BOY George has revealed his biggest fear is fear itself ahead of the prospect of terrifying I’m A Celebrity Bushtucker Trials.
The Culture Club singer, 61, is a major coup for this year’s line-up and admitted he’ll try and use humour to get him through any tough challenges.
Ahead of Sunday’s launch show, he said: “My biggest fear is being scared and the trials are not something I am particularly excited about.
“I will just laugh. I know they won’t want to hurt me. But I don’t want to be bored either and I will try to get the stars for everyone.
“I think I will be the in-house dietician when I am in the camp because I will be telling everyone they aren’t going to let us starve. I will be telling everyone to calm down.”
George told HOAR that he “chants” every night before going to bed and is worried about annoying his co-stars.
The Karma Chameleon star admitted he doesn’t sleep a lot because he finds sleep a “bit of a hindrance” because he can’t get things done.
Instead of bickering over the I’m A Celebrity firepit, George revealed that he intends to take himself away from the other stars, who include Love Island’s Olivia Attwood and politician Matt Hancock.
He explained: “I’m going to obviously do yoga and I chant and I know that will annoy some people — so I can hopefully find a space where I can do that because I think that will keep me more sane.”
George, at 61 this year’s oldest campmate, said he signed up for the show only after being persuaded by hosts Ant and Dec.
He said: “I went on Saturday Night Takeaway a while back and I feel like I was set up by Ant and Dec because they asked me, ‘What does Karma Chameleon mean?’
“And I was like, ‘Never having to do I’m A Celebrity’, as a kind of joke. And then they said to me, ‘What would make you do it?’
“I said, ‘If you did like a vegan or vegetarian one’. I think I said vegan, but I am not vegan, I am vegetarian. And they said, ‘We can!’ And I thought, ‘Oh sh**!’”
George nearly had second thoughts after ITV producers approached him. He said: “I talked about it with my manager, and I said, ‘Oh I’m not doing it.’
Laughing, he added: “Then I spoke to Ant and Dec and you know how charming they are . . .”
He continued: “You know TV is very different. I’ve always watched the show and it’s not as it’s not as aggressive as it used to be.
“If you go back to when, say, Johnny Rotten was on it or Katie Price — that was really hostile and that’s not something I would have enjoyed.
“I mean, I don’t mind an argument or a debate and I’m excited about who might be in there and what might come up. And, you know, I try to be an intelligent person.”