Winning food on I’m A Celebrity, for the contestants is one of the best feelings in the world. It may not seem like much for us, after all, it is only a TV show, but spare a thought for those poor celebrities, because if they do not win food, they will go hungry!
So with that in mind, can you imagine what a gut punch it would be to not be able to partake in such a glorious mealtime because of your religious beliefs?
Well, that has been taken into account, and luckily for Amir Khan – who went cold on the idea of partaking in I’m A Celebrity earlier in November because his Muslim faith means he can only eat Halal food – there have been some exceptions made so that he can partake in mealtimes with the rest of the group whenever they win the food, so that you know, he doesn’t starve while competing in the jungle.
So as it turns out, whenever the group win food during their horrendous-looking bushtucker trials, 30-year-old boxer Amir Khan is provided with a Halal alternative, so that he can eat his rations without compromising his Muslim faith.
So, while the celebrities all prepare their own meals after the trials, there’s a team behind the scenes that ensure Amir gets his meal.
Some of you may not have thought about it, but it has been on the mind of others, with one person in particular taking to social media to ask about it.
An inquisitive follower asked on Twitter: “Forever wondering what @amirkingkhan does when there’s all that haram meat around?”
A tweet from Amir Khan’s official Twitter page replied and confirmed the news this week.
The tweet said: “Amir is provided with a Halal option whenever the camp win food. #TeamAK”
However, if you thought that Amir might have gotten out of the creepy crawlie challenges, which must test the resolve of every celebrity, no matter how large their fee is, it turns out that they are acceptable to consume according to the Muslim faith.
After realising that he may have to partake in the infamous trials and eat bugs, Amir ruled himself out of the show on the grounds of his religious beliefs earlier this month.
But in the end, Amir said that he only signed the deal to appear on the show, which is reported to be worth an eye-watering £400,000, when he learned that he wouldn’t compromise his Muslim faith.
According to the Quran, scorpions are the only creepy crawlie that is banned – much like pork is seen as an unclean food.
The Bolton-born boxer, who is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, and who holds a pro record of 31 wins and 4 losses with 19 wins by knock out, has become a fan favourite during his time on I’m A Celebrity, as he squirms and squeals his way through the trials.
He gave the audiences at home a moment of head-scratching hilarity when he asked whether there had EVER BEEN A FEMALE PRIME MINISTER.
Obviously Amir is not aware of the huge political impact that the Thatcher cabinet had on the socioeconomic climate of Britain even to this day. He’s also obviously not aware that the current Prime Minister is a woman.
So he’s obviously not a political buff.
One viewer commented that Amir “makes Joey Essex look like Einstein.”
But it wasn’t Amir’s first blunder since entering the jungle a little over a week ago, as he also left viewers in hysterics when he mistook steam for smoke, as well as admitting that he didn’t know what a ‘critter’ was.
To be fair, he has had a lot of blows to the head over the years.
This comes after spin-off show presenter Joe Dommett let slip an embarrassing behind the scenes secret about Amir Khan which left the audience at home totally gobsmacked.
Former campmate Joel said that he “didn’t know whether he was allowed to say” but went on to explain anyway.
The stair, who came in second on last year’s I’m A Celebrity, received the information from a “show insider” and decided to share the gossipy information with audiences across the globe.
Co-host Scarlett Moffatt, of Gogglebox fame, said: “You could never say [Amir] has a game plan because he doesn’t even understand the show so you know that that is genuinely him.
“I don’t think he thinks anyone even sees this part.”
Joel then replied: “Someone told me this and I don’t know whether I’m allowed to say this – but I’m bloody doing it!
“Someone said to me that when he was first in the Bush Telegraph, for the first couple of days, he didn’t know he was being filmed.
“Isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard? He thought he was just talking to someone and it was just like a weird little, sort of, therapist.”
Amir previously admitted that he’d never watched the show, to which Ant and Dec cheekily hit back that they had never seen him box.
It comes after Amir slammed his fellow campmate Iain Lee after once again for crying after he failed to complete a task in the jungle.
In other I’m A Celeb news, the campmates have been praised for a frank and open discussion on the subject of mental health, which was aired on last night’s show (Nov. 28)
A few of this year’s jungle residents were talking about their own experiences, and it all began after Stanley Johnson, the father of Boris, asked Iain Lee what his talkRADIO show includes.
“We have phone ins and we try and extract stories from the people that call in, we talk a lot about mental health and depression,” Iain explained, prompting Stanley to ask if he’s ever asked a caller about feeling suicidal.
“In essence that question would be asked because I’ve had suicidal thoughts in the past. It is the biggest killer of men, suicide, between 30 and 45,” the presenter replied.
Rebekah Vardy then joined the conversation, sharing her own thoughts and stating: “You draw from experience don’t you, I tried it when I was younger when I was 14.”
“Wow, that’s incredible, I’m sorry to hear that,” Iain replied. “It breaks my heart to think that as a 14 year old you would consider doing something like that but it is really common, did you get help?”
“No,” Becky said. “Because when I was that age, it was something that was pushed under the carpet and it had such a bad effect on me.
“I made such horrific decisions in life, and I got to a point after I had my second child where it just hit me and it does because you can’t run from it forever and that is what I was doing.
“I had really bad postnatal depression with my second, it’s like Pandora’s box opens and when it opens you have to deal with it.”
“I had CBT therapy which changes your brain’s thought process, I had counselling and I was on anti-depressants for a while and then all of a sudden things just started getting better because you learn to deal with things and you need to talk and talk helps you overcome so many things. It is so different now.”
Iain replied: “For my kids’ generation the way will be cleared slightly, I’m not proud that my head went that way, but it’s not a weakness.”
“The mind is a powerful tool” Jamie Lomas added. “If you let it run away with itself, it will do”.
Viewers at home took to Twitter to praise the openness of the conversation, with one person saying: “Glad to see frank & honest discussion re mental health on #ImACelebrity Look forward to time when I don’t think this is brave to do on national tv.”
Glad to see frank & honest discussion re mental health on #ImACelebrity Look forward to time when I don’t think this is brave to do on national tv.
— Louise Sheffield (@LouSheffield) 29 November 2017