I’m A Celeb: Naughty Boy takes part in The Savage Stakeout
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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returns to screens again tonight after being previously being cancelled due to Storm Arwen. The star-studded lineup had endured just a week in the castle before being evacuated. Now, fans are weighing in on who they hope leaves first, with Naughty Boy, real name Shahid Khan, at the top of their list.
The music producer has struggled to adapt to life in the camp.
He has on several occasions threatened to leave and go home.
Last week, he said: “I want to make tonight a special night, as I will be leaving in the morning.
“I just think my time here is done.”
But, he remains.
Naughty Boy’s career has followed a different path to that of his contemporaries.
A working-class boy from Watford, he grew up in a Muslim household, his father a taxi driver, his mother a housewife.
In an interview with The Independent in 2014, he explained how he did not have music lessons growing up, but always wanted to pursue something related to the industry.
At one point, he was working as a pizza delivery boy and making beats for up-and-coming MCs.
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He told The Independent that it was an “urgent” point in his life, where his family expected him to do something, but what they envisioned was not necessarily what he wanted to do.
He said: “I grew up in a Muslim house, and there’s a sense of expectancy.
“Especially in the Pakistani community in Watford… ’Cause our parents want us to be the best we can be.
“They’ve come here as immigrants, so they don’t want us just to do as well as them – they want us to do more.
“And sometimes that actually turns into them wanting to be like them, without even realising it.”
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He applied for a grant from the Princes Trust and to be a contestant in the game show, Deal or No Deal.
Receiving £5,000 from the Princes Trust, he was also accepted to play on the show in 2017.
It was here that he came away lucky, winning £44,000.
He told the publication: “I just thought: ‘I have to think out of the box.
“If what I want to do is ridiculous, then to get there I’m going to have to do something equally ridiculous. And a game show was that.
“But I didn’t know I was gonna win £44,000!”
He invested the money in setting up a studio in his parents’ garden shed, and to fly unknown Scottish singers down from Glasgow.
Naughty Boy added: “Winning the show actually gave me the confidence to think, ‘I can do anything’.”
It culminated in his inviting Emile Sandé, the Scottish singer, to record some tracks, forging a partnership that would go on to create a hit single, the best-selling album of 2012 and the second-best-selling album of 2013.
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