It might be a different story in down in camp, but there are currently no flies on Matt Hancock as he kicks back in a lavish boutique property on Australia’s picturesque east coast ahead of an imminent appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The beleaguered former Health Secretary, 44, has surprised many by agreeing to take part in the long-running ITV show as it returns to its native home in rural New South Wales after a two year absence sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
But while his Conservative party colleagues might disagree, his current digs suggest it was a decision well made, at least in the short term, as he makes the most of a lavish boutique property complete with a private pool, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and that ever present Australian sunshine.
As Brits brace themselves for a long cold winter, Hancock is enjoying a temporary stay in a bright, airy home at an idyllic coastal location before making a less than welcoming jungle debut alongside fellow late arrival Sean Walsh during Tuesday evening’s show.
Pricey pad: Matt Hancock is enjoying a temporary stay at this idyllic boutique home ahead of his trip to the Australian jungle for the latest series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
He gets my vote: The former Health Secretary has surprised many by agreeing to take part in the long-running ITV show as it returns to its native home in rural New South Wales after a two year absence sparked by the coronavirus pandemic
On the website advertising his isolated home, the owner welcomes potential guests to ‘escape’ and invites them to relax on the ‘sun-drenched pool deck’, which spans across two levels.
The property would have given Matt direct access to the white sands of a nearby beach, where he could unwind with a view of the ocean.
Every level of the home has a large balcony, which is perfect for tanning in the warm Australian weather, though Matt has avoided being spotted by remaining indoors.
But why go out when stunning verandas, private patios and neatly manicured lawns surround the property, while an array of double bedrooms, bathrooms and an enormous dining area remain at his complete disposal.
Look inside: The holiday house, which has an idyllic view of the beach, has a private pool, five bedrooms, and four bathrooms, and it sleeps up to 10 people
Living it up: A source told MailOnline that ‘Matt has been living a life of luxury since landing in Australia. He’s had his breakfast, lunch, and dinner specially delivered to him and an array of toiletry products too’
Natural light: Every level of the home has a large balcony, which is perfect for tanning in the warm Australian weather, though Matt avoided being spotted – so stayed indoors
Step outside: The property would have given Hancock direct access to the white sands of a local beach, where he could unwind with a view of the ocean
In comparison to Matt’s beach pad, Chris Moyles, 48, described his isolation home as a ‘caravan.’
Speaking before going into camp, the former Radio One DJ said: ‘Isolation has been okay. Well, it’s weird… it’s very weird. It’s psychologically fascinating.
‘I could go down that route, but it might be too much. I’ve got a nice caravan on the beach, and they let me out for half an hour a day.’
But Hancock’s luck is about to change – and not for the better – as he’s being whisked away from his home comforts and is about to endure the reality of life in camp earlier than expected following the abrupt departure of reality TV star Olivia Attwood.
The father-of-three will swapping his private swimming pool for a hammock and hole in the ground, where campmates go to the toilet and have to manually dispose of each day.
He is also set to face a record number of Bush Tucker trials, as the public are determined to see him squirm during his time in camp.
Hancock landed in Brisbane, Australia last Wednesday morning after it was revealed he had signed up to the reality series to raise awareness of dyslexia.
Living the dream: The former Tory MP has been living at the property in New South Wales, which is halfway between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, for a week – while his co-stars entered the jungle last Friday
Stunning: On the website advertising Hancock’s isolation home, the owner welcomes potential guests to ‘escape’ and invites them to relax on the ‘sun-drenched pool deck’, which spans across two levels
A place in the sun: While Hancock has been living a life of luxury, campmate Chris Moyles described his isolation home as a ‘caravan’
Earlier this week, the Daily Mail exclusively revealed that he was given ‘special treatment’ ahead of his jungle stint by being granted permission to use his phone and laptop during his isolation period.
Hancock, who lost the Tory whip when it was announced he had signed up, was allowed to speak to his personal advisor via Zoom despite his co-stars having their technology confiscated.
A source said: ‘Matt has been given a different arrangement during his isolation period to the other contestants. He has been allowed his phone and laptop so he can carry on working and keep in touch with his constituents.’
The Daily Mail also revealed that the former Health Secretary’s girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, 45, will be flying out to Australia to support him on the show.
Jungle fever: The politician will be forced to exchange his lavish digs for the basic surroundings of rural New South Wales over the coming weeks
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: 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.
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