the singer, 61, was worth the whopping £500,000 he’s allegedly being paid because ‘he’s an artist’.
Motivated by money: Boy George’s goddaughter Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace is not surprised he’s the highest paid contestant as she reveals the hitmaker is in the jungle just for the money
Speaking to The Sun, she said: ‘Of course it was the money that got him in there!
‘He’s an absolute living legend and a diva, he’s not going to take a penny crumb.
‘He’s an artist – reality stars are reality stars and that’s fine but people like him are one of a kind.’
In her 2009 autobiography, Aisleyne: Surviving Guns, Gangs and Glamour, she detailed how her mum became friends with the rocker.
Having her say: The Big Brother contestant said the singer, 61, was worth the whopping £500,000 he’s allegedly being paid because ‘he’s an artist’
She penned: ‘Mum had met this tall, big-nosed Irish guy called George O’Dowd at the Tottenham. They were absolute bezzy mates for ages – way before the rest of the world met Boy George…
‘She told me he would put me on his knee and sing to me. He would change my nappies, do my hair and dress me up like a little punk doll…
‘Then there was Siouxsie Sioux and Poly Styrene and all the other singers and Musicians…. Johnny Rotten and some of the others in the Sex Pistols crew were in Mum’s gang as well.’
Friendship: In her 2009 autobiography, Aisleyne: Surviving Guns, Gangs and Glamour, she detailed how her mum became friends with the rocker (Boy George holding a baby Aisleyne)
It comes after it was reported that Boy George threatened to quit I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here this week as he clashed with producers of the ITV show.
The Culture Club star is said to have been unhappy with the fact that he couldn’t return to camp from a Bushtucker Trial in a golf buggy, as campmate Sue Cleaver was.
Citing that the soap star has special conditions meaning she can’t walk up the steep hill between the trial grounds and camp, a source told The Sun that the singer was made to walk up the hill rather than catch a ride – resulting in his flare-up.
Clash: I’m A Celeb’s Boy George, 61, reportedly threatened to QUIT the show in clash with ITV producers this week after being refused a ride to camp in a golf buggy
According to the publication, Boy George and the rest of the campmates had to walk back to camp from a Bushtucker trial – while Sue was taken by golf buggy due to a condition meaning she is unable to walk the steep hill.
But the singer allegedly wasn’t happy that he couldn’t get a lift, as the source continued that he stole an apple from a producer and hid in a nearby area so he couldn’t be filmed.
‘Boy George threw a massive strop and demanded to be driven in his own buggy – but ITV were having none of it as they said it would not be fair on the others,’ the source told the publication.
Not happy: The Culture Club star is said to have been unhappy with the fact that he couldn’t return to camp from a Bushtucker trial in a golf buggy, as campmate Sue Cleaver was
‘He then stormed into one of the production crew tents and pinched an apple, before hiding behind trees so that he couldn’t be filmed by any of the show’s cameras,’ they continued.
‘He was threatening to walk out of the show, and in that moment he probably would have done.’
Boy George allegedly calmed down and returned to camp after seeing the producers’ side.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for ITV for comment, while a representative for Boy George took to the star’s Instagram in response.
Special circumstances: Sue Cleaver was allegedly taken by golf buggy from the trial due to a condition meaning she is unable to walk the steep hill
Describing him as a ‘complex and interesting’ person who wants to ‘challenge himself’, George’s representative wrote: ‘He’s prob hungry and bored and doesn’t like games or people pretending to be something they are not.’
‘If you want real honesty and watch emotional challenges handled by someone whose In recovery and works everyday to be a better person, then go on his journey with him,’ he added. ‘Who in that camp could possibly know what it’s like to be Boy George?’
Concluding the lengthy statement with: ‘It’s gonna be a bumpy ride and you may not see him play hide and seek, may see him get annoyed but he’s lovely and real and it’s riveting… TV reality doesn’t always present things how they are.’
And it certainly has been a bumpy ride for the star so far, who has butted heads with is fellow campmates since entering the villa.
I’m A Celeb 2022: ‘I find him slimy’: Matt Hancock, 44, and Boy George, 61, butted heads again during Friday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here1
Opinionated: Admitting that he had a problem with the former Health Secretary, Boy George apologised for talking behind his back – but stuck firm on his opinion
During Friday evening’s episode, he was locked in a tiff with Matt Hancock, describing the former Health Secretary as ‘slimy’.
The war of words came after the camp lost out on the opportunity to win chocolate during the day’s Deals On Wheels challenge – leaving Boy George unhappy as he later revealed he ‘didn’t like the way Matt looked at me’ during the chocolate ordeal.
Later chatting with comedian Seann Walsh at the creek, the Culture Club star said: ‘Can’t stand Matt. I have tried to like him and I’ve failed. I find him slimy, I find him slippery. I find him just… I made a joke about chocolate.
‘He just looked at me like… I wanted to say, “What are you looking at? Don’t you look at me like that.” I’ve tried to separate what I feel about him from who he is as a person, but I can’t,’ he continued.
Tiff: While he also appeared to have a problem with Charlene White, dubbing the Journalist ‘bossy’ as she took over cooking duties in camp
Matt then joined the conversation, with Boy George telling him: ‘I was making a joke about the chocolate. For god’s sake I was like… let’s have a bit of fun. I didn’t like the way you looked at me. I made a joke and you were like…’
‘Oh no, I wasn’t… that wasn’t my intention,’ replied a taken aback Matt.
Despite Boy George admitting that he was ‘strugglign’ to seperate the Matt from his career and personality, the MP appeared unfazed by the conversation.
When Matt entered the jungle, Boy George also threatened to leave the show as he showed his distaste for the way that the MP had handled the Covid-19 pandemic.
While he also appeared to have a problem with Charlene White, dubbing the Journalist ‘bossy’ as she took over cooking duties in camp.
Another moment in Saturday night’s episode was when George spoke to Seann about the campmates not being themselves in the jungle.
‘It’s hard to be totally yourself in this environment anyway, you know you’re with people you don’t know, you’re only getting a surface experience of who they are,’ he told the Bush Telegraph.
Speaking to Seann on the terrace, George added: ‘I’m lacking the stimulation I need, and I don’t mean that…
‘Because I think all these people would be more fun outside of here. Sue I think would be a scream outside here. Mike is much wilder outside here, I’ve heard stories. People aren’t being themselves. And I can see it.’
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener!
DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat!
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
CLAIM TO FAME: Politician
PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too