The former Health Secretary, 44, walked in on Boy George, 61, calling him ‘slimy’ during a conversation with Seann Walsh.
Admitting that he has a problem with Matt, the pop icon then apologised for talking behind his back – but stuck firm on his opinion.
Not happy: I’m A Celebrity fans slammed Boy George for being a ‘bully’ after he butt heads with fellow campmate Matt Hancock on Friday’s show
Boy George has been brutally honest through out his time in the Australian jungle and says it how it is.
But fans feel his behaviour has turned into bullying, with one writing: ‘Loved the way @MattHancock dealt with @BoyGeorge last night on I’m a celeb. George clearly wanted a hostile response to justify his bully boy behaviour. I’m not a Tory but I take my hat off. George you’re a narcissistic bully plain and simple. The UK has seen it.’
Another penned: ‘Rig that vote and get Boy George out right now. He’s manipulative, a crybaby and a man child. Well done to Matt for dealing with that well. By far one of the worst contestants ever on I’m a Celeb.’
A third said: ‘How does Boy George manage to make Matt Hancock look like a normal guy… George is SO unnecessarily horrible’
Awkward: The former Health Secretary, 44, walked in on Boy George, 61, calling him ‘slimy’ during a conversation with Seann Walsh
However, others praised his honesty with Matt and also his kind acts towards other campmates.
One fan wrote: ‘Seen far too much boy george slander on this site since I’m a celeb started…..that man is the most iconic person in the jungle’
Another said: ‘Those that are calling BG mean, bully etc. They forget to mention the nice things he does like. Choosing a ball for Charlene because she cooks for the camp, or lifting the spirit of Baba when he was beating himself up for dropping the stars etc’
Tough: Boy George has been brutally honest through out his time in the Australian jungle but fans feel his behaviour has turned into bullying
It comes 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 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.
Icon: However, others praised his honesty with Matt and also his kind acts towards other campmates
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.
Boy George replied: ‘That’s what it felt like,’ before the MP apologised and explained: ‘Ok, I’m really sorry about that. That wasn’t my intention at all.’
‘You do it a lot actually,’ said the performer as Matt once again apologised, adding that he didn’t want to make him feel uncomfortable.
Boy George told Matt: ‘I just feel everyone’s trying to be too nice. It’s getting on my t*ts. I don’t want arguments… I’m just like come on guys, have a laugh. I’ll be honest with you, I think your presence has made everyone very compliant.’
‘Compliant, it’s a funny word,’ said Matt.
Admitting that he was chatting behind his back, Boy George replied: ‘I have been hating on you, I have to be honest. I sometimes feel like you don’t say what you mean and you’re not particularly direct.’
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
The pair both claimed that they were both ‘just being me’, before Boy George dubbed Matt ‘very confusing’.
Boy George then told Matt: ‘I’m trying to separate you as a human being and you as a politician and I’m struggling with it. We don’t share the same politics.’
‘I am struggling a little bit with you. That’s not your problem, that’s my problem. I apologise because I was really sl**ging you off a minute ago,’ he continued.
Matt said: ‘I’d far rather you said it. I’ve been saying how much I’ve enjoyed spending time with you.’
Admission: George was honest about his feelings to Matt but only when he was overheard by the MP following a conversation with Seann
Chatting in the Bush Telegraph, Boy George shared: ‘He’s probably going to be quite upset and I was kicking off a bit and I just thought, you know what, just tell him to his face what you feel. It feels like a relief to me. I thought, I don’t want to come out of here and feel like I’ve been dishonest. I had to be truthful..’
Boy George previously revealed his unhappiness at Matt’s entrance into the jungle, explaining that his mother had a difficult battle with Covid-19, during Matt’s run as Health Secretary.
The performer even threatened to leave the jungle due to the MP’s participation, before deciding to stick it out.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues on Saturday at 9.10pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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